Monthly Prize Puzzle – 036
A puzzle by Prolixic
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Many congratulations to Liz – I hope she enjoys her Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Puzzle book prize.
Semordnilap (palindromes spelled backward) is a name coined for words that spell a different word in reverse. Once you knew what you were looking for It was relatively easy to spot DIAPER/REPAID, DEVIL/LIVED, SMART/TRAMS and GOD/DOG. Looking at the other solutions, there were three more words that could be reversed to produce new ones REVILED, TIDE and LOOP and so, providing you’d read the instructions carefully, your entry to the competition should have read: DELIVER, EDIT and POOL
1a Lavished attention on one leaving religious festival after Mark (5)
DOTED – DOT (mark) followed by the religious festival of E
ID from which the I is removed (one leaving).
4a Was angry when second island ceded to Spain (5)
LIVED – Change the second I (island) in LIV
ID (angry) to an E (IVR code for Spain).
9a Popular guy heartlessly destroyed nursery (9)
PLAYGROUP – An anagram of POPULAR G
UY (‘heartlessly’ tells you to remove the U in the middle of GUY)
10a Non-commissioned officer’s trick is clever (5)
SMART – SM (Sergeant-Major, non-commissioned officer) ART (trick).
11a Not so busy with class (6)
LESSON – Split 4, 2, you might be said to be not so busy.
13a Tear-drop shed for pirate? (8)
PREDATOR – An anagram (shed) of TEAR DROP
14a Help rejected with a nappy (6)
DIAPER – A reversal (rejected) of AID (help) followed by PER (a as in each, per head).
16a Follows Oriental partners (8)
ESPOUSES – E (Eastern, oriental) SPOUSES (partners)
19a Ringing English relative trapped by storm (8)
RESONANT – E (English) SON (relative) trapped by RANT (storm).
20a Avenged when extreme pressure is applied in attack (6)
REPAID – EP (extreme pressure) inserted into RAID.
22a An event organized to welcome Italy’s gondolier? (8)
VENETIAN – An anagram (organized) of AN EVENT and I (IVR code for Italy).
24a Boy at college contracting a touch of influenza is confined to bed (4,2)
LAID UP – LAD (boy) UP (at college) with I (a ‘touch’ of influenza) inserted.
27a Saddo‘s nearer to leaving college (5)
LOSER – Remove the C (leaving College) from CLOSER (nearer to).
28a Enter and abruptly oversee examination (5,4)
GOING OVER – GO IN (enter) and GOVER
N (abruptly tells you to remove the last letter from GOVERN, oversee).
30a Pieces of silver received independently by British subject for boat (5)
BARGE – The two letters of the chemical symbol for silver – A G – are independently or separately inserted into B (British) and RE (school subject).
31a Police officer drinking beer in region of Yorkshire (5)
DALES – DS (Detective Sergeant, police officer) drinking ALE (beer).
1d Spotted theologian eating forbidden fruit? (7)
DAPPLED – DD (Doctor of Divinity, theologian) eating APPLE, the Biblical forbidden fruit.
2d Derby County loses gas powered vehicles (5)
TRAMS – Here you have to know that Derby County Football Club are informally known as T
HE RAMS. Then you just remove HE, the chemical symbol for helium (loses gas).
3d Follow leaders of Opus Dei returning to Gabon (3)
DOG – Reverse (returning) the ‘leaders’ of Opus Dei and follow with the IVR code for Gabon.
4d Hank has quiet place to go first (4)
LOOP – LOO –a place to go! – precedes P (the musical instruction to play something piano or quietly).
5d Zap diseased ovaries with an injection of phosphorus (8)
VAPORISE – An anagram (diseased) of OVARIES plus P (chemical symbol for phosphorous).
6d 1a has change of heart being medicated (5)
DOSED – Just change the ‘heart’ or middle letter of your solution for 1a.
7d Maybe Victor’s son gets older (7)
MATURES – The surname of Victor MATURE the actor followed by S (son).
8d Piece of music for Disney film (8)
FANTASIA – Music by Vaughan Williams, Thomas Tallis, Schubert or Mozart; or the 1940 Walt Disney film
12d Origin of each octopus, crab, eel and narwhal? (5)
OCEAN – the ‘origins’ of Octopus, Crab, Eel, And Narwhal.
15d He may fire up cast of Stars On Ice at first (8)
ARSONIST – An anagram (cast of) STARS ON plus I (the first letter of ice).
17d Old theatre company making a comeback with a musical production (5)
OPERA – O (old) followed by a reversal (making a comeback) of REP (theatre company) and then A (from the clue).
18d To compromise, starts off to fix crib (8)
ENDANGER – Remove the “starts” of MEND (fix) and MANGER (crib).
19d Hated cleric told a fib after demoting novice (7)
REVILED – REV (reverend, cleric)and LIED (told a fib), the L being moved further down the word (demoting L, learner, novice).
21d Goes with 1970’s group to acquire record (7)
DEPARTS – DARTS (a 1970’s nine-piece British doo-wop revival band [I seem to remember the songs more than the band name]) into which is inserted EP (record).
23d Beat idol lacking courage (5)
THROB – Remove the HEART (lacking courage) from a
25d Deep vein regularly filleted by Latin cook (5)
DEVIL – Take the odd letters of DeEp VeIn and follow with L (Latin).
26d Tenor constrained by secret identity (4)
TIDE – Hidden in or constrained by secreT IDEntity
29d Senseless bird’s expression of amazement (3)
GOD – Remove the WIT (sense less) from a GOD
Thanks once again to Prolixic, Hamlyn, and Mrs BD for their parts in this production.