NTSPP – 269
A Puzzle by Vigo
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows
It’s been nearly a year since we last had one of Vigo’s puzzles. This one didn’t take long to solve and was very enjoyable. Interesting that, on Saturday afternoon when I was typing this review, none of the commenters appeared to have noticed the fact that the crossword is a pangram. The 2Kiwis, with double the powers of observation than most, pointed it out later in the day!
1a Festival where a mob jeer uncontrollably (8)
JAMBOREE An anagram (uncontrollably) of A MOB JEER
5a Philosophy with appeal hard to top (6)
ZENITH A Japanese branch of Buddhism (philosophy), the word used to describe [sex] appeal, and the abbreviation for Hard.
9a Unwanted scales no good outside with onset of rain (8)
DANDRUFF A slang word meaning no good is put outside a conjunction meaning with and the ‘onset’ of rain.
10a Protect company working across Colombia (6)
COCOON The IVR code for Colombia followed by the abbreviation for company and a way of saying that something is working.
11a Grave robber maybe old with unpleasant smell and odd ears (7)
EXHUMER A prefix meaning former old, an unpleasant smell and the odd letters of EaRs.
12a Cooks or warms vegetables (7)
MARROWS An anagram (cooks) of OR WARMS.
13a Want the French to train in embroidery (11)
NEEDLEPOINT A synonym for want, the French word for ‘the’ and a verb meaning to train in the sense of aiming a gun or a telescope.
16a A remedy involving quietly posh provider of breast feeding support originally utilized alternative therapy (11)
ACUPUNCTURE A (from the clue) and a remedy into which is inserted the single letter used to mean posh, the musical instruction meaning quietly, the ‘original’ letter of utilized, and the abbreviation for the National Childbirth Trust (provider of breast feeding support).
21a Foreign Office charges include new dishes (7)
FONDUES N (new) inserted between the abbreviation for the Foreign Office and some charges or fees.
22a Hard to get into taxi with Long Island Special to drink (7)
CHABLIS The abbreviation for Hard inserted into a taxi and followed with the abbreviation for Long Island Special.
23a Pictures of rampant ageism (6)
IMAGES An anagram (rampant) of ageism.
24a Paid for part of fish served across Norway (8)
FINANCED Part of a fish and a verb used when a tennis serve is unreturnable go round the IVR code for Norway.
25a Harringey’s erroneously covered hot spring (6)
GEYSER ‘Covered’ by HarrinGEYS ERroneously.
26a Opposites in poems (8)
INVERSES IN (from the clue) and some poems.
1d Book reviews (6)
JUDGES An Old Testament book or part of a verb meaning reviews.
2d Periods when insects eat nitrogen (6)
MONTHS Insects that mainly fly at night ‘eat’ the chemical symbol for Nitrogen.
3d Roams around with a navy crew member (7)
OARSMAN – An anagram (around) of ROAMS followed by A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for navy.
4d Very loud serve roughly returned second after European comes to the boil (11)
EFFERVESCES E (European) followed by the musical abbreviation used to mean very loud (2), an anagram (roughly) of SERVE, followed by a reversal (returned) of an informal abbreviated way of referring to a second or short period of time.
6d Self-indulgent action in hallucination following ecstasy shot (3-4)
EGO-TRIP A word used to describe the hallucinatory effects of a drug goes after the abbreviation for Ecstasy and a shot or attempt at something.
7d Pacino to singlemindedly hold back in part of even tension (8)
ISOTONIC Another hidden word, this time reversed (back) in PaCINO TO SInglemindedly
8d Gives alien square phone parts (8)
HANDSETS A word meaning gives, Mr Spielberg’s alien, and a type of square used to draw right angles (the latter being no problem to anyone who’d solved the DT Saturday Prize Puzzle on the same day).
12d Man-flu tonic fixed defective performance (11)
MALFUNCTION An anagram (fixed) of MAN FLU TONIC.
14d Strange affair follows great uprising (8)
BAFFLING A reversal (uprising) of a slang word meaning great, marvellous, is followed by a brief relationship (affair).
15d When in Paris a rector gets conclusion to tricky dilemma (8)
QUANDARY The French word (used in Paris) for when, A from the clue, the abbreviation for Rector and the ‘conclusion’ of tricky.
17d UK university the Spanish repeatedly return to for something that’s plucked (7)
UKULELE UK (from the clue) the abbreviation for University, and two lots of the Spanish word for ‘the’ reversed (repeatedly return).
18d Beans and cheese with a coating of marmite (7)
EDAMAME The surface reading sounds like something Mr CS would enjoy but the beans I also eat are obtained by following the name of a particular Dutch cheese with A (from the clue) and the ‘coating’ or outside letters of MarmitE.
19d Colt beat Society Falls into place (6)
CLICKS The abbreviation for colt, an informal word meaning to beat and the abbreviation for Society – the capital F for Falls is just there to mislead!
20d Murmurings as one journalist returns to Sun (6)
ASIDES AS (from the clue) I (one) a reversal (returns) of the abbreviation for the ‘top’ journalist, and the abbreviation for Sun.
Thank you to Vigo – hope we see you here again soon.