NTSPP – 243
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A crossword from Gazza is always a treat to be enjoyed and this crossword was no exception. I hope that I have done justice to his fiendish mind in the review that follows.
9 Block internment in central Afghan village (5)
ANVIL – The answer is hidden (internment in central) AFGHAN VILLAGE.
10 What gets pushed out for lavish celebration? School transport (4,5)
BOAT TRAIN – The word goes in the phrase “push the **** out” followed by a word meaning school or teach.
11 Team crack when wingers red-carded resulting in complaint (7)
EARACHE – The central letters (wingers red-carded or sent off) of TEAM CRACK WHEN.
12 Fixes time for soft intimate touches (7)
TICKLES – Replace the P with a T (time for soft) at the beginning of a word meaning fixes or problems.
13 On Twitter you are being linked with a second affair (5)
AMOUR – The A from the clue followed by a two letter word meaning second followed by the way you would abbreviate “you are” when tweeting.
14 Flags up money pocketed in bribe (7)
BUNTING – … flags that flutter when up. A three letter slang word for money inside a four letter word for a bribe.
16 Turn down cheesy snack? (3)
DIP – A double definition, the first in relation to a financial down turn and the second a snack that may contain cheese.
18 Revolving door led one into dashing off absent-mindedly (7)
DOODLER – An anagram (revolving) of DOOR LED.
19 Bonus point (3)
TIP – A double definition, the first being a gratuity or bonus payment and the second the point of a sharp object.
22 Right honourable tot’s carried round part of Wales (7)
RHONDDA – The abbreviation of Right Honourable followed by a reversed (carried around) of a word meaning to tot or calculate the sum of something.
23 Unfortunately Lady Gaga’s behind sagged from the outset (5)
SADLY – An anagram (unfortunately) of LADY after (behind) the first letter (from the outset) of sagged.
25 In bygone days bargees’ slang got regularly quoted (4,3)
AGES AGO – The even letters (regularly quoted) of BARGEES SLANG GOT.
27 Asian city centre turned out for classy detective (7)
COLUMBO – Take the O (out) and change it to a U (classy) in the name of the capital of Sri Lanka.
29 Virgin, possibly short of excitement, infiltrates artist’s studio? On the contrary (5,4)
TRADE NAME – A word meaning short of excitement or not wild goes around the two letter designation of an artist and a three letter word for a studio.
30 Article about rumpy-pumpy that’s contributed by churchgoer (5)
TITHE – The definite article goes around a two letter euphemism for sex (rumpy-pumpy).
1 /13d/21d: Fit beer pump in two pieces inside convenient container (4,3,6)
HALE AND HEARTY – Inside a word meaning convenient (container reinforces the containment indicator) add separately a word for beer and the organ the pumps blood.
2 Burn duck after limited cooker starts to ruin dinner (6)
OVERDO – A four letter word for a cooker with the final letter removed (limited) followed by the initial letters (starts to) of Ruin Dinner and finally the letter for zero (a duck in cricket).
3 At selected times you may be aroused by words from this … (5,5)
CLOCK RADIO – A mildly cryptic definition of a type of device that can wake you in the morning with words or music depending on which station you have tuned into.
4 … topless black virtuoso (4)
ABLE – Remove the first letter (topless) from a word used in heraldry to indicate black.
5 Nail a stage run in the region of Cambridge (4,6)
EAST ANGLIA – An anagram (run) of NAIL A STAGE.
6 Lug related books around after one (4)
OTIC – The abbreviation for Old Testament (books) followed by the letter for one and the abbreviation for about or circa.
7 Reason for abandoning poor clue? (3,5)
BAD LIGHT – Why play may be abandoned in cricket could also be a poor crossword clue (light).
8 With no discrimination might suggest relationship on campus! (6)
UNISEX – Split 3,3 for a relationship on campus.
13 See 1 Down
14 Malfunctioning loo badly drenches soldiers up at the palace – an issue possibly (5-5)
BLOOD ROYAL – An anagram (malfunctioning) of LOO BADLY goes around a reversal (up) of a two letter abbreviation for soldiers.
15 Our sterile training makes us indecisive (10)
IRRESOLUTE – An anagram (training) of OUR STERILE.
17 Member gets seized by randy ape’s clan finally – hard cheese! (8)
PARMESAN – Another word for a limb or body member goes inside an anagram (randy) of APES and this is followed by the final letter of clan.
20 Thick students forfeited reward (3)
PAY – Remove two Ls (students in the plural) from a word meaning thick in the sense of being very friendly.
21 See 1 Down
24 Downgrade in English test welcomed by both sides in dispute (6)
DEMOTE – Inside the first and last letters (both sides in) of dispute add the abbreviation for English and the type of test older cars must undergo annually.
26 Top copy’s in need of correction (4)
APEX – A word meaning copy or imitate followed by the sign that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.
27 With one stroke maybe team was triumphant (4)
CREW – In a boat, there is only one stroke (leading oarsman) in this group. The word also means to have boasted or was triumphant.
28 Newspaper comments on Princess Eugenie’s daring tops (2-2)
OP-ED – The initial letters (tops) of On Princess Eugenie’s Daring.