NTSPP – 283
WI…F by Wiglaf
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows:
Quite a feat to get all the across answers as elements of the periodic table (as indicated by the title of the crossword (W = Tungsten, I = Iodine and F = Fluorine). As befitting a crossword with chemical elements whose names are abbreviated, this crossword contained a large number of abbreviations in the wordplay (I counted 20).
6 Child at home engaged in learning (8)
CHLORINE – The abbreviation for child followed a word meaning at home inside (engaged in) a word for traditional learning or knowledge.
8 Christian Union backed old comedy writer (6)
CURIUM – The abbreviation for Christian Union followed by a reversal (backed) of the surname of the old comedy writer Frank ****
10 Graduate student in bed (6)
COBALT – The abbreviations for Bachelor of Arts (graduate) and for a student inside another word for a bed.
11 Yanks seen around Number Ten (8)
TUNGSTEN – A word meaning yanks or pulls goes around a single letter abbreviation for a number and this is followed by the ten from the clue.
12 Football club with no one left in command (7)
ARSENAL – Remove the A (one) and the abbreviation for left from Big Dave’s least favourite football team and add the abbreviation for in charge.
14 Beginning to enjoy spirit after drinking large short (6)
ERBIUM – The first letter (beginning to) of enjoy followed a type of alcoholic sprit inside which (after drinking) you add a word meaning large with the final letter removed (short).
15 Elephant-headed god, hard to ignore being covered in hair (9)
MANGANESE – Remove the abbreviation for hard from the name of the Hindu god whose avatar is an elephant head and put another word for the type of hair that covers a lion around it (covered in).
19 Little work during cold period (6)
COPPER – The abbreviation (little) for opus (work) inside (during) the abbreviation for cold and the abbreviation for period.
21 Mum is playing with fire (7)
FERMIUM – An anagram (playing) of MUM FIRE.
23 Some receiving Athenian investment (8)
ANTIMONY – The name of a literary Athenian goes inside (receiving … investment) a word meaning some.
25 Murmuring about old priest (6)
HELIUM – A word for murmuring goes around the name of an Old Testament priest.
26 Satellite feed (6)
IODINE – One of the moons of Jupiter followed by a word meaning feed or eat.
27 Revolutionary line for unionist (8)
FLUORINE – An anagram (revolutionary) of LINE FOR U (U is the abbreviation for unionist).
1 As with John Hurt, they bring bad luck (6)
JONAHS – An anagram (hurt) of AS JOHN.
2 See Leninist illegally phone tap (6,2)
LISTEN IN – An anagram (illegally) of LENINIST
3 Hitchhiker showing slight depression (4)
DENT – Double definition, the first being the surname of the hitchhiker in the Douglas Adams series.
4 A type of candlestick found in study in small church (6)
SCONCE – Another word for read or study goes inside the abbreviation for small and the abbreviation for church.
5 It’s easy to forget when Queen first topped the chart (8)
ERASABLE – The abbreviation for the current queen goes before (first) a word meaning when and this is followed by a word for a chart with the first letter removed (topped).
7 Bend a hot pipe (6)
HOOKAH – Another word for a bend followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for hot.
9 Handy American fuel for cooking (6)
USEFUL – A two letter abbreviation for American followed by an anagram (for cooking) of FUEL.
13 Josh is held in such affection (5)
CHAFF – The answer is hidden (held in) in SUCH AFFECTION.
15 Wacky hemp? It’s producing foul-smelling gas (8)
MEPHITIS – An anagram (wacky) of HEMP IT IS (you need to expand the it’s in the clue to the full IT IS).
16 E.g. clay barrel for carrying up edible root-tuber (5-3)
EARTH-NUT – Another word for a substance such as clay followed by a reversal (up) of a barrel used for carrying.
17 Pacific island where one gets carried round (6)
BORNEO – A word meaning one gets carried followed by the letter that is round.
18 Setter’s facing boxer with new challenge (6)
IMPUGN – Another way of saying the setter followed by a type of boxer dog and the abbreviation for new.
20 Reporter’s travelled to South Aegean island (6)
RHODES – A homophone (reporter’s) of a word meaning travelled followed by the abbreviation for south.
22 Spivs misread slide rule (6)
IDLERS – An anagram (misread) of SLIDE R (R is the abbreviation for rule).
24 Russian leather? The solver will want nothing less on feet (4)
YUFT – Remove the O (want nothing less) from a word describing the solver and follow this with the abbreviation for feet.