NTSPP – 242
A Puzzle by Radler
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Our thoughts and condolences are with Radler following the death of his father. This crossword would have been set some time ago but it makes the answer to 25d and the quotation in the clue all the more poignant. I thought that this was one of Radler’s easier crosswords – possibly helped by the generous number of anagrams in the grid.
1 Groom pinned to target (3,5)
END POINT – An anagram (groom) of PINNED TO.
5 Followers make mistake, heading the wrong way (6)
PUPILS – Reverse (heading the wrong way) SLIP UP (make a mistake).
10 August‘s unlimited target revised by 4th of September (5)
GREAT – An anagram (revised) of the inner letters (unlimited) of [T]ARGE[T] followed by the fourth letter of September.
11 Wise man, or possibly a bit of a lad (9)
WOMANISER – An anagram (possibly) of WISE MAN OR.
12 A funny lot with true struggles worse luck (13)|
UNFORTUNATELY – An anagram (struggles) of A FUNNY LOT TRUE.
14 Your setter leaves for the kitchen (5)
THYME – A word sum of the old world for your followed by a word indicating the setter of the crossword.
15 Stole kiss, amorously meeting man (9)
NECKPIECE – … A type of scarf or wrap. A word meaning kiss amorously followed (meeting) another word for a man on a chessboard.
18 Check Jack stocking Socialist Worker (9)
RETARDANT – A three letter word for a sailor (Jack) goes inside (stocking) a word for a socialist followed by a worker insect.
20 Card game custom, breaking packs (5)
OMBRE – The answer is hidden (packs) inside CUSTOM BREAKNG
22 Be conceivably distressed: hear talk about a family (8,5)
ALKALINE EARTH – …Be is the chemical symbol for beryllium, an example of the answer. An anagram (distressed) of HEAR TALK goes around A LINE (a family).
26 Doctor on trial, a hospital drug supplier (9)
INHALATOR – An anagram (doctor) of ON TRIAL A H (Hospital).
27 European scam to avoid sleep succeeded twice (5)
SWISS – Remove the ZZ (avoid sleep) from SWIZZ (scam) and follow this with S S (the abbreviation for succeed twice).
28 Exit, such as on ship (6)
EGRESS – An abbreviation for such as or for example followed by a two letter word meaning on or about and the abbreviation for steamship.
29 No longer frigid, Fleur’s back in raunchy fun zone (8)
UNFROZEN – the final letter (back) of Fleur in an anagram (raunchy) of FUN ZONE.
1 Abused drugs, act follows like a tart (3,7)
EGG CUSTARD – A two letter abbreviate for like or for example followed by an anagram (abused) of DRUGS ACT.
2 Big sea, small fish – prepare latter for chippy (4,3)
DEEP FRY – Another word for the big sea followed by another word for a small fish.
3 Fur coat? Ring gets wife’s attention (9)
OUTERWEAR – A ring on a archer’s target followed by the abbreviation for wife and another word for attention.
4 Old coin buried below recently discovered island (3,6)
NEW GUINEA – A word for recently discovered followed by (buried below) the name of an old coin.
6 Arm parts of Arab states surrounding Lebanon’s borders (5)
ULNAE – UAE (Arab states) around the outer letters (borders) of L[EBANO]N.
7 Pen: scribble line round with it (2,5)
IN STYLE – An anagram (scribbled) of LINE goes around another word for a pig pen.
8 You bet bank (so the saying goes) (4)
SURE – A homophone (so the saying goes) of SHORE (bank).
9 Man originally called a woman (4)
EMMA – How phonetically you would say the first letter (originally) for Man followed by the A from the clue.
13 Hide clothes for slappers (10)
LEDERHOSEN – A cryptic definition for the type of leather trousers worn be Germans.
16 Escape copper at early closing boozer, hide inside (3,3,3)
CUT AND RUN – The chemical symbol for copper followed by a word for a boozer or sot with the final letter removed (early closing) inside which you add a word meaning hide or hit.
17 Fellow’s in favour, admitting one kid has to go (9)
PROFESSOR – A three letter word meaning in favour followed by confessor (one admitting) with the con removed (kid has to go).
19 Cold drink placed before the Girl Guide (7)
TEACHER – TEA (drink) followed by C (cold) and HER (the girl).
21 British Queen Elizabeth admitting love for French musician (7)
BERLIOZ – The B for British followed by ER (queen) and a diminutive form of Elizabeth with an O (love) inside (admitting).
23 Takes out craft, second having sunk (5)
KILLS – Skill (craft) with the S moved to the bottom (second having sunk).
24 Fresh coffee – short of tea we’re told (4)
LATE – Remove one of the Ts (Tea we’re told) from LATTE (coffee).
25 14 said 21’s 10 19 that 12 23 all its 5 (4)
TIME – A homophone (said) of THYME (expanded, the clue reads “Thyme said Berlioz’s great teacher that unfortunately kills all its pupils”