NTSPP – 267
A Puzzle by Prolixic
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
A return to the Saturday afternoon spot for Prolixic with one of his easier puzzles. It has a rather splendid Nina, which reminded me of collecting friends’ autographs back in the 1950s and made me wonder whether this might have been the start of my obsession with all things cryptic.
6a Living source of energy from fish found around Ramsey’s place? (7)
BIOMASS A type of fish put round abbreviation for the island where the town of Ramsey can be found.
7a Order satirical subject to be dropped (5)
IONIC An order of Greek architecture is obtained by removing the letter informally used to refer to the three basic subjects we study at school from an adjective meaning satirical.
9a Collapse of one in race (4)
RUIN I (one) put in a verb meaning to race.
10a Tailor – copy airman’s blazer?! (10)
PYROMANIAC An anagram (tailor) of COPY AIRMAN.
11a Give a new name to European animal moving back to front (7)
REBADGE Give a new name or symbol to something. E (European) and a nocturnal animal; the latter having the R at the end moved to the front before the E.
13a In France you almost appreciate internet TV? (6)
TUVALU TV is the internet code (similar to .uk) for a country which can be obtained by following the French word for you with almost all of a word meaning appreciate.
15a Capable of doing (2,2)
UP TO Double definition – having the ability required to do something; or in the act of doing something, quite often linked with ‘no good’!
17a Reflective and coy about trendy… (5)
SHINY The two letters meaning trendy, fashionable, inserted into an alternative for coy.
18a …tradesman who sounds appalling (4)
DYER A homophone (sounds) of DIRE (appalling).
19a Maybe Winstone returns cast as a gangster (6)
YARDIE A reversal (returns) of the Christian name of Mr WInstone the actor, followed by a cast or stamp for creation impressions.
20a Ensured Tito was treated (3,2,2)
SAW TO IT An anagram (treated) of TITO WAS.
23a Police force to stop special measures (10)
YARDSTICKS An informal term for the police force, a verb meaning to stop and the abbreviation for special.
26a Pretentious group loses leader (4)
ARTY Remove the leading letter from a group.
27a Religious person seen in church in Durham (5)
HINDU Seen hidden in churcH IN DUrham
28a Judge arrives to eat snack (7)
ARBITER A small amount of food (snack) is inserted into the abbreviation for arrives.
1d Blond guy disturbed about old love gets fresh talent (5,5)
YOUNG BLOOD An anagram (disturbed) of BLOND GUY, the abbreviation for Old and the number that represents nothing (love).
2d American actor always stood up and spoke in a foolish manner (6)
YAPPED Reverse (stood up) the surname of the star of, amongst other things, Pirates of the Caribbean, and an archaic way of saying always, ever.
3d Client of American hospital department (4)
USER Another way of saying American followed by their abbreviation for the Accident & Emergency Department.
4d Medical science using IT with embryo reproduction (8)
BIOMETRY A reproduction or anagram of IT and EMBRYO.
5d Privy to local ringing opposition leader (2,2)
IN ON A local hostelry ‘ringing’ or going round the ‘leader’ of opposition.
6d More aristocratic conman’s not very loud (5)
BLUER Remove the musical abbreviation for very loud from a deceiver or conman.
8d Idiot‘s letter read out on the radio (7)
CHARLIE An informal term for an idiot is also the word used in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet (read out on the radio) to represent the letter C.
12d Produces reversal of second dimension (5)
EMITS As the clue handily instructs, you need a reversal of the abbreviation for second and a dimension.
14d Graphic film with kinky deviants you finally discarded (5,5)
VIDEO NASTY An anagram (kinky) of DEVIANTS YO – the U at the end of yo
u being discarded as per the wordplay.
16d Broadcast card game for ruler (7)
PHARAOH A homophone (broadcast) of a game of chance played by betting on the order of appearance of certain cards.
17d Old computer array (8)
SPECTRUM A 1980s computer or a range of something, eg colours.
21d Condiment cut up with salt and iodine (6)
WASABI A reversal of a verb meaning to cut up, one of the ways we refer to a sailor (salt) and the chemical symbol for iodine.
22 A 16d briefly sits on gold coach (5)
TUTOR The abbreviated way (briefly) we might refer to one of the better known 16ds followed by the heraldic term for gold.
24d Seaside feature composed of greyish-brown earth (4)
DUNE The name of a greyish-brown colour plus the abbreviation for earth.
25d Reach a verdict to detain oik (4)
CHAV The BRB describes this oik found hidden in reaCH A Verdict s a boorish uneducated person who appears to have access to money but not necessarily to taste.
The Nina starts at the bottom of the first Down row and goes round the perimeter of the puzzle in a clockwise direction to produce one of the things I might have written in a friend’s autograph book
YYUR YYUB ICUR YY4ME
Prolixic having used the Roman numerals IV in his Nina round outside of the puzzle as letters are required for the crossword. Say the letters out loud – Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me!
Other entries that amused included:
If the BMT put more :
If the B . putting :
And my personal favourite:
Mary Rose sat on a pin