NTSPP – 252
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A quality crossword from Wiglaf. The nine themed answers (shown in green) were all names of films made by Alfred Hitchcock.
1 Young Conservative in store moving quietly to the front (6)
PSYCHO – Put the abbreviation for Young Conservatives inside another word for a store or retail outlet and move the P (quietly) to the front.
5 Father’s the catalyst – not me (6)
FRENZY – The abbreviation for Father followed by another word for a catalyst in biological reactions without the ME at the end.
10 Wash food that’s been processed, then cook in a special tub (6,2,1,5)
SHADOW OF A DOUBT – An anagram (that’s been processed) of WASH FOOD followed by the A from the clue and an anagram (special) of TUB inside which you add another word for cook or diddle.
11 About to fall in love, son? Write poems on a different subject (10)
DIGRESSING – The abbreviation for on or about goes inside another word for love or like and the abbreviation for son. This is followed by a word meaning write poems.
12 Love admitted by a pair of ostlers coming together (4)
EROS – The answer is hidden inside OSTLER OSTLER (pair of ostlers).
13 “Drop your weapons” said Mr Fantastic (6)
DISARM – An anagram (fantastic) of SAID MR.
15 Time to acquire “Brideshead Revisited” after being reduced by 30% (3,5)
THE BIRDS – The abbreviation for time followed by an anagram (revisited) of the BRIDESHEAD minus the final three letters (reduced by 30%).
17 Maiden I whipped is in spanking condition (8)
UNMARRED – Remove the I (whipped) from a word meaning a maiden or single person.
20 Girl retired after six in European city (6)
VIENNA – One of the themed answers. The Roman numerals for six followed by a reversal (retired) of a girl’s name.
21 Scrabble without the letter ‘G’ (4)
ROPE – One of the themed answers. Remove the G from the beginning of a word meaning scrabble or fumble.
23 Roger Black, a hip tormented writer (10)
BIOGRAPHER – An anagram (tormented) of ROGER B A HIP, the B being the abbreviation for black.
25 Etherised goat (5,9)
UNDER CAPRICORN – One of the themed answers. Another word for being etherised or having had an anaesthetic followed by the star sign represented by the goat.
26 Cane to thrash scoundrel’s behind? The opposite (6)
RATTAN – Another word for a scoundrel goes before (rather than behind) another word meaning to thrash.
27 Flicks nuts to arse (6)
OATERS – … as in films. An anagram (nuts) of TO ARSE.
2 Movie set in South American island being shown (9)
SUSPICION – On of the themed answers. Another (abbreviated) word for a movie goes inside the abbreviations for South, American and Island. This is followed by a word meaning being shown.
3 One hosts meetings daily to make case for independence (5)
CHAIR – Another word for a daily or cleaner holds (makes a case for) the abbreviation for independence.
4 Marsupial and mouse? Spot both endlessly fighting (7)
OPOSSUM – An anagram of MOUS SPO (mouse and spot with their final letters removed).
6 Seat gauges regularly used in debate – not for the first time (7)
REARGUE – Another word for a seat or bottom followed by the odd letters (regularly) of GAUGES.
7 Coin new word by translating Erse into English (9)
NEOTERISE – An anagram (translating) of ERSE INTO E (E for English).
8 Lout starting to bash young man over nothing (5)
YOBBO – Reverse (over) the first letter (starting to) of bash and another word for a young man and follow this by the letter representing nothing.
9 Council is drunk after drinking contest (6)
SOVIET – Another word for a drunken person includes (drinking) another word for contest.
14 Humiliation of worthless soldiers in revolutionary army (9)
ABASEMENT – Reverse (revolutionary) the abbreviation for the territorial army (as was) and include inside another word for worthless or corrupt and a word for soldiers.
16 Jailer tortured nude Negro (9)
DUNGEONER – An anagram (tortured) of NUDE NEGRO.
18 Old instrument cases (7)
REBECCA – Another of the themed answers. The name of an old musical instrument is followed by the abbreviation for cases.
19 Flagging without resources, travelling north through Benin (6)
DROOPY – The IVR code for Benin includes (trough) a reversal (travelling north) of a word meaning without resources.
20 India invests in green energy (7)
VERTIGO – Another of the themed answers. The abbreviation for India goes inside (invests in) a word meaning green and another word meaning energy.
22 I have outgrown erotic skirts (5)
OWNER – The answer is hidden inside (skirts) OUTGROWN EROTIC.
24 Non-U French author in good health! (5)
PROST – Remove the U from the name of a French author.