NTSPP – 263
A Puzzle by Wiglaf
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
Well that took some working out. Wiglaf came up with some entertaining and perplexing wordplay with this one. I was not too keen on some of the lift and separate wordplay but this was a crossword to keep you plugging away to get to the end and to enjoy the mental dexterity required.
1 Description of centre for unfreezing ethylene (6)
ETHENE – A description of the central letters of unfrEEzing as 1, 4, 1 gives the answer.
4 Fuel produced by US science graduate containing energy cereal I brought round (8)
BIOGASES – … an American spelling. The abbreviation for Bachelor of Science contains a reversal (brought round) of the abbreviation for energy, a type of cereal and the I from the clue.
9 Mo throttled husband several times over (6)
THRICE – Another word for mo or a short period of time goes around (throttled) the abbreviation for husband.
10 Disheartened school child, oddly, swallows earth worm (8)
SCOLECID – remove the HO from school (disheartened) and follow this with the odd letters of ChIlD and include (swallowed) the abbreviation for earth. Wiglaf has borrowed heavily from the Setters’ Book of Obscure Words in various places in this crossword.
11 Old warmonger from Mars zapped American nurse (9)
RASMUSSEN – … a Viking surname (old warmonger). An anagram (zapped) of MARS followed by the abbreviation for United States (American) and the abbreviation for State Enrolled Nurse.
13 Member of secret fraternity moans about … (5)
MASON – An anagram (about) of MOANS.
14 … some philosophers providing instruction during organised sit-ins (13)
INTUITIONISTS – Another word for teaching or instruction goes inside an anagram (organised) of SIT-INS.
17 Among believers the First Lady is slightly fascistic (5,2,6)
RIGHT OF CENTRE – A description of the position of the L (first lady) in the word beLievers.
21 Pressure put on city of old Georgia to exterminate dissidents (5)
PURGE – The abbreviation for pressure followed by the name of an old biblical city and the abbreviation for Georgia.
23 Egg’s best served with endless butter for pedantic type (3-6)
NIT-PICKER – A word for the egg produced by a head louse followed by another word for best or choice and the final two letters of butter (butt or end removed – endless).
24 Doctor Strangelove! He waits in the theatre (with Vladimir) (8)
ESTRAGON – An anagram (doctor) of STRANGE O (love).
25 Choose an extract from Penrose lecture (6)
SELECT – The answer is hidden (an extract from) PENROSE LECTURE.
26 Author of satirical novels set in Flanders? Just the opposite, except at the end (8)
SMOLLET – The name of Miss Flanders in the Daniel Defoe novel goes inside the SET from the clue and this is followed by the last letter (at the end) of except.
27 Seaman in port is exhibiting eye problem (6)
PTOSIS – The abbreviation for port followed by the IS from the clue inside which you add the abbreviation for Ordinary Seaman.
1 Complete collection of books discovered in Ireland (6)
ENTIRE – The abbreviation for the New Testament goes inside (discovered in) another name for Ireland.
2 Badgering society girl to do a somersault during topless event (9)
HARASSING – The abbreviation for Society and a diminutive form of the name Sarah are reversed (do a somersault) inside another word for an event or happening with the first letter removed (topless).
3 US broadcaster on the quarterdeck in protective gear? (3,4)
NBC SUIT – The abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company followed by a word for something of which there are four in a deck of cards.
5 Continually wanting to go home to North America? (11)
INCONTINENT – A two letter word for home followed by a word for a landmass of which North America is an example.
6/7 Apparently grandfather’s laundered cash for American banksters? (7,5)
GOLDMAN SACHS – The abbreviation for grand followed by another word 3,3 for a father with the ‘s added and an anagram (laundered) of cash.
8 Europeans embraced by woman from part of Africa (8)
SUDANESE – The word for people from Denmark (Europeans) goes inside (embraced by) a woman’s name – we have a cryptic one as a blogger here.
12 Detecting bad smell? Shout about it (8,3)
SNIFFING OUT – Another phrase for shout out (4,3) goes around a four letter word for a bad smell.
15 Polish ships turned up at cape (9)
SLEEKNESS – A poetic word for ships is reversed (turned up) and followed by another word for a cape or headland.
16 People complaining about priest’s vices? (8)
GRIPPERS – Another word for people having gripes goes around the abbreviation for priest.
18 Elation after massaging part of foot (7)
TOENAIL – An anagram (after massaging) of ELATION.
19 Missile making a loud sound after taking out Scottish leader (7)
TRIDENT – Remove (after taking out) the S (Scottish leader) from a word meaning making a loud sound.
20 Greek revolutionary army is free (6)
GRATIS – The abbreviation for Greek followed by a reversal (revolutionary) of the abbreviation for Territorial Army and the IS from the clue.
22 5 mph to 100 mph? That’s some acceleration (5)
RATIO – … the relationship between two numbers or quantities is hidden inside ACCELERATION.