NTSPP – 303
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Time for Prolixic to return once again to the Saturday afternoon slot.
1a Be annoyed with frivolous reform (3,3,5)
SEE THE LIGHT Split a word meaning to boil with anger (be annoyed) and follow with a synonym for frivolous.
7a Father’s fine about Vogue (3)
FAD Reverse (about) an informal way of referring to your father and the abbreviation for fine.
9a Quits sport after leader is dismissed (5)
EVENS ‘Dismiss’ or remove the first letter (leader) from a type of rugby union with fewer players than the ‘usual’ fifteen.
10a Island with a genuine shipwreck (3,6)
NEW GUINEA An anagram (shipwreck) of A GENUINE and W (with)
11a Four notes about a private meeting (4-1-4)
TETE-A-TETE Four lots of the seventh note in the sol-fa scale put about A (from the clue).
12a Courtyard seen in workshop at Iona (5)
PATIO Hidden (seen) in workshoP AT IOna
13a Perfect blend of peanut oil the Spanish exported (7)
UTOPIAN An anagram (blend) of P
EANUT OI L without the EL (the Spanish definite article being ‘exported’).
15a Pretentious manner regularly employed by swindler (4)
SIDE The regular letters of SwInDlEr.
18a Nearest store (4)
NEXT A double definition – without a capital, we have an adjective meaning nearest; with a capital N, a well-known high street store, although saying that, their logo has a small n too!
20a Jack’s heartless superior embracing sex with Saturn’s son (7)
JUPITER The abbreviation for a Jack in a game of cards and another word for superior with its middle letter removed (heartless) into which is inserted one of the informal ways of referring to sex.
23a These trees supply processed steel and paper (5)
APPLE To get these trees you need to take the words STEEL and PAPER, remove TREES and make an anagram (processed) of the letters you have left. An anagram (supply) of the solution and TREES produces STEEL and PAPER.
24a Naval officer hiding gold in toilet (9)
COMMODORE The heraldic term for gold hidden in a chair containing a chamberpot (toilet)
26a Annoy a good king with a tax direction (9)
AGGRAVATE A (from the clue) GR (George Rex, King), A (from the clue) a tax on the increase of price on goods or services, and a compass direction.
27a Mavis offered harbour for dispatch boat (5)
AVISO A historical advice-boat is hidden in mAVIS Offered.
28a Vital part of pontoon (3)
ACE Part of the best possible hand in a game of pontoon.
29a Organised supermarket under canvas is open (11)
TRANSPARENT Organised and a particular supermarket are put inside (under) a canvas structure used in camping.
1d Range of presumably new computers crashed (8)
SPECTRUM If something is presumably new, it is not ‘old’ – this is our setter’s way of telling you to remove the O before you make an anagram (crashed) of COMPUTERS.
2d Particle of silver and gold alloy (8)
ELECTRON Hands up who else knew the particle but didn’t know the same word meant a natural alloy of gold and silver used in ancient times? I’ve noted it down for future reference.
3d Herd tramples a plant (5)
HOSTA A herd or large crowd tramples or goes over A (from the clue).
4d Lighter network performance is reported (7)
LANTERN A Local Area [computer] Network and a homophone (is reported) of performance.
5d Witnesses costermongers getting new start (7)
GAWKERS People who stare and gape at something are obtained by changing the first letter (getting new start) of some people who offer goods for sale on the street (costermongers sell fruit or other wares from barrows).
6d Broke wind whilst riding – that’s false (7-2)
TRUMPED-UP A slang expression meaning broke wind and a way of saying on horseback.
7d Fixed penalty drinking Martini? (6)
FINITE Crossword setters like Martini and other brands of Italian vermouth because it means they can use the two-letter way of referring to this drink (particularly when added to gin) and, in this case, insert it into a penalty.
8d Draco has split pullover (6)
DRAGON Split this Northern constellation 4, 2 and you’d have an expression meaning pull over.
14d Crude top removed from pit prop crushes worker (9)
INELEGANT Remove the first letter (top removed) from a coal pit, follow with a type of prop or support and one of crosswordland’s favourite workers.
16d No pirate deployed poison (8)
ATROPINE An anagram (deployed) of NO PIRATE.
17d Lavish with alcohol in seaside tax haven (4,4)
FREE PORT Another word for lavish and some fortified wine (alcohol)
19d Attending a college function comes up with musical piece (7)
TOCCATA Another way of saying attending, A from the clue, the abbreviation for college and the abbreviation for cotangent (trigonometrical function).
20d Joining cables and cable knits? (7)
JUMPERS Cables used to start cars using another battery or knits which may have a cable pattern.
21d Tomorrow‘s article about divine food – on the contrary (6)
MANANA Contrary to the first part of the wordplay, the miraculous Biblical food goes ‘about’ the indefinite article.
22d Climax of an elegist briefly describing Earth Goddess (6)
APOGEE Almost all (briefly) of someone who writes mournful poems (elegist) into which is inserted (describes) one of the alternative spellings for the goddess or personification of Earth in Greek mythology.
25d Old Bob sits in tree overlooking a foreign port (5)
OSAKA The abbreviation for the coin we used to know as a ‘Bob’ inserted into a tree and followed by (overlooking) A (from the clue).
Thanks once again to Prolixic for the usual mix of entertainment and education I have added the ‘obscure’ definitions to my memory banks as , based on past experience, these words will appear in one or other of the national crosswords in due course.