NTSPP – 301
Crumpled Heap by Vigo
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This is Vigo’s first NTSPP puzzle since her debut in The Independent.
A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
Vigo’s introduction said: “Crumpled Heap is named in honour of the first clue I ever wrote that crypticsue put a star next to when she test-solved it. (I treasure them when they do appear!).”
I can’t find the crossword with this particular clue in it, but I did find the first one I ever test-solved for Vigo back in October 2013 and, far be it from me to call her a fibber, but there were two clues meriting a * in that one too!! This week’s NTSPP is an enjoyable pangram which I solved all over again as I couldn’t find the original test grid, before giving the week’s ‘crumpled heap’ my full attention.
1a Angus’s regular treatment of acne makes little difference (6)
NUANCE The regular letters of aNgUs followed by an anagram (treatment of) ACNE.
4a Work place back in use (6)
OFFICE Split the workplace 3,3 and you get an expression meaning the opposite of postponed (back in use)
8a Twist in groin results in crumpled heap in need of attention (7)
IRONING An anagram (twist) of IN GROIN.
9a Rifle continued to fire (7)
RANSACK Another way of saying continued plus a word meaning dismiss (fire).
11a Thorough police force has one copper with tortured soul (10)
METICULOUS The abbreviation for the police force in London, the letter that looks like a number one, the chemical symbol for copper and an anagram (tortured) of SOUL.
12a Sense negative energy surrounding Scotland’s leader (4)
NOSE The word used when being negative, and the abbreviation for Energy, ‘surround’ the leading letter of Scotland.
13a Colourist holds right to salon equipment (5)
DRYER Insert an R (holds right) into someone who stains something a different colour
14a An A & E gown growing bacterium from septic tank? (8)
ANAEROBE AN A E (all from the clue) and a gown.
16a I have a partner that’s flawed (8)
IMPAIRED Combine the words used when you’d say you had a partner.
18a Kiss damaged flesh (5)
GRAZE To pass lightly along the surface of (kiss) or a scrape on the surface of the skin.
20a Idiot takes in quietly dangerous creatures (4)
ASPS The musical abbreviation meaning to play quietly inserted into an idiot.
21a City scoundrel suffering in Post Office slip-up (10)
PECCADILLO A trifling misdemeanour – Insert into the abbreviation for Post Office, the letters used in the postcode of the area of London where the ‘city’ can be found, a scoundrel and another way of saying ailing (suffering).
23a Intended to suppress initial naughtiness and be an angel (7)
FINANCE These angels back theatrical ventures – insert the first letter (initial) of Naughtiness into a lady’s “intended”.
24a Capacitor endlessly churned out farinaceous substance (7)
TAPIOCA Remove the ends of
CAPACITO R and make an anagram (churned out) of the letters you have left.
25a Bashful about blunder making drink (6)
SHERRY Insert a way of saying blunder or mistake into an alternative for bashful.
26a Flies in the morning finding rubbish (6)
JETSAM Travels by plane (flies) and the abbreviation used to indicate morning.
1d Fibrous cord within inner ventricle (5)
NERVE Hidden within inNER VEntricle
2d Night in Paris following an unknown payment (7)
ANNUITY AN (from the clue) followed by the French (in Paris) word for night and a mathematical unknown.
3d Champion to take in queen and queen’s men (9)
CONQUEROR A slang term meaning to take in, an abbreviation for queen, the regnal cipher for our current queen, and the two letters used to mean ordinary ranks of soldiers (men).
5d ` Female fish unravels (5)
FRAYS The abbreviation for Female and some flat-bodied fish.
6d Containers lacking firm and robust base spill out more nuts (7)
INSANER Remove the abbreviation for company (lacking firm) and the ‘base’ of robust from
CON TAINERS and then make an anagram (out) of the remaining letters.
7d Old guy takes in American minor (9)
EXCUSABLE A prefix meaning former (old) and a rope (guy) into which is inserted the abbreviation for the United States.
10d Commanding Officer cut after battle shows lack of valour (9)
COWARDICE The abbreviation for Commanding Officer, a state of conflict (battle) and a verb meaning to cut into small cubes.
13d Servants‘ disagreements (9)
DOMESTICS House servants or an informal term for some disagreements
15d Drive up the wall using tank found in dilapidated garage (9)
AGGRAVATE A large vessel or tank inserted into an anagram (dilapidated) of GARAGE.
17d Cool down cooked sausage (7)
ASSUAGE An anagram (cooked) of SAUSAGE
19d Friendships barmaid regularly restricts (7)
AMITIES The regular letters of bArMaId followed by a verb meaning restricts
21d One taking steps to go over backwards (5)
PACER A reversal (backwards) of a verb meaning to go over the chief points again.
22d Alternate site, lacking finish, starting to moulder (5)
LOCUM Remove the final letter (lacking finish) of a Latin word meaning site and replace with the ‘start’ of Moulder.