NTSPP – 289
A Puzzle by Knut
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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.
I met Knut at a recent meeting in Birmingham. He has had several puzzles published in The Independent and he has kindly submitted this puzzle for the NTSPP series.
A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
I have solved Knut’s puzzles when they’ve appeared in the Independent, but a couple of times they’ve been the subject of my ‘three goes and in the recycling’ rule. This one took me into Toughie-time territory but I got there in the end.
1a Scottish side St. Johnstone finally exposed top FIFA corruption (4,4)
EAST FIFE Corruption indicates that an anagram is required – rearrange ST, the final letter of Johnstone, the ‘top’ of exposed, and FIFA. All those childhood Saturdays in front of the Grandstand football results weren’t wasted as it was easy to write in the team, but harder to work out the ‘why’.
5a It has Bill Voce in a tangle at first (6)
AVOCET Sneaky capitals time with the B for bill – VOCE (from the clue) put inside A (from the clue)and the first letter of tangle.
10a Notorious murderer captures leader of Rolling Stones (5)
CAIRN The first person in the Bible to commit murder (notorious murderer) captures the ‘leader’ of rolling.
11a Shot a curler…it netted! (9)
RETICULAR An adjective meaning netted is an anagram (shot) of A CURLER IT.
12a First class return required to get in? (5,4)
ENTRY FORM You’d need this to get into a competition, for example, but it could also refer to one’s first class at school.
13a A few lines about old music hall (5)
ODEON A few lines of verse followed by a preposition meaning about.
14a Something washed out tin over there (6)
CANYON A ravine that’s been ‘washed out’ by the action of water over many years. Another word for tin and a poetic or dialect word meaning over there.
15a Fakir relies on this source of growth (7)
NAILBED A portion of skin on which a particular growth on your finger or toe rests could also be something that a fakir might lie on while meditating.
18a Dying to know about liberal arts dropping Brit-pop! (3,4)
ALL EARS Remove BRIT (dropping Brit) and then rearrange (pop being an anagram indicator) the remaining letters in LIBERAL ARTS. Shouldn’t this clue have included something to tell us that the letters BRIT weren’t in that order.
20a Little girl eats bananas and an ice cream (6)
SUNDAE A little girl (just like me ) ‘eats’ an anagram (bananas) of AND.
22a Somewhere to drink for those on a diet? (5)
LOCAL Your nearest hostelry might if split 2-3 mean something prepared for a dieter.
24a Model introduced to one from US city not unknown – she has plenty of contacts! (9)
NETWORKER A model car known by its initial introduced to someone from a US city, once you have removed the Y (not unknown).
25a Worried, presuming they’re attacking (9)
IMPUGNERS An anagram (worried) of PRESUMING.
26a German paper that is missing report of The Occupation (5)
DWELT Remove the two letters meaning that is from a famous German newspaper to get part of a verb meaning inhabited for a long time (occupation).
27a Little bird’s song gets rid of Norwegian birds (6)
EGRETS Remove the abbreviation for Norwegian from the English title of an Edith Piaf (Little Bird) song.
28a His pony’s gone for therapy (8)
HYPNOSIS A type of therapy is an anagram (gone) of HIS PONYS
1d Pass key cut (6)
ESCHEW The key at the top left of your computer keyboard followed by a verb meaning to cut with blows.
2d US city Tuscaloosa in T’Pau live shows (5,4)
SAINT PAUL A US city is hidden in TuscalooSA IN TPAU Live
3d Austen heroine shone in this novel? (5,2,8)
FANNY BY GASLIGHT A novel by Michel Sadleir written in 1940, a fictional exploration of Victorian prostitution. The heroine of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park followed with a description of how the Victorian lady might have been lit (shone in this).
4d Abandoned in favour of Ms Doone (almost) (7)
FORLORN A way of saying in favour of followed by almost all of Ms Doone’s Christian name.
6d One from Australian state capital setting for 3, 4 19 (9,6)
VICTORIAN LONDON Someone from an particular Australian state followed by the capital of Britain. The solution was fairly obvious and I did know 3d was set there, but it wasn’t until I had to investigoogle to find out who wrote 3d, that the rest of this clue made sense when I discovered that our author also penned a work called 4d 19d. I do think that a cryptic crossword should be capable of being solved, and, especially, parsed, without having to look up things on the internet.
7d How to get smaller iceberg lettuce – first hollow out (5)
CALVE I’ve always been amused by the fact that a broken off ‘baby’ iceberg is a calf so it made this clue particularly straightforward. Insert the first letter of lettuce into a hollow in a rock.
8d He’d try on awful dirge (8)
THRENODY An anagram (awful) of HED TRY ON.
9d Will sacked offensive character outside plant production line (6)
STAMEN Take another name for a will and remove a three-letter offensive character from the outside and you should be left with part of the reproduction system of a flowering plant.
16d Boycott going over point? That’s threatening! (9)
BLACKNESS Another verb meaning to ban (boycott) followed by a headland (point).
17d Train on tube is a source of noxious fumes (8)
TAILPIPE Another word for a train or queue goes on a type of tube.
19d Hardy girl threw up over a Parisian boulevard (6)
SUNSET A reversal (threw up) of one of Thomas Hardy’s most famous ‘girls’ into which is inserted the French (Parisian)word for the indefinite article (a). I thought of adding a picture relevant to the ‘boulevard’ in question but I thought this view of Kampot in Cambodia seen by No2 son every evening would be much nicer.
20d Meet Saturday….is Friday vacant? (7)
SATISFY The abbreviated way of referring to Saturday, IS (from the clue) and the outside letters (vacant) of FridaY.
21d Coach goes round pothole, known for being treacherous (6)
BRUTUS This character known for his treachery (especially if, like me, you studied Julius Caesar for O Level) is obtained by putting a type of coach round a furrow or pothole in the road.
23d Bud can be saucy! (5)
CAPER An edible flower bud used, for example, in tartare sauce.