NTSPP – 251
A Puzzle by Prolixic
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
I thought this a slightly trickier than usual puzzle from Prolixic. Not often he gives us a pangram – this one contains a couple of clues which definitely reference his day/Sunday jobs.
8a During European conflict, Norway is alert (8)
FOREWARN A preposition meaning, amongst more well-known definitions, ‘during’, the abbreviation for European, another word for conflict and the IVR code for Norway.
9a I may be heard to give affirmation (6)
AVOWAL I is an example of one of five letters of the alphabet, a homophone of the two words you’d use to describe such a letter (may be heard) means an affirmation.
10a Covered despicable director injecting drug (6)
VEILED Insert the abbreviation for Ecstasy (injecting drug) into another word for despicable and finish with the abbreviation for Director.
11a Piece about artist eating energy food (8)
MARZIPAN A foodstuff we’re going to see a lot of in the next few weeks! Another way of referring to a piece on a chess board into which is inserted (about) the abbreviation for an artist, the latter having a word meaning energy inserted.
12a Common religious clothing’s regularly durable (8)
HABITUAL The name for clothing worn by a member of a religious order followed by the regular letters of dUrAbLe.
13a Doctor’s in prison for caper (6)
GAMBOL One of the abbreviations for doctor inserted into one of the alternative words for prison.
14a Cleaner‘s anguish with wild quip going viral (7-2,6)
WASHING-UP LIQUID An anagram (going viral) of ANGUISH WILD QUIP.
18a Heavy guy speaks with hesitation to the queen (6)
HAWSER Here a guy is a type of rope. A noise you might make when feeling indecisive (speaks with hesitation) and the regnal cipher of our current Queen.
20a Bishop and vicar removing date from calendar in service book (8)
BREVIARY The abbreviation for Bishop, an abbreviated way of referring to a vicar, and a calendar from which the first letter, a D, is omitted (removing date).
23a Stop sapper’s transport (8)
RESTRAIN Sappers are members of the Royal Engineers, the abbreviation for which, plus an S (sapper’s) should be followed by a type of rail transport.
24a Printer cuts head off flower by fountain (3-3)
INK-JET Remove the initial letter from a member of the carnation family and follow with a type of fountain.
25a Get rid of some Hindi spelling (6)
DISPEL Hidden in some of HinDI SPELling.
26a Fence post? (8)
RECEIVER A fence is someone who takes in stolen goods – another term for this fence can also mean the post held by someone appointed to manage a bankrupt company.
1d Devotions of old cleric in North America (6)
NOVENA Devotions of prayers held on nine successive days. Insert the abbreviation for Old and the abbreviated way one might refer to an archdeacon (cleric) into the abbreviation for North America.
2d Just about healthy and gallant at heart (4-4)
WELL-NIGH A word meaning healthy and the middle letters (at heart) of a chivalrous person.
3d Means of transport seen in England and Australia (6)
LANDAU Hidden (seen in) the last four letters of EngLAND and the first two of AUstralia.
4d Had I any lambs run away with this farming activity? (6,9)
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY An anagram (run away) of HAND I ANY LAMBS
5d Spanish city briefly shortened festival song (8)
MADRIGAL Almost all (briefly) of a Spanish city followed by a festival with its last letter removed (shortened).
6d I express hesitation following school’s stand (6)
PODIUM A school of whales followed by I from the clue and a sound used to express hesitation,
7d Medley of maiden playing ocarina (8)
MACARONI The abbreviation for Maiden followed by an anagram (playing) of OCARINA.
15d Roughly half in account is of no practical use (8)
ACADEMIC Insert into the abbreviation for account, the abbreviation for the Latin word circa (about)and a combining form denoting half.
16d As usual opera heroine gets her end away with friend (8)
NORMALLY The heroine of Bellini’s eponymous opera with the last letter of her name removed (gets her end away) and another word for friend.
17d Shrewd cook’s temporary solution (5,3)
QUICK FIX Shrewd or ready-witted followed by a verb meaning to manipulate or falsify (cook).
19d Exercise involves organised workers cutting drinks (3-3)
SIT-UPS The abbreviation for a group of organised workers inserted into a verb meaning drinks.
21d Show Venice in a different light (6)
EVINCE An anagram (in a different light) of VENICE.
22d Mary Jane‘s jacket (6)
REEFER A cigarette containing marijuana (Mary Jane is a slang term for this drug) or a short thick double-breasted jacket.