NTSPP – 265
A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
Hieroglyph does love a themed crossword – indeed he achieved a long-held ambition last Tuesday when his cheese-themed puzzle was published in the Independent. This week’s NTSPP is themed around an activity he obviously followed in between rounds of cheese sandwiches! Once the theme is ‘seen’ it doesn’t take long to finish off the enjoyable crossword.
8/14a 15 19s and 14Ds, 24, 17, 25, 27, 29, 14D on a 10/26? (7,5)
MAXIMUM BREAK The score of 147 on a 10/26 involving potting 15 x 19a (1 point) and 15 x 14d (7 points), a 24 (2), 17 (3), 25(4) , 27(5), 29 (6) and 14d (7).
10/26a 14? Slot one away on one! (7,5)
SNOOKER TABLE You can get a 14a by scoring (slot one away) by putting a ball into a small opening such as a pocket on a 10/26a.
11a Unruly thief trapped by desire for swimmers (9)
WHITEFISH An anagram (unruly) of THIEF inserted into (trapped by) a desire.
12a Dare beginning to trouble English poet (5)
DANTE Readers of the Eagle comic will remember this ‘Dare’ – his Christian name is followed by the beginning of trouble and the abbreviation for English.
14a See 8
15a Booth that acted for a Miliband victory? (5)
EDWIN The Christian name of a famous 19th century American actor is obtained by following Mr Miliband’s name with a victory.
16a Witch‘s portion of Scottish dish (3)
HAG Half (portion of) a Scottish dish eaten on Burns Night.
18a See 24 Down
19a/26D Bureaucracy predates endless reorganisation (3,4)
RED TAPE Remove the final letter (endless) from PREDATES and then reorganise to get an informal way of referring to bureaucracy.
20a/29d Well popular judge covers record (2,3,4)
IN THE PINK The two-letter adverb meaning popular or fashionable, followed by a verb meaning to judge into which is inserted a type of record.
21a Stimulant property of vodka tonic (3)
KAT Hidden in, so a property of, vodKA Tonic is an alternative spelling for some leaves taken for their stimulant effect.
23a/14D Stamp that might cryptically signify lead (5,5)
PENNY BLACK The abbreviations for the two words of the name of the first adhesive postage stamp can be combined cryptically to give the chemical symbol for lead.
25a See 5 Down
26a See 10
28a Learners excitedly pouring outside on arrival (7,2)
ROLLING UP Two of the letter we use as an abbreviation for Learner are put into an anagram (excitedly) of POURING.
30a Wet paper essentially left, you hear, by lake (7)
PLUVIAL The ‘essential’ or middle letter of paper, the abbreviation for Left, the letter that sounds like ‘you’, a preposition meaning by way of, and the abbreviation for Lake.
31a Philosophical method of investigation on newspaper at first? (7)
ORGANON A method of investigation in Greek philosophy – a word for a means of communication such as a newspaper followed by ON (from the clue).
1d Sea duck in the end paddles from the mudflow (4)
SMEW The ‘ends’ of paddleS froM thE mudflow. [I found this picture some two hours before Jane made her comment last night, and said to myself at the time ‘what a pretty duck’]]
2d Agitation of old setter after drinking vermouth (10)
EXCITEMENT A prefix meaning former (old) and a type of setter that makes two objects stick together into which is inserted (drinking) an abbreviation for Italian vermouth.
3d Referee, having left court, roasted prime cut (6)
UMPIRE Remove the abbreviation for court from PRIME
CU T and make an anagram (roasted) of the letters you have left.
4d Turned down El Salvador revolutionary with leader writer (8)
ESCHEWED The IVR code for El Salvador, crosswordland’s favourite revolutionary, the abbreviation for with and the journalist who writes the leading article in a newspaper.
5d/25a Former PM: “God! Borrow recklessly!” (Having introduced new note) (6,5)
GORDON BROWN An anagram (recklessly) of GOD BORROW plus (having introduced ) N (new) and N (note).
6d Film Kelvin amongst interminable function (4)
SKIN The abbreviation for Kelvin inserted into almost all (interminable meaning endless) of a trigonometrical function.
7/27d Card-carrying butler upset over the European Union (4,4)
TRUE BLUE Someone unswervingly faithful, especially to a political party represented by a particular colour – An anagram (upset) of BUTLER put round the abbreviations for European and Union.
9d Rodent‘s reportedly just 21 (7)
MEERKAT A homophone (reportedly) of a synonym for just followed by the solution to 21a.
13d See 17d
14d See 23a
16d Showing off on board, translated “G-Goodnight” (3- 7)
HOT-DOGGING Clever manoeuvres on a surfboard or skateboard – an anagram (translated) of G GOODNIGHT.
17/13d Spilled teenager’s drink (5,3)
GREEN TEA An anagram (spoiled) of TEENAGER.
19d Total income from property on National Theatre register (4-4)
RENT-ROLL The two letters meaning on the subject of, the abbreviation for the National Theatre and another word for a register.
20d Inspiring setter’s stuff taking individual in (7)
IMBUING How Hieroglyph (our setter) might start a sentence to say that he was doing something followed by a verb meaning to stuff into which is inserted I (taking individual – one– in).
22d A Georgia range (3)
AGA A (from the clue) followed by the abbreviation for the State of Georgia.
23d Bird to go with it (6)
PEEWIT An informal term for urinating (to go) the abbreviation for With and IT (from the clue).
24d/18a Amber’s shout: that hurts! (Later cured) (6,5)
YELLOW ALERT A shout, a spontaneous uttering of pain (that hurts!) and an anagram (cured) of LATER.
26d See 19a
27d See 7d
29d See 20a