NTSPP – 244
A Puzzle by Alchemi
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
A nice fairly straightforward themed puzzle.
1a Astound greatest living Englishman initially on the toilet (6)
BOGGLE A slang word for a toilet followed by the initial letters of Greatest Living Englishman
4a Herb (Republican) interrupts important American military leader (8)
MARJORAM Insert the abbreviation for Republican into a word meaning important and then follow with the abbreviation for American and the ‘leader’ of Military.
10a Colour reflected by dog soup (7)
CHOWDER A reversal (reflected) of a colour follows a breed of long-haired dog with a curly tail.
11a Captain disembarks from boat with American letter game (7)
YAHTZEE Remove the abbreviation for Captain from a type of sailing boat (which interestingly was the first name given to this game as it was played on such a boat) and follow with the American way of pronouncing the letter we would call a ‘zed’.
12d King and knight put back in jeopardy (4)
RISK A reversal of the abbreviation for King and the title by which a knight is known.
13a Visual signal transmitter‘s reception very poor (5,5)
OPTIC NERVE This part of the eye is an anagram (poor) of RECEPTION and V (very).
15a Tin garden tools show no resistance to deceivers (6)
SNAKES The chemical symbol for tin followed by some garden tools, the first letter of which, an abbreviation for Resistance, is removed (show no resistance).
16a Runs large 15s (7)
LADDERS The abbreviation for large followed by some 15as.
20a Very boring breaks outside (7)
TEDIOUS An anagram (breaks) of OUTSIDE.
21a Second exercise involving old policemen turned out well (6)
SPRUCE The abbreviation for Second, and the two letters we use to refer to school ‘exercise’ into which is inserted the abbreviation for the Royal Ulster Constabulary (old policemen).
24a Put money on having good morning at one-day game (10)
BACKGAMMON A verb meaning to put money on, eg a horse, the abbreviation for Good , the two-letter abbreviation for the Latin term for morning and an abbreviated day of the week.
26a Diamonds and more diamonds used in 1a, 3, 9, 11, 12, 15 & 16, 24, 25 & 31 and 30 (4)
DICE The abbreviation for Diamonds in a card game followed by a slang term for diamonds give something needed to play all the themed solutions.
28a One who failed to finish the course has sulky expression after doctor gets round (7)
DROPOUT The abbreviation for doctor, O (a ‘round’ letter) and a sulky expression formed by protruding the lips.
29a Country-lover to hit back at social unrest (7)
PATRIOT A reversal (back) of a verb meaning to hit lightly followed by some unrest.
30a Second ban on old-fashioned college gives sole control (8)
MONOPOLY An abbreviation for a moment (second) NO (ban)
the abbreviation for old, and the informal way of referring to one of those colleges now called a ‘university’.
31a Newsman shown a country losing its way, invaded by Switzerland (6)
ANCHOR A from the clue followed by a Scandinavian country with its last three letters removed (losing its way) with the IVR code for Switzerland inserted (invaded by..).
1d Spooner’s preference in torture devices which could be part of comfy chair (8)
BACK REST How the dreaded Reverend Spooner might say that a particular form of torture was better than another.
2d It’s reasonably healthy to be utterly furious about lost dosh (4,5)
GOOD SHAPE An anagram (lost) of DOSH inserted into a slang expression meaning to go crazy.
3d Slut stripped before party game (4)
LUDO Remove the outside letters (stripped) from
sLU t and follow with a party.
5d The last of the family’s capital blown on rum (8)
ATYPICAL Rum in the sense of odd, not usual. An anagram (blown) of the final letter of familY and CAPITAL.
6d Actor regularly whining in ecstasy as editor turns over pages (6,4)
JOHNNY DEPP Insert the regular letters of wHiNiNg into a word mean ecstasy (3) to get this actor’s Christian name. His surname is a reversal (turns over) of the useful abbreviation for editor followed by two abbreviations for page.
7d Essentially crazy men get shaving equipment (5)
RAZOR The middle letters (essentially) of rAZOr followed by the two letters by which other ranks of soldiers (men) are known.
8d Humbler setter one making the most of very little (6)
MEEKER How the setter would refer to himself followed by someone making the most of very little.
9d Noxious gas blocked by the blame game (5)
CRAPS A nasty gas used to control rioters with a slang term for blame inserted.
14d Perhaps News Corp journalist gets note about heartless violence being on the increase (5,5)
MEDIA GROUP The journalist we met in 6d is inserted into a musical note, this should be followed by a slang term for aggressive behaviour from which has one of its letters removed (heartless). Finish with a word meaning on the increase and then split the result 5,5.
17d Fairly normal ending as big defeat wipes force out (9)
ROUTINISH A big defeat replaces the F at the beginning of a word meaning ending (Force out).
18d Surprised Aunt Meg with Leonardo’s first bronze (8)
GUNMETAL An anagram (surprised) of AUNT MEG and L (Leonardo’s first).
19d Army unit has rabbit carrying a rifle (8)
REPEATER The Royal Engineers followed by a famous literary rabbit with A (carrying A) inserted.
22d One to offer space there as well (6)
IBIDEM The letter that looks like a one, an offer, and a printer’s term for a space the width of a letter M.
23d Imprisons supermarkets (5)
COOPS Puts in narrow places such as prison cells or an informal way of referring to one chain of supermarkets.
25d Bird on new coin (5)
CROWN A type of bird followed by (on) the abbreviation for New.
27d Knock-out model appearing in paper (4)
STUN The letter by which an old Ford car was known inserted into one of red-topped tabloids.