NTSPP – 280
Last Rites of Spring by Windsurfer
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A review of this puzzle follows:
Apparently, 13 answers are spring related. I think I have found all of them but some are a little on the unknown side and I may have found a 14th (engineering related) one in 18d. Windsurfer set quite a challenge with this crossword. There was quite a bit of libertarian cluing with nouns as anagram indicators, lift and separate clues, etc which may not have found favour with all solvers but it was all good fun to get to grips with.
9 Christopher misses local production as singer (9)
CHORISTER – An anagram (production) of CHRISTOPHER after removing the abbreviation for public house (misses local).
**10 Lance reviewed being “honest” (5)
CLEAN – An anagram (reviewed) of LANCE.
**11 It has many layers of workings I visit (5)
ONION – A word for working is repeated and an I is included (visit).
**12 Push-ups in Spring from saucy beauties reportedly (9)
BLUEBELLS – A word meaning saucy when applied to jokes followed by a homophone (reportedly) of another word for beautiful girls (beauties).
**13 On this gives overall self-confidence (7)
BALANCE – A word that can follow “on” to mean overall can also mean self-confidence.
**14 Yellow one is not to be counted, so they say (7)
CHICKEN – The word (in the singular) that in the plural should not be counted before they hatch in the well known proverb.
**17 Swell sleep provided by this 19ac (5)
WATER – The type of 19a that could lead to a nights sleep as though you were on the waves. This clue does not quite work for me as I don’t think that swell or swell sleep is the same as the answer.
**19 Posh lady retires for rest maybe (3)
BED – Reverse (retires) a word for a young posh lady.
**20 They’re sometimes forgotten when playing (5)
LINES – An semi-cryptic definition of something an actor might forget when playing.
**21 Short horsey animal seen at the start of Autumn (7)
EQUINOX – A word meaning horsey has its final letter removed (short) and is followed by another type of bovine animal.
22 Footwear accessory put together at last (7)
FINALLY – The abbreviation for foot followed by another word for wear (foot/wear) and a word for an accessory or colleague.
24 Medley etc for Len written by composer (5,4)
TENOR CLEF – An anagram (medley) of ETC FOR LEN.
**26 Mount exhausted by the sound of it (5)
BOARD – A homophone (by the sound of it) of bored (exhausted). I don’t really think that the answer is synonymous with mount.
28 Oscar blocks captain’s return to dribble (5)
DROOL – Reverse (return) a word for a captain (really?) and include (blocks) the letter represented by Oscar in the phonetic alphabet.
29 Repulsive rating given to ugly hornet, right? (9)
ABHORRENT – A two letter abbreviation for a sailor or rating followed by an anagram (ugly) of HORNET R (right).
1 Reply from score 0-2 initially? (4)
ECHO – A word meaning score or engrave followed by the O from the clue and removing the T (–2 (two) initially).
2 Cordial found in demijohn bottle (6)
JOVIAL – Half (demi) of JOHN followed by a word meaning a small bottle.
3 End of the series? (7,3)
WINNING RUN – What might end a test series with victory of the batting team.
4 Most gifted, good man relocated to top firm (6)
STABLE – A word meaning most gifted has the ST (good man) moved from the bottom to the top of the word.
5 Wiped the floor with tissue at first on crude treatment (8)
TROUNCED – The first letter of tissue followed by an anagram (treatment) of ON CRUDE.
6 One doesn’t strike leading scrum captain at breakdown! (4)
SCAB – The initial letters (leading) of Scrum Captain At Breakdown.
7 Ken sails in storm for cover (8)
SEALSKIN – An anagram (in storm) of KEN SAILS.
8 This load might also undo actions (4)
ONUS – An anagram (actions) of ASLO UNDO would lead to the answer (this) and LOAD. To get the answer, therefore, removed the letters in LOAD from ALSO UNDO and rearrange the letters that are left.
13 Singer‘s knife (5)
BOWIE – A double definition, the first being the singer behind Ziggy Stardust.
15 Started out on Crete possibly (6-4)
ISLAND-BORN – An semi-cryptic definition of the birthplace of someone on a land mass such as Crete.
16 Mean as Tyson appears? (5)
NASTY – The answer appears in MEAN AS TYSON.
**18 Part of war machine not run-in potentially (8)
TRUNNION – An anagram (potentially) of NOT RUN IN.
19 Tuck into beef with buffalo top pizza filling (3,5)
BOX PLEAT – Put another word for a buffalo (same word as used in 21a) and the first letter (top) of pizza inside (filling) a word meaning beef or complain.
22 Notes ambassadress’s last position? (6)
FIFTHS – A position that you might come in a race followed by the last letter of ambassadress.
**23 State of gun that’s worth a lot of money (6)
LOADED – A word that describes a gun with bullets in it is also a term for worth a lot of money.
**24 About to change course (4)
TIDE – Reverse (about) a word meaning to change or alter something.
**25 A bit funny Penny’s missing toilet perhaps (4)
ROLL – A word that can follow toilet (for a type of paper) comes from a word meaning a bit funny without the initial D (Penny’s missing).
27 Make a comeback, get a deal, keeps partner! (4)
DATE – The answer is reversed (make a comeback) and hidden (keeps) inside GET A DEAL.