NTSPP – 295
A Puzzle by Radler
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
Radler is one of a handful of setters where I have to work really hard to get on their wavelength and this NTSPP was no exception. An interesting mixture of clues and there was something about the solved grid which explained the reason for some of the more unusual words in the solutions.
1a Trimmed comb-over, male head providing ridicule (7)
MOCKING Trim or remove the last letter from COM
B and then reverse (over) and follow with a male head of a monarchy.
5a Sentences not German without big words (5)
BIRDS A slang term for prison sentences is obtained by removing the abbreviations for German and without from BIG WORDS.
8a Time confusing one, being on the move (9)
TRAVELLER Being in this clue is a noun rather than a verb. The abbreviation for Time followed by someone who confuses.
9a Gone off secretly to post a letter (5)
STALE Hidden in (secretly) in poST A LEtter
11a Love hearts recalled taking advantage of shelters (7)
HOUSING The letter that represents nought (love) and the abbreviation for Hearts reversed (recalled) and followed by a verb meaning taking advantage of.
12a Lands such as Delaware and New York? (7)
ESTATES You know what Delaware and New York are examples of, but which side of the country are they on??
13a Go out more, leaving Mary finally without shame (9)
STAINLESS If you go out more, you xxxx xx xxxx – remove the final letter of Mary from the first word and then join the words up.
15a Nerve might be appropriate for gossip (5)
STEEL A homophone (for gossip) of another word for appropriate or take without permission.
17a Trainee pruned plant (5)
INTER Plant in the sense of put into the ground – remove the last letter (pruned) from a trainee.
19a Contour of alien morphing into shapes (9)
LINEATION An anagram (morphing) of ALIEN followed by another anagram (shapes) of INTO.
21a On the trot? (7)
RUNNING Two meanings here – on the trot in the sense of happening on consecutive occasions or literally trotting.
23a Puzzled by, and also confused by Society (2,1,4)
AT A LOSS A preposition denoting a precise position (by) , an anagram (confused) of ALSO and the abbreviation for Society.
25a Virgin claims special prize (5)
PURSE Another word for untouched (virgin) with the abbreviation for special inserted.
26a Rudely taking things can make trouble (9)
SNATCHING An anagram (make trouble) of THINGS CAN.
27a Regret fat, somewhat round, posterior (5)
AFTER Hidden and reversed (somewhat round) in regRET FAt
28a That s wrong! After tan’s faded developing tumours (7)
GROWTHS An anagram (developing) of THAT’S WRONG once the TAN has been removed (faded).
1d A lighter suit (5)
MATCH Double definition – something used to light a fire or a verb meaning to suit.
2d Whereby a clot starts to gel until not a liquid (9)
COAGULANT An anagram (liquid) of A CLOT the ‘starts’ of Gel and Until and Not plus an A.
3d One experiencing cold winter misses South of Spain? (7)
IBERIAN Remove the S (misses South) from someone from a country that definitely experiences cold winters.
4d Sawn-off shooter gets convict in prison (5)
GULAG A prison for political prisoners – remove the last letter (sawn off) from a ‘shooter’ and follow with a slang term for a convict.
5d I provide drinks and cake for every male (3,6)
BAR PERSON Another way of referring to a cake of soap, for example, a preposition meaning for every and a male child.
6d Moves examinations after failing to grasp English (2-5)
RE-SITES Examinations you might take after failing the first time ‘grasp’ or have inserted E (English).
7d Mercedes motor vehicles reversing (5)
SMART A small Mercedes car is obtained by reversing some other vehicles.
10d E – a letter preceding Latin in use (7)
EPSILON The letter at the start of the clue and the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet precede or go before the abbreviation for Latin and a preposition meaning in use.
13d Support for foot bone (7)
STIRRUP A support for a foot when you are riding a horse or a small bone in the inner ear.
14d Rogue lies about someone rating highly (9)
EULOGISER An anagram (about) of ROGUE LIES.
16d I shorten time and I stop moving (9)
EPITOMIST An anagram (moving) of TIME I STOP.
18d Rip clothes, design dress (7)
RAIMENT Insert another word for design into a verb meaning to rip or tear.
20d French town where Dutch footballers lost ten – to cricket club? (7)
AJACCIO Take the Roman numeral for ten from a Dutch football team , add the abbreviation for Cricket Club and then put ten, in the form of the letters that look like the number, at the end.
22d Largely typical Italian Opera (5)
NORMA Bellini’s opera is obtained by using almost all (largely) the letters of a word meaning typical.
23d Indian town where professional anglers meet (5)
ALANG A town I’d never heard of – apparently it is where a large proportion of the world’s ship-breaking takes place – is helpfully hidden where professionAL ANGlers ‘meet’.
24d They express longing – how long did they express? (5)
SIGHS A homophone (did they express?) of what you want to know about something when you ask ‘how long’.