NTSPP – 245
Non-alcoholic by Soup
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Soup becomes the first of our Rookies to graduate to the NTSPP slot with this entertaining puzzle – watch out for more graduates in the coming weeks.
Read the instructions carefully!
A review of this by Prolixic follows.
Welcome to our first graduate from the Rookie Corner to the NTSPP. Soup provided us with an excellent crossword where ten of the clues provided only part of the wordplay. From the instructions, we knew that the solutions had to be fortified. This was done by adding the name of an alcoholic drink in to the answer. Explanations are set out below and a copy of the completed grid with the drinks highlighted is included at the end of the review.
9 Let out awful solo note (5)
LOOSE – An anagram (awful) of SOLO followed by one of the notes on the musical scale.
10 Measure spice – I left out girl’s food (9)
ENCHILADA – A two letter word for a printer’s space or measure followed by a hot type of spice with the final I removed (left out) followed by a girl’s name.
11 Fire axe? (9)
DISCHARGE – A double definition, the first as in firing from a gun and the second as another word for make redundant.
12 See 8 Down
13 “____?” “No, she flew to Indonesia!” (7)
JAKARTA – … the capital of the country – A play on the phrase “d’ya cart her?” which might lead to the response, “no she flew…”
15 Resolution seen when starting display equipment (7)
DECIDER The initial letters (starting) of Display and Equipment fortified (and followed by) by an alcoholic drink made from apples.
17 Lodges or retreats (5)
NESTS – A single definition that has two synonyms with opposite meanings.
18 Bag of pheasants acquired (3)
SAC – The answer is hidden (of) in PHEASANTS ACQUIRED
20 Unfinished Pinter performance is heavy-handed (5)
INEPT – An anagram (performance) of PINTE (Pinter unfinished – ie without its final letter).
22 Scorn as mindless front follows somewhat crass rebuttal (7)
SARCASM – The AS from the clue and the first letter (front) of Mindless follow a reversal (rebuttal) of the first four letters (somewhat) of crass.
25 In which a heart of flint sparks a steely reserve? (7)
LIGHTER – A cryptic definition of a device that sparks a piece of flint against steel to produce a flame.
26 French and English articles are turned on it (5)
LATHE – The French feminine definite article followed by the English definite article. I think that the “articles” here is doing double duty as both part of the wordplay and part of the definition.
27 Apple, cored and stuffed with exceptional German fruit (9)
AUBERGINE – The outer letters (cored) of apple contain (stuffed with) the German word for exceptional followed by and fortified with mother’s ruin.
30 Rants about the buses? (9)
TRANSPORT – An anagram (about) of RANTS followed and fortified by a type of alcoholic beverage from Portugal.
31 Soup set off matches (5)
MEETS – A two letter word for the setter followed by an anagram (off) of SET.
1 /13d: Radio presenter has singles by former chorister (4,5)
ALED JONES – We begin with and fortify the clue with a type of beer followed by the two letter abbreviation for a disc jockey and a word meaning singles.
2 Leaves supporters? (8)
FORSAKES – Another word for supporters is fortified by (and contains) a type of Japanese rice wine.
3 Tangle frayed hems (4)
MESH – An anagram (frayed) of HEMS.
4 They mop up spills, Mother Eliot (4,4)
BEER MATS – We begin with fortifying the clue with a hops based alcoholic beverage and follow this with a two letter word for mother and the initials of the poet Mr Eliot.
5 Wife dropped in twisted passage (6)
SCREED – Remove the W (wife dropped) from a word meaning twisted.
6 Spooner hears PM taking criticism (3-7)
NIT PICKING – How Spooner may have said (PITT (Prime Minister) NICKING (taking)).
7 Holy section of mass (a Credo) (6)
SACRED – The answer is hidden inside (section of) MASS A CREDO. Although not part of the theme, the answer does end with a generic type of grape based alcoholic beverage.
8 /12a: Look at you, protecting singer who kissed a girl (4,5)
KATY PERRY – The first part of the answer is hidden in (protecting) LOOK AT YOU and the answer is fortified and followed by a pear based alcoholic beverage.
13 See 1 Down
14 Wanting safety, try some poetry (4-6)
RISK AVERSE – Another word for try or risk followed by a phrase (1,5) that indicated part of a poem.
16 It revolves around, around revolves it! (5)
ROTOR – A cryptic reference to the palindromic word for something that revolves.
19 Bite lace off, still a virgin (8)
CELIBATE – An anagram (off – again!) of BITE LACE.
21 Embroiled hospital section and departmental head (8)
ENTWINED – A hospital department dealing with the ear, nose and throat and the first letter (head) of departmental inside which the answer is fortified by a grape based alcoholic beverage.
23 Coming soon in tabloid: naughty boy! (6)
RATBAG – An abbreviation meaning coming soon goes inside a derogatory word for a tabloid newspaper.
24 Centre of sown field (6)
MEADOW – We start with an alcoholic beverage made from honey and follow this with the centre letters of SOWN.
26 Dead slow (4)
LATE – A double definition.
28 Parking one’s behind (4)
RUMP –We start with an alcoholic drink distilled from sugar cane and follow this with the abbreviation for parting.
29 Facility for exams we took regularly (4)
EASE – The odd letters (took regularly) of EXAMS WE.