NTSPP – 275
Big Dave by Radler
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
You expect a tricky puzzle from Radler but this crossword entertains as well, not least because it is full of references to someone we all know.
8a Someone who’s Big Dave’s opponent? (7)
GOLIATH A giant or the opponent of the boy who became an Old Testament King – although I don’t think he’s ever been known as Dave!
9a Pick up, put down – must be a trick (7)
SLEIGHT A homophone (pick up) of a word meaning an affront by showing neglect (put down).
10a Alcohol, it seems to me, lacks colour (5)
METHS Remove a coloured liquid (lacks colour) from an archaic way of saying ‘it seems to me’.
11a Flipping Bob’s a flapper (5,4)
RUDDY DUCK Flipping and the first word of the solution are euphemisms for a particular swear word. Bob here is another way of saying dip down quickly.
12a Furthest from roomy refuge, concealed weapon (9)
NARROWEST A weapon that might have been used by Robin Hood is hidden in a refuge often used by a bird.
14a Big Dave’s outside entering cellar regularly (5)
ELDER Big as in big sister – The outside letters of DavE are inserted into the regular letters of cElLaR.
15a Incomplete publication Big Dave orders in anyway (8,7)
ABRIDGED VERSION An anagram (anyway) of BIG DAVE ORDERS IN.
19a Book adult left behind (5)
ALBUM A particular type of book is obtained from the abbreviations for Adult and Left and a very informal term for the behind or bottom.
21a Candidate wanted job at University, lecturer attracting worker (9)
POSTULANT Another word for job, the abbreviations for University and Lecturer and one of the insect world’s workers.
23a Dave perhaps at cross dresser’s pickup place (2,7)
TV STATION The abbreviation for transvestite (cross dresser) and a place you might pick up a train or a bus.
25a Mark edges of Big Dave – not very out of shape (5)
BADGE The edges of BiG and an anagram (out of shape) of DAVE once you have removed the V (not very).
26a Dave turned up and Norman retreated (7)
CAMERON A Dave who has been in the news a lot lately. A way of saying ‘turned up’ and a reversal (retreated) of the abbreviation for Norman (3).
27a Typical slight to Big Dave – leader lost temper (7)
AVERAGE DAVE without the first letter (leader lost) followed by another word for temper.
1d It’s me, me, me and me again, foolishly admitting love (8)
EGOMANIA An anagram (foolishly) of ME AGAIN plus O (admitting love).
2d One builds and another pulls to pieces (6)
SLATER Someone who builds a roof or someone who criticizes.
3d Characters gaining access to Dad’s weapon (8)
PASSWORD Another informal way of saying Dads followed by a weapon.
4d Tea and toast (4)
CHAR An informal way of referring to a cup of tea or a verb meaning to scorch (toast).
5d Enter repeatedly on form (2-4)
RE-TYPE The two letters used to mean on the subject of and another word for form or kind.
6d Christ essentially died, sung about resurrection (5,3)
AGNUS DEI A musical (sung) setting of part of the Roman Catholic mass is hidden and reversed (about) in DIED SUNG About.
7d Fireman Sam’s first to meet King and Queen (6)
STOKER The first letter of Sam, TO (from the clue), the abbreviation for King and the regnal cipher of our current Queen.
9d Means to relax cryptically using Dave’s site (9)
SEDATIVES You’d be very relaxed on these. An anagram (cryptically using) of DAVES SITE.
13d River Mersey’s source, polluted point needed special treatment (9)
EXEMPTION A West County river, the source of Mersey and an anagram (polluted) of POINT.
16d Chest exposed during arithmetic, maybe that’s one for the cells (8)
RIBOSOME A small particle of RNA and protein found in most cells – R (arithmetic maybe being one of the 3 Rs) and the breast of a human being (chest) inserted into IE (that’s).
17d Had dance, rocking around Bermuda Hotel (8)
RHUMBAED Danced a particular dance – an anagram (rocking around) of BERMUDA and H (hotel).
18d Gossip about Art Centre losing track of cocaine (8)
NATTERER Someone who gossips is an anagram (about) of ART CENTRE once you have removed the C (losing track of Cocaine).
19d Sally’s black cat talks back (secretly) (6)
ATTACKS Sally’s doesn’t mean belong to Sally but refers to a sudden rushing forth of troops against the enemy – the solution is hidden (secretly) and reversed (back) in blacK CAT TAlks.
20d Big weight dropped? Right, at last Dave’s thin (6)
MEAGRE Take a word meaning big or unusually large and move the G (gram, weight) to the end of the word and then follow the result with R (right) and E (the last letter of Dave).
22d Elevated North American forest resembling a chain of mountains (6)
ANDEAN Like some South American mountains – Reverse (elevated) the abbreviations for North and American and follow with a Gloucestershire forest.
24d Laughter about capsizing ship builder (4
NOAH Reverse (capsizing) an interjection of joy (according to the BRB you need two of them to denote laughter) and a preposition meaning about).