NTSPP – 290
A Puzzle by Radler
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Knowledge of the “ghost” theme is not necessary in order to solve the puzzle – can you spot it (it’s not too hard!)?
A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
Not the trickiest Radler – perhaps the theme helped, although you might have to be a certain age (and as the 2Kiwis found, a resident of the UK) to remember the ones that hark back to the days of wobbly sets and dire scripts!
You don’t notice when solving, or even parsing, but once you start typing you realise there’s quite a lot of ‘remove a letter (or two)’ going on here.
1a My people welcoming one’s inauguration ceremony (10)
CORONATION An expression of surprise (my), the ‘inauguration’ or first letter of one and another word for people.
6a After Glenda drops him, life’s empty for Glen (4)
DALE Remove GLEN (drops him) from
GLENDA and then add the outside letters of L ifE (empty being the instruction to take out the ‘middle’).
9a Stand to provide view of flatter chest (7)
SOAPBOX Flattery or soft words followed by a type of chest.
10a Perverts disembowelled cat indoors? (7)
DOCTORS Remove the middle letter (disembowelled) from C
AT and then insert the CT in DOORS.
12a Channel 15? (4)
SIDE When there weren’t so many television channels, we would ask ‘which xxxx is the programme on?’. This word can also be used to describe a team, 15? might be the number of players in the team.
13a Critical point articulated by grumpy Cecil perhaps (10)
CROSSROADS Another word for grumpy followed by a homophone (articulated by) of the surname of founder of a Southern African territory, Cecil being his Christian name.
15a Not getting on in language, forgetting the French imperfect (8)
UNAGEING An anagram (imperfect) of IN
LANGUAGE once you have removed (forgetting) LA (French word for ‘the’).
16a Setter’s gone wrong way (6)
STREET An anagram (gone wrong) of SETTER.
20a Cried, getting deeply involved (6)
YELPED An anagram (involved) of DEEPLY.
21a Shock to follow retreat (4,4)
TURN TAIL Another word for a shock and a verb meaning to follow.
23a Dead excited (10)
BREATHLESS Without signs of life or extremely excited.
25a Square of five? (4)
FOUR The Roman numerals representing a square number are hidden in fIVe.
27a Everywhere’s removing carbon through diffusion (7)
OSMOSIS Remove the C for carbon from a way of referring to the universe (everywhere) and follow with IS (as indicated by the ‘s at the end of everywhere’s)
28a Firm’s minute agreement (7)
COMPACT An adjective meaning firm; or smallish (minute); or a noun meaning agreement. Interestingly the source of the picture describes this as a “cult Sixties drama” which is obviously how they thought of soap operas in those days.
29a Plank ends traded to create edging (4)
KERB Swap the two letters at the end of a slang work for a fool (plank).
30a Cast set in Dirty Den’s era (10)
EASTENDERS An anagram (cast) of SET DENS ERA.
1d Researched example of macho man embodied by train driver (4,5)
CASE STUDY A macho man inserted into (embodied by) the Christian name of the driver of the Cannonball Express (both Radler and I showing our ages here in remembering this one – I wonder if he sang the theme tune after he’d written the clue as I did while typing this!)
2d Eldorado – essentially rubbish a hard lesson initially for writer (5,4)
ROALD DAHL An anagram (rubbish) of the middle six letters of eLDORADo followed by A (from the clue) the abbreviation for hard, and the initial letter of Lesson. The picture is of the short-lived soap rather than the author.
3d Collars, cuffs, bandannas clothes making a comeback (4)
NABS A slang term for arrests (collars) is hidden (clothes) and reversed (makes a comeback) in cuffS BANdannas
4d Bank failed to open after levy on its administrator – wait here to be hired (4,4)
TAXI RANK A levy followed by the initials of the organization that administers the levy and then
bANK (failed to open telling you to remove the first letter).
5d Bowl occupants dismissing openers as somewhat passé (6)
OLDISH Remove the first letters from each of the two words identifying the occupants of a water filled bowl. I’d not realised until checking the BRB that the ‘occupants’ are two words while the name of bowl where they live is one word.
7d A Bohemian’s subtle charm (5)
AROMA A from the clue followed by a gypsy (Bohemian) gives a figurative noun meaning a subtle charm.
8d Moderates stand by school’s head after pupil expelled (5)
EASES A stand for art work has the L removed (L, learner, pupil expelled) and replaced by S (the head of school).
11d Pigment tone altered, having charge across (8)
CAROTENE A reddish-yellow pigment – an anagram (altered) of TONE inserted into a synonym for charge.
14d Special support for incident during quiet intervals (8)
SEVENTHS Insert an incident or happening into an interjection meaning hush (quiet) the result being supported by (or put before) the abbreviation for Special.
17d Polish, English and American workers put away (9)
ELABORATE The abbreviation for English, the American way of spelling workers and the past participle of a verb meaning to eat (put away).
18d Stomachs turning, prepared live portion (9)
TOLERATES A reversal (turning) of a verb meaning prepared or ready, ARE (live) and an amount offered for sale (portion).
19d One gentle quiet shameless woman removes top. About time! (8)
PUSSYCAT The musical instruction for quiet, a shameless woman with the first letter removed (removes top), the Latin abbreviation meaning about and the abbreviation for Time.
22d Drug withdrawn when a sample damaged blood component (6)
PLASMA An anagram (damaged) of A SAMPL
E once you have removed the E (drug, Ecstasy, withdrawn)
23d Put up with Gill (5)
BROOK An archaic verb meaning to endure or a small stream (gill).
24d Cereal originally eaten by Frenchman with his drink (5)
EMMER The ‘original’ letter of eaten, the abbreviation for Monsieur (Frenchman) and the French (his) work for sea (drink).
26d Sign from surfacing submarine captain (4)
OMEN A reversal (surfacing) of a famous literary submarine captain.
The themed linked clues are 1a/16a, 24d/6a, 10a, 23d/12a, 13a, 28a, 30a and a further soap mentioned in the clue for 2d.
Radler emailed me yesterday to say that he would be off on holiday on Sunday (today) and, while thanking me in advance for the review, asked me also to thank all of you who commented on the crossword.