NTSPP – 277
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
Thanks to Prolixic once again for the alternative Saturday crossword which on test-solving, I described as ‘lovely and user-friendly’. Sorry Kath, but revisiting the puzzle to type up the review hasn’t altered my opinion one bit.
1a Band touring Utah gets payment (7)
TRIBUTE A historical payment is obtained by putting a band or set of people of common descent around (touring) the abbreviation for Utah.
5a Two notes hardly sufficient for part of song (7)
DESCANT Two musical notes and an adjective meaning hardly sufficient.
9a Beagle vet dissected for food (9)
VEGETABLE An anagram (dissected) of BEAGLE VET.
10a Force king to leave chef’s hat (5)
TOQUE Remove (king to leave) the Latin abbreviation for king from a force causing rotation or torsion.
11a Elected men went off (8)
RETURNED These men are members of the Royal Engineers, the abbreviation for which should be followed by a verb meaning went off (became sour)
12a Sends out 51 to replace European boundaries (6)
LIMITS Replace the E (European) at the start of a verb meaning sends out, and replace with the Roman numeral for 51.
14a All traces of matter originally (4)
ATOM The ‘original’ letters of the first four words in the clue.
16a Drops paragraphs about report of fire (10)
PARACHUTES The abbreviation for paragraphs goes round a homophone (report of) a verb meaning to fire a gun.
18a After leaving castle sleep with pirate first to get children (10)
KIDDYWINKS As children we had an ancient aunt who used to refer to us as this . Remove a type of castle from a plural noun meaning a short nap, especially one taken after dinner and replace with a Scottish pirate, whose name should be familiar to anyone who has taken note of the history of Execution Dock while at an S&B at the Town of Ramsgate in Wapping.
19a Pick fruit… (4)
PLUM A double definition – an adjective meaning choice (pick) or a type of fruit.
22a … one type after noon’s better (6)
NEATER A type of fruit suitable for eating uncooked follows the abbreviation for Noon.
23a Justifies battle-cries (8)
WARRANTS Battle (or perhaps battles) and cries out in anger.
26a Model history about Indian city (5)
DELHI Hidden in moDEL HIstory.
27a Charts the break up of apartheid (3,6)
HIT PARADE An anagram (break up) of APARTHEID.
28a Ask permission of French to return Dog Fennel (7)
MAYWEED Another name for dog fennel is obtained by following a way of asking permission with a reversal (to return) of the French word for ‘of’.
29a That lady comes back with food and puts it on the cooker again (7)
REHEATS A reversal (comes back) of the female pronoun (that lady) and an archaic term for food.
1d Commander leaves set of notes on genetic material in auberge (7)
TAVERNA Remove the abbreviation for Office in Charge (commander) from a set of eight notes and then add the abbreviation for ribonucleic acid (genetic material).
2d Elected after exchange of words to find valuable material (5)
INGOT Reverse the two words (after change) of the way a recently elected MP might say he had been elected and you get a mass of unwrought metal (valuable material).
3d Presents headless goats? (6)
UTTERS Presents here meaning says out loud – obtained by removing the first letter from a description of animals that strike with the head (goats, for example, as indicated by the ?)
4d Angry camel bit me and representative (10)
EMBLEMATIC An ‘angry’ anagram of CAMEL BIT ME.
5d Ready escort carrying colours (4)
DYES Hidden in reaDY EScort.
6d Italian stockings with toe put over head hold firm (3,5)
SIT TIGHT Take the abbreviation for Italian and some stockings and move the ‘toe’ or last letter to the beginning.
7d Leave to enter a court to quash gangster’s release (9)
ACQUITTAL A (from the clue) followed by the abbreviation for court, into which is inserted (enters) a verb meaning to leave, the result of which should be followed by the two-letter nickname of a famous American gangster.
8d Locks Hitler’s bodyguards in timbers (7)
TRESSES The two letters by which Hitler’s bodyguards are known inserted into the source (plural)of timbers.
13d A test mark’s adjusted for overseer (10)
TASKMASTER An anagram (adjusted) of A TEST MARKS.
15d Traditional comedian loses account in court (3,6)
OLD BAILEY Another way of saying traditional followed by the surname of a comedian (cleverly indicated by ‘loses account’ as his abbreviated Christian name is a written account of money owed).
17d Movement to include agreement about Northern part of Britain (8)
TYNESIDE The abbreviation for Northern is inserted into the usual way we verbally indicate our agreement and the result inserted into a movement usually associated with the sea.
18d Good lord supports relatives’ land (7)
KINGDOM The three-letter word for relatives followed by the abbreviation for good and the abbreviation for a Latin word meaning lord.
20d Confusion over golfer’s seafood (7)
MUSSELS An archaic term for a mess (confusion) goes before a South African golfer who seems to have gone out of favour with crossword setters of late.
21d Betray occupation by resistance in talk (6)
PREACH The abbreviation for Resistance occupies or goes inside an originally Shakespearean verb meaning to betray
24d Name song about a ruminant (5)
NYALA The abbreviation for Name, a reversal (about) of a type of song, and A (from the clue).
25d That lady would drop (4)
SHED An abbreviated way of saying ‘that lady would’, without the apostrophe, produce a verb meaning to drop.