NTSPP – 299
An Alphabetical Puzzle by Hieroglyph
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On the vexed question of those constructs where a word must be split into two other words in order to be able to resolve the wordplay (the so-called lift-and-separate clues), I have decided, somewhat subjectively, that for NTSPP and MPP puzzles, starting today, the following will apply:
If the word which is to be separated splits naturally into two parts – such as “nut case” and “sweet heart” – it is admissible, but if it is forced and unnatural – like “has ten” and “pret end” then it is not.
A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
This crossword represents yet another attempt by Hieroglyph to persuade me to enjoy Alphabetical Crosswords. Looking back at my test solve, I see that I solved it back in July when on a visit to Northern Ireland during a quiet moment while my lovely grandson was having a nap. I described the experience as a nice, easy solve, easy “fit-in” – perhaps his next Alphabetical will have ‘harder’ clues but I’d welcome the same easy “jigsaw” experience as I much prefer the solving rather than the working out where to put my solutions.
Song due for transmission from one plane to another (3-2-3)
AIR-TO-AIR A song followed by an expression meaning due for transmission.
Attack bachelor when hot (4)
BASH The abbreviation for Bachelor, a conjunction meaning when and the abbreviation for hot.
Brutish man a politician’s imprisoned? (7)
CALIBAN I was helped here by having studied The Tempest for A Level English! A (from the clue) and an abbreviated politician from a particular party are imprisoned or inserted into a slang (American) term for a prison.
Greek character in racket takes a share (4,2)
DIPS IN The twenty-third letter of the Greek alphabet inserted into a racket or loud noise.
Emergency room containing dead beetle (6)
ELATER Another name for the skipjack beetle is obtained by inserting a way of saying dead into the abbreviation for the Emergency Room.
Falsify dates in reference papers (6)
FIDDLE Two lots of the abbreviation for Date inserted into a collection of papers arranged for reference.
Philosopher appears in novelty singles featuring piano and percussion instruments (13)
GLOCKENSPIELS The surname of a philosopher and the abbreviation for Piano both feature in an anagram (novelty) of SINGLES.
One laughs extremely heartily about a Northern European (5)
HYENA The ‘extreme’ letters of HeartilY followed by a reversal (about) of A (from the clue) and the abbreviations for Northern and European.
Business in Springfield accepting Homer’s termination (8)
INDUSTRY This misleading wordplay has nothing to do with the Simpsons! IN (from the clue) and the singer whose surname was Springfield, the latter having the ‘termination’ of HomeR inserted.
A large and lively gathering crowd carried ecstasy (8)
JAMBOREE Split your solution 3, 4, 1 and you’ll see how a crowd carried the drug Ecstasy. Jane queried the surface reading of the clue – I see ‘gathering’ as the action in the whole clue, and as an assembly when you split into definition and wordplay.
In Kuala Lumpur, trees camouflaged small birds of prey (8)
KESTRELS An anagram (camouflaged) of TREES inserted into the abbreviation for Kuala Lumpur, the result being followed by the abbreviation for Small.
Member returned free from guilt to prepare for exercise (6,2)
LIMBER UP Another word for a body part (member) followed by a reversal (return) of another way of saying free from guilt.
Soup order sent in Rome? (10)
MINESTRONE This Italian soup is an anagram (order) of SENT IN ROME.
Casino surprisingly conceals individual’s capital (7)
NICOSIA I (one, individual) hidden in an anagram (surprisingly) of CASINO.
Old pretences involved something that’s common knowledge (4,6)
OPEN SECRET An anagram (involved) of O (old) and PRETENCES.
Police Sergeant comprehending expert’s steps (5)
PACES An informal term for an expert inserted into the abbreviation for Police Sergeant.
Isolates question, isn’t near a resolution (11)
QUARANTINES QU (question) followed by an anagram (resolution) of ISNT NEAR A
Island ways, by the sound of it (6)
RHODES This Greek island sounds like (a homophone of) some ways.
Highlights at the tip of sister’s hair (8)
STRESSES The ‘tip’ of Sister followed by some hair.
Principles originally expressed under canvas? (6)
TENET The original letter of Expressed put ‘under canvas’.
On horseback, bishop attacks reprimands (8)
UPBRAIDS A way of saying on horseback, the abbreviation for Bishop and some attacks.
In Rome, see duck newspaperman’s committed to film (7)
VIDEOED The Latin (in Rome) for ‘see’, the number used to indicate zero runs on a cricket score sheet (a duck) and the abbreviation for the top newspaperman.
Withstands sly characters (7)
WEASELS To understand the wordplay you have to split ‘with stands’ and then see that you need the abbreviation for With and some stands used by artists, for example.
Cross over South African’s language (4)
XOSA An alternative spelling for this South African language is obtained by following the letter that looks like a cross with the abbreviations for Over South and African.
Water sport excited Cathy in Gabon (8)
YACHTING An anagram (excited)of CATHY followed by IN (from the clue) and the IVR code for Gabon.
Revolutionary force at the end of Saratoga (6).
ZAPATA This Mexican revolutionary is obtained by following a force or vitality with AT (from the clue) and the ‘end’ of SaratogA.
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