NTSPP – 257
A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
The return of Hieroglyph to Saturday afternoon makes us work to find a very long title of a cleverly clued “work of art”.
1a See 29
9a See 29
10a Membrane in shell solved a murder (7)
EARDRUM An anagram (solved) of A MURDER, shell-like being an informal expression for the organ of the body where this membrane can be found.
11a Presenter said to get 1,100, classically? (5)
EMCEE A homophone (said) of the Roman numerals (classically?) which represent 1,100 – M C.
12a Constituent of psyche finally stirs up before game (8)
SUPEREGO The final letter of stirs, UP from the clue, a word meaning before, and a game of skill for two players
14a Score of 10 over? (3)
NET A reversal (over) of the number 10 when it is written as a word.
15a Southern boat landing hammerhead, for one (5)
SHARK The abbreviation for southern and a large floating boat into which (landing) is inserted the ‘head’ of hammer.
16a Bores a Welsh lecturer before the start of school (4)
AWLS A (from the clue), the abbreviations for Welsh and lecturer and the ‘start’ of school.
19a Song about Dutch woman (4)
LADY The abbreviation for Dutch inserted into a song.
20a Nuts dry in recess (5)
BATTY The abbreviation for teetotal (dry) put into a recess.
21a Nick-name “sailor” (3)
NAB An informal word meaning to seize (as is nick here) is obtained from the abbreviation for name followed by one of the ways we refer to a sailor, especially in crosswords.
23a Transport chopped chives around the centre of Charleston (8)
VEHICLES An anagram (chopped) of CHIVES with the middle two letters (centre of) Charleston inserted.
25a Perfect C.V. for the croupier? (5)
IDEAL Split 1,4, this synonym for perfect could be how a croupier might describe his day job.
27a Tyneside river’s agitated – increasingly agitated (7)
NERVIER The abbreviation for the region of England where Tyneside is situated followed by an anagram (agitated) of RIVER.
28a Profit from fine mistake in punt? (7)
BENEFIT An anagram (mistake) of FINE inserted into a punt or wager.
29/8/9/1A/7 24’s C15H2O? (3,8,13,2,5,2,3,4,2,7,6)
THE PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY OF DEATH IN THE MIND OF SOMEONE LIVING – This work by 24d is the solution to 15a preserved in CH2O, probably better known to us as formaldehyde.
1d Pointed out Charlie dressed in country tweed, oddly (9)
INDICATED The letter that Charlie represents in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet is put inside (dressed in) a country and followed by the odd letters of tweed.
2d Cross over picture poetry (8)
TRAVERSE A reversal (over) of the skill of which picture-making is an example, followed by some poetry.
3d At last, Hieroglyph’s wearing green (wearing green) (4)
ECHO The last letter of Hieroglyph inserted into a combining form denoting concern for the environment. The last four words of the clue are an example of the solution!
4d Posh and Becks, etc. – I prepared receptacles to keep the bubbly in (3,7)
ICE BUCKETS The letter used to mean posh or upper-class is added to the letters BECKS ETC I, and then rearranged (prepared).
5d Moved quickly, having ventured taking time (6)
DARTED The abbreviation for time inserted into a word meaning having ventured.
6d Keep key gift (5)
FORTE A gift or thing at which one excels. A keep or small castle followed by a musical key.
7d See 29
8d See 29
13d A rambler wanders before church just off Oxford Street (6,4)
MARBLE ARCH An anagram (wanders) of A RAMBLER followed by one of the abbreviations for church.
17d Flounder with sauce is magnificent (9)
WONDERFUL An anagram (sauce) of FLOUNDER W(ith).
18d Clean broken hinge – one beginning to catch outside yard (8)
HYGIENIC An anagram (broken) of HINGE into which is inserted Y (yard) and the result followed with I (one) and the beginning of catch.
22d Writer‘s bed in the outskirts of Stevenage (6)
SCRIBE A child’s bed inserted into the ‘outskirts’ of Stevenage.
24d Artist needing a drink, having discarded outer layers (5)
HIRST Take the outside letters from an adjective meaning needing a drink.
26d Bird served in Cincinnati bistro (4)
IBIS Hidden in Cincinnati bistro.