NTSPP – 292
A Puzzle by Chalicea
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Chalicea makes a welcome return with a gentle puzzle – this time with no gimmicks.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows:
It is always a pleasure to welcome Chalicea to the NTSPP slot. As others have pointed out, this was a gentle but genial crossword. It was slightly high on the anagram count but we have seen more anagrams in the Daily Telegraph though rarely six in a row! It did not detract from the crossword.
1 Singular fellows consuming separate drops of negus and port, strong alcoholic drink (8)
SCHNAPPS – The abbreviation for singular and another word for fellows include in separate places the initial letters (drops of) of negus and port.
5 Fruit of mother with child (6)
DAMSON – A three letter word for a mother followed by a word for a male child.
10 Lover from Italy’s capital (old) (5)
ROMEO – The capital of Italy followed by the abbreviation for old.
11 Inordinately posh chain; no place for bullish behaviour (5,4)
CHINA SHOP – An anagram (inordinately) of POSH CHAIN.
12 Sorted out main trail for postal delivery service (4-5)
MAIL TRAIN – An anagram (sorted out) of MAIN TRAIL.
13 Gold coin put into circulation (5)
ORBIT – The heraldic abbreviation for gold followed by another word for a coin.
14 Ancient silver and base metal with surface removed (3-3)
AGE-OLD – The chemical symbol for silver followed by the base for natural logarithms and a precious metal with the initial letter (surface) removed.
15 A co-host broadcast in this sort of collusion (7)
CAHOOTS – An anagram (broadcast) of A COHOST.
18 Naughtily stirs up over-fastidious moralists (7)
PURISTS – An anagram (naughtily) of STIRS UP.
20 Cats do run wild in sizeable groups (6)
OCTADS – An anagram (run wild) of CATS DO.
22 Fluttering almost boring little creature in trouble if north wind blows (5)
ROBIN – An anagram (fluttering) of BORING without the G (almost). The allusion is to the nursery rhyme – The North Wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what shall the poor robin do then? Poor thing!
24 Rat breeds cunningly getting little songster (9)
REDBREAST – An anagram (cunningly) of RAT BREEDS
25 Sailor running amok nail up his hat (9)
TARPAULIN – A three letter word for a sailor followed by an anagram (running amok) of NAIL UP. Six clues with anagrams in a row!
26 Some intricate roleplay to provide entertainment (5)
CATER – The answer in hidden in (some) INTRICATE ROLEPLAY.
27 Afros like, say, regularly traditional in style (6)
FOLKSY – The regular letters in AFROSLIKESAY
28 Knowing and clever to spread this insecticide (3,5)
FLY SPRAY – A word meaning knowing and clever followed by a word meaning to spread.
1 One-time supermodel losing weight becomes very puny person (6)
SHRIMP – Remove the TON (losing weight) from the name of a 1960’s supermodel.
2 Lawless hired gun pocketing millions; outstanding example of his kind (9)
HUMDINGER – An anagram (lawless) of HIRED GUN includes (pocketing) the abbreviation for millions.
3 Many of thousands wandering for a long time (1,5,2,7)
A MONTH OF SUNDAYS – An anagram (wandering) of MANY OF THOUSANDS.
4 Leafy vegetable supporting Italian river duck (7)
POCHARD – The name of an Italian river (famously relocated to China by another blogger) over a leafy vegetable.
6 Moggie with scorched feet is in an agitated state (1,3,2,3,6)
A CAT ON HOT BRICKS – A possible description of a metaphorical phrase.
7 From time to time boxing has turned up man considered refined and cultivated (5)
SAHIB – The first and fourth letters (from time to time indicating a regular selection) of boxing and the HAS from the clue all reversed (turned up).
8 Top set up is welcomed by rising men, producing jobs for relatives (8)
NEPOTISM – Reverse (set up) the TOP from the clue and add the IS from the clue and put the resulting letters inside (welcomed by) a reversal (rising) of the MEN from the clue.
9 Endlessly select mostly satisfactory packed food for eating outdoors (6)
PICNIC – A word meaning select with the last letter removed (endlessly) followed by a word meaning satisfactory with the final letter removed (mostly).
16 Great artist‘s exotic star model (3,6)
OLD MASTER – An anagram (exotic) of STAR MODEL.
17 Drunken son with this alcoholic appetizer produces profanities (8)
APERITIF – A type of drink which when made into an anagram (drunk) with SON produces a PROFANITIES.
19 Excessively strident US con man’s side kick trapping shopper ultimately (6)
SHRILL – Another word for a US con-man’s sidekick includes (trapping) the final letter (ultimately) of shopper.
20 Partly record in a list indicating arrangement of sequence (7)
ORDINAL – The answer is hidden inside (partly) RECORD IN A LIST.
21 Judicious finally to linger for Vincent’s night (6)
STARRY – The final letter of judicious followed by a word meaning to linger. The reference is to the painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
23 Pale greenish part of shrubbery leaves (5)
BERYL – The answer is hidden inside (part of) SHRUBBERY LEAVES.