NTSPP – 250
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I See No Smut
If crossword clues offer a window into the soul of the setter I would say that Radler is having a mid-life crisis! We go from love and sex at the start of the across clues to lonely heart’s columns, Viagra, falsies, middle age and remembrances of old romances!
1 Proposal puts love on the line (6)
THEORY – The letter representing love or zero goes after (on) the THE from the clue and this is followed by the abbreviation for railway (line).
4 After break-up, divorcee became frigid (4,4)
ICED OVER – An anagram (after break-up) of DIVORCEE.
10 Past it? With Edward it’s just the opposite! (9)
OVERSEXED – … the opposite of past it. A four letter word for past or completed followed by another word for IT (as in nookie) and the two letter word diminutive form of Edward.
11/12/25D Single person, unwelcome by couple’s kids, giving sweets (10,5)
GOOSEBERRY FOOLS – Another word for a person who sits in with a romantic couple spoiling their fun followed by another word for kids (as in bamboozles).
13 Small, erectile dysfunction, taking Viagra initially for length, requires discretion (9)
SECRETIVE – An anagram (dysfunction) of S (small) ERECTILE with the L (length) being replaced by a V (Viagra initially)
14 Woman on top of me recalled squeeze affectionately (7)
EMPRESS – Reverse the ME from the clue and follow this with a word meaning squeeze affectionately.
16 Fifty plus single approaches lonely hearts column (4)
LINE – The Latin for 50 followed by the letter presenting a single number and the inner letters (hearts) of lonely.
19 See 25
21 Alfie’s succeeded, jiggling contents of brassiere (7)
FALSIES – An anagram (jiggling) of ALFIES + S (succeeded).
24 An overwhelming amount have carnal hanky-panky right away (9)
AVALANCE – An anagram (hanky-panky) of HAVE CARNAL without the R (right away).
25/19 Middle-aged and single (5,4)
FORTY FIVE – Double definition of a type of record and the possible time of life when someone is middle aged.
26 Had romances in the past, but old now (5)
DATED – Double definition time again – the first meaning having gone out with someone and something that is passé.
27 Pop out boobs intermittently, Rory is making collection (9)
POTPOURRI – An anagram (boobs) of POP OUT followed by the odd letters (intermittently) of RoRy Is.
28 Passionate admirer‘s agreement to wed, but not yet (8)
IDOLATER – Split (1, 2, 5) this may indicate a promised to give the wedding vows in the future.
29 How it was sat awkwardly next to woman (2,4)
AS THEN – An anagram (awkwardly) of SAT followed by (next to) a northern term for a woman.
1 As Simon’s water‘s run out, filling bath directed (8)
TROUBLED – a reference to the Simon & Garfunkel hit… The abbreviation for run out goes inside (filling) another word for a bath and this is followed by another word meaning directed.
2 For speedy healing female’s taken medicine (3-5)
EYE-DROPS – An anagram (healing) of FOR SPEEDY without the F (female’s taken).
3 Uncertain teaching of religion and heaven (5)
RISKY – The abbreviation for religious instruction followed by another word for heaven.
5 Will extra twist get detectives sent back in? (7)
CODICIL – A three letter word abbreviation for detectives goes inside (sent back in ) another word for twist.
6 Long weekend off, we departed, leaving best friend here? (3,6)
DOG KENNEL – An anagram (of) of LONG WEEKEND without the WE (we departed).
7 Kennedy’s plaything? (6)
VIOLIN – The musical instrument played by Nigel Kennedy.
8 Direct to get drug injected for joint (6)
REEFER – A word meaning direct (as in point to) includes (injected) the abbreviation for ecstasy (drug).
9 Lives a little fast, six espressos in turn (6)
EXISTS – The answer is hidden (a little) and reversed in (in turn) FAST SIX ESPRESSOS.
15 One taken into paid care treated heart tissue (9)
EPICARDIA – Put an I (one) inside an anagram (treated) of PAID CARE.
17 Chief priest caught charter boat for couples (8)
HIERARCH – A homophone (caught) of HIRE (charter) + ARK (boat for couples).
18 One Middle-Eastern person‘s like another (8)
ASSYRIAN – A two letter word for like followed by the word for a native of Syria.
20 Fugitive taking one direction then another around water (7)
ESCAPEE – E (one direction) followed by S (another) and than CA (around – Circa) and PEE (water).
21 Estate Lawrence’s driven away chasing Formula One car (6)
FIESTA – The abbreviation for Formula One followed by (chasing) the ESTATE from the clue after removing (driven away) the initials of Lawrence of Arabia.
22 Punching kicking and hitting non-violent man (6)
GANDHI – The answer is hidden inside (punching) KICKING AND HITTING.
23 Signal‘s rubbish as well (6)
TATTOO – A three letter word for rubbish followed by another word for as well.
25 See 11 Across