NTSPP – 276
Women’s Lib by Bufo
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A puzzle compiled as a result of a challenge by Crypticsue
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Foreword by Crypticsue
Last October, Bufo and I were chatting in the Town of Ramsgate and I mentioned that it had been a really bad week for the fact that when the letters BRA came up in a word, the setter automatically used the word ‘supporter’ and that there must be other ‘supporters’ they could use. Bufo said that he would set me a crossword with as many supporters as he could find that weren’t bras, and after a couple of reminders from me to him at subsequent S&Bs, today’s NTSPP is the result. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
Bravo to Bufo who rose magnificently to the challenge of producing a crossword that celebrates supporters without using the female item of clothing that is often clued as such. The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that he sneakily slipped one bra into the crossword in the answer to 26a. This was a crossword where you did not need brainwaves or access to library books to solve and every clue defines a supporter or uses the word as part of the wordplay to produce a vibrant selection of clue for us to solve.
1 Support Scotsmen taking gin (9)
JOCKSTRAP – A five letter slang word for Scottish men followed by another word for a gin or snare.
6 Gain height quickly giving support intermittently to a Parisian (5)
UPRUN – The even letters (intermittently) of sUpPoRt followed by the French for a.
9 Who’ll probably offer support when senior citizen’s head is whirling around? (7)
CRONIES – An anagram (is whirling around) of SENIOR C (citizen’s head – first letter).
10 Support needed after kiss that’s beyond cheeky (7)
LIPPIER – A three letter word for kiss followed by a four letter word for a support or buttress.
11 Students support degrees which lack point (9)
POSTGRADS – A four letter word for an upright form of support followed by another word for degrees of shades of something with the E removed (lacking point).
12 One needing external support in exam (5)
RESIT – The letter represent by one in Roman numerals has another word meaning support around it (external).
13 Various letters offering support (7)
TRESTLE – An anagram (various) of LETTERS.
15 Increases support for Head of Sales in chain store (6)
BOOSTS – The first letter (head of) of sales goes inside the name of the chain of chemists.
17 Characters support organisation for students (3)
NUS – The plural of one of the letters of the Greek alphabet give the abbreviation for the student’s union.
19 Support doctor in row (6)
TIMBER – A two letter abbreviation for a doctor goes inside another word for a row or line.
20 Birds (including knot) – women usually give them support (but not in this puzzle!) (7)
TITTIES – A word for some birds includes a three letter word meaning to knot or fasten something.
22 Old South American supporter finally gets inside vehicle (2-3)
IN-CAR – a word for an old South American followed by the last letter (finally) of supporter.
24 Piano player initially lost support but he’s got the job! (9)
APPOINTEE – An anagram (lost) of PIANO P (player initially – first letter) followed by a support used by golfers.
26 Hug Dorothy’s auntie – she needs support (7)
EMBRACE – The name of the aunt in the Wizard of Oz followed by another word for a support or reinforcement.
27 Possibly I’d melt supporter’s heart harking back to the past (3-4)
OLD-TIME – An anagram (possibly) of ID MELT O (the middle letter or heart of suppOrters).
28 They support the top teams (5)
SIDES – A double definition, the first cryptic.
29 Consumer presses us to give support (9)
SUSPENDER – Another word for a consumer or buyer includes (presses) the US from the clue.
1 Support procuring cannabis for Kitty? (7)
JACKPOT – Another word for a support used in car maintenance perhaps followed by another word for cannabis.
2 Support angry Toughie setter (9)
CROSSBEAM – A five letter word for angry followed by the name of a Toughie setter who rarely uses anagrams in his crosswords and nearly always has a reference to Queen in his clues.
3 At sea lacking first-class support (5)
SLING – Another word for yachting or being at sea without the AI (lacking first-class).
4 Opening part of requiem Smetana composed for supporters of a religious movement (8)
RASTAMEN – An anagram (composed) of R (first letter or opening part of requiem) SMETANA.
5 Supports European involved in slip-up (5)
PILES – The abbreviation for European goes inside a reversal (up) of the SLIP from the clue.
6 Support me when struggling to be first (9)
UPPERMOST – An anagram (when struggling) of SUPPORT ME.
7 King supports air attacks (5)
RAIDS – The abbreviation for Rex or King followed by another word meaning supports or assists.
8 In arcane rite supporters seek out molluscs (7)
NERITES – The answer is hidden (in… seek out) in ARCANE RITE SUPPORTERS.
14 Support magistrates maintaining what’s right. They’ll resolve deadlocks (3-6)
TIE-BREAKS – Another word for a type of support used in brickwork followed by an informal word for judges or magistrates including (maintaining) the abbreviation for right.
16 Support girl, a long-legged creature (9)
STILTBIRD – The type of support used in circus acts followed by an informal, derogatory, word for a girl.
18 Wife’s relatives need support when climbing on the west side of Snowdon (4-4)
STEP-SONS – Another word for a type of ladder followed by the ON from the clue and the first letter (west side) of Snowdon.
19 Start to tighten bolts used in supports (7)
TRIVETS – The first letter (start to) of tighten followed by another word for bolts used in ship-building.
21 Second man has to support Rupert’s mother perhaps (3-4)
SHE-BEAR – The abbreviation for second followed by a pronoun for a man and a word meaning to support or carry something.
23 Copper support is cut into pieces (5)
CUBED – The chemical symbol for copper followed by a type of support on which you sleep.
24 Supports top of aspidistra with stakes (5)
ABETS – The first letter (top of) Aspidistra followed by another word for stakes or wagers.
25 Parliament mostly supports trendy record company (5)
INDIE – A four letter word for a parliament with its last letter removed (mostly) goes under (supports) a two letter word meaning trendy.