NTSPP – 266
A Puzzle by Imsety
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows:
Imsety proves once again that he is a able graduate from the Rookie Corner with this excellent crossword.
1 Interrogate author of religious writings? (8,4)
QUESTION MARK – … the definition is disguised as the ? Another word for interrogate followed by the author of the shortest gospel.
9 Something consumed by footballers before and after extra time (4)
FETA – The name of the body responsible for football in the UK goes around (before and after) an abbreviation (not in Chambers) for extra time.
10 Liberal welcomed by poor workers, collectively offering kind remark (10)
PLEASANTRY – The abbreviation for Liberal goes inside (welcomed by) another word for a group of poor workers.
11 Sick boss eats something that’ll make him feel much worse! (8)
ABSESTOS – An anagram (sick) of BOSS EATS.
12 Ducks on river finding way to congregate, maybe (5)
ROOST – The abbreviation for a river followed by two letters representing a duck or zero and the abbreviation for a way or street.
13 Manage the first of setter’s clues (5)
LEADS – Another word for to manage or run an organisation followed by the first letter of setter.
14 Broadcast from a church features new type of word (8)
ANNOUNCE – The A from the clue and an abbreviation for church includes (features) the abbreviation for new and a part of speech (type of word).
16 School to lose backing for timetable (8)
SCHEDULE – The abbreviation for school followed by a reversal (backing) of a word meaning to lose. An excellent example of the need to lift and separate the lose and backing to get the wordplay.
19 Money made from a mix of metals (5)
BRASS – A double definition for an informal term for money and an alloy of copper and zinc.
21 Get out of a hole (5)
AVOID – The A from the clue followed by a word for a hole or empty space.
23 Told to get together before dance for something to eat (8)
MEATBALL – A homophone (told) of a word meaning to get together followed by another word for a dance.
24 Junkie deprived of cocaine is initially working with gangster to get more (10)
ADDITIONAL – Remove (deprived of) the abbreviation for cocaine from a word for a junkie or drug addict and follow this by the first letter (initially) of “is”, a word meaning working and the first name of the gangster Mr Capone.
25 Set off for excursion (4)
TRIP – A double definition – set off in the sense of trigger or detonate and an excursion.
26 Try to divorce gentle man in good spirits (5-7)
LIGHT-HEARTED – A word meaning to try (as in try a legal case) goes inside (to divorce) a word for gentle and a shortened form of Edward (man).
2 Tune is produced by large instrument (7)
UTENSIL – An anagram (produced) of TUNE IS followed by the abbreviation for large.
3 Impasse reached with old friend (9)
STALEMATE – A word meaning old or past its sell by date followed by another word for a friend.
4 Drive via northbound road – only 50% of petrol used (7)
IMPETUS – A reversal (northbound) of a major road followed by half (only 50%) of the words PET
ROL and US ED.
5 Vegetables in fridge make soup delicious; everything’s gone but the dregs! (5)
NEEPS – The final letters (everything gone but the dregs) of iN fridgE makE souP deliciouS.
6 Person finishing well off the pace might be too rushed (4-3)
ALSO-RAN – A word meaning too followed by a word meaning rushed.
7 Style of fighting to culminate in knockout (5)
KENDO – A word meaning to culminate or finish goes inside the abbreviation for knockout.
8 Blue pen moved from reception by mistake (6)
EROTIC – An anagram (by mistake) of RECEPTION after the letters in PEN have been removed. The moved is a secondary anagram indicator as the letter in PEN are not removed in the same order.
14 Mirror censoring extremists in tabloid? (3)
APE – Remove the first and last letters (censoring extremists) from a word that describes a tabloid.
15 Urban lot relocated outside a city (4,5)
ULAN BATOR – An anagram (relocated) for URBAN LOT around the A from the clue.
17/23 Cute man and topless model posed for artist (6,5)
CLAUDE MONET – An anagram (posed) of CUTE MAN [M]ODEL removing the M from model (topless).
18 Reversing the effects of downfall (7)
UNDOING – A double definition.
19 Writing that’s not particularly smooth (7)
BRAILLE – A cryptic definition of the raised type used for the blind.
20 Cross sailor suppresses indignation (7)
SALTIRE – Another word for a sailor followed by (supresses) another word for indignation or rage.
22 A bit of subtle irony upset Oxford college (5)
ORIEL – The answer is hidden (a bit of) and reversed (upset) in SUBTLE IRONY.
23 See 17