NTSPP – 272
Windsurfer’s box spanner
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This puzzle was distributed to those attending the S&B meeting in Cambridge today.
This crossword was prepared for the crossword gathering in Cambridge. A number of the answers are themed with links to Cambridge. I have highlighted these with ** in the solutions below.
1 Came across back exercises that intrigue (5)
TEMPT – A word meaning came across or encountered is reversed (back) and followed by a two letter word for exercises.
4 See 13
11 He loves to make new cuts (7)
OSBORNE – An semi-all in one clue. The letter representing love or zero followed by an S (as loves in is the plural) followed by a word meaning to make (as in to make, produce or ???? a hole with a drill) with the abbreviation for new inserted (cuts).
12 An unbeliever ignoring Catholic’s head is pure (7)
ASEPTIC – The indefinite article (an but for a following consonant) followed by a word for an unbeliever with the C (Catholic’s head) removed.
**13/4 English runner assumes fellow likes to freshen up before 5 for celebration (4,8)
FOLK FESTIVAL – The name of an English river (English runner) includes an anagram (to freshen up) of F (fellow) LIKES TO and the Roman numeral for five.
**14 They show players golf shot; it is playable! (10)
FOOTLIGHTS – An anagram (is playable) of GOLF SHOT IS.
16 Accustom to cutback, acquiring nothing foreign (6)
ORIENT – Reverse (cutback) the TO from the clue and include the French word (foreign) for nothing.
**17/3 Refine snack recipe in technological surroundings (7,4)
SCIENCE PARK – An anagram (refine) of SNACK RECIPIE.
21 American car lacks permit before adding Lincoln’s tail badge (7)
CHEVRON – Remove (lacks) a three letter word for permit from the name of an American car and add the final letter (tail) of Lincoln.
22 Locum not initially disastrous for post (6)
COLUMN – An anagram (disastrous) of LOCUM N (Not initially)
25 He could use long strides (10)
AUSTRALIAN – A cryptic definition of someone who wears long trousers and calls them strides.
**27 This sapphire might be pure, palish variation (4)
BLUE – A compound anagram and all in one clue given the colour of the gem. The word which when added to Sapphire could produce an anagram (variation) of BE PURE PALISH.
29 Spooner’s in front of traffic (7)
DEALING – How Spooner might (on a really bad day when suffering from a heavy cold and having imbibed too much port) have said LEADING (in front of).
**30/23 Bad region can’t be changed into delightful place (7,6)
BOTANIC GARDEN – An anagram (changed) of BAD REGION CANT.
31 Protest easily dismissing first of lawsuits is ultimately short-term (8)
NIMBYISM – A word meaning deftly or easily loses the L (first of lawsuits) and is followed by the IS from the clue and the final word (shortly) of short-term.
32 Musical characters in edgy psychodrama (5)
GYPSY – The answer is hidden (characters in) EDGY PSYCHODRAMA.
2 Ellie’s upset, hard wearing makeup and blusher at first to tart up (9)
EMBELLISH – The first letters (at first) of Makeup and Blusher go inside (wearing) an anagram of ELLIES H (hard).
3 See 17 Across
5 They’re useful for large extensions (8)
ELASTICS – A cryptic definition.
6 People similar to these 13 I appointed (3,5,2)
THE LIKES OF – An anagram (appointed) of THESE I and the answer to 13a.
7 Climber could score victory; it’s the reverse (5)
VETCH – Reverse the order of a word meaning score or engrave and the abbreviation for victory.
8 Six-footer, say, swore under his breath? (6)
LOCUST – A homophone (say) of Low Cussed (swore under his breath)
**9 College pup? (7)
WOLFSON – Split 4,3 this Cambridge college could be a pup of a wild pack animal.
10 Half-heartedly shout down (5)
BELOW – Change the LL to L (half hearted) is a word meaning shout down.
**15 1 of 19, unfinished creation, it’s taken years (10)
UNIVERSITY – The combined educational establishments (19d) in Cambridge. A word for all created things with the final letter removed (unfinished) followed by the IT from the clue and the abbreviation for years.
18 Devices for getting men and women together? (9)
COUPLINGS – A double definition for devices that link carriages together and pairings of men and women.
**19 Schools have pass limits reportedly (8)
COLLEGES – A homophone (reportedly) of Col (pass) edges (limits)
20 Cool articulate hunk might rest this way (2,5)
IN PEACE – A two letter word meaning cool or trendy followed by a homophone (articulate) a word for a hunk or slice of something.
23 See 30 Across
24 Noisy Spring insect perhaps (5)
MAYBE – A homophone (noisy) of MAY (spring) BEE (insect).
26 Crowd livens up, the final is proceeding to start (5)
SWARM – A word meaning livens up has the last letter moved to the front.
28 Starts to snow trek at youth holiday (4)
STAY – The initial letters (starts to) of Snow Trek At Youth.