NTSPP – 310
A Puzzle by Toro
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A review of this puzzle by a very sleepy Prolixic follow.
Apologies for the brevity of the review. The shenanigans of my eldest son meant that I did not get to bed till gone 2:30 am. It was a fantastic crossword to which I cannot do full justice at the moment with a pictorial review.
1/6 Unwind with large one in pub (8,4)
WATERING HOLE – An anagram (unwind) of WITH LARGE ONE
10 Old time artist and silent movie actor (5)
EXTRA – A two letter abbreviation for old and the abbreviations for time and an artist
11 Daring commercial enterprise (9)
ADVENTURE – A two letter word for a commercial or publicity followed by another word for enterprise.
12 Where everyone’s gone to see entertainer tango in ballroom wear (5,4)
GHOST TOWN – Another word for an entertainer or emcee and the letter represented by Tango in the phonetic alphabet inside another word for a dress worn to a ball.
13 What links South America with El Salvador? (5)
ANDES – A definition of the mountain range, the wordplay being another word for with and the abbreviation for El Salvador.
14 Not Shetland or Rum, nor Skye (7)
ORKNEYS – An anagram (rum) of NOR SKYE.
16 Midge deterrent introduced after hot month’s forecast (7)
AUGURED – One of the hottest months of the year followed by the surname of the singer Midge and the first letter (introduced) of deterrent.
18 Inuits unfamilar with a hot country (7)
TUNISIA – An anagram (unfamiliar) of INUITS followed by the A from the clue.
20 Make appearance in play about one cold seducer (7)
ENTICER – Another word for going on the stage in a play around the letter for one and the abbreviation for cold.
22 Toro gets to divulge a tool of his trade (5)
ROGET – The author of a thesaurus is hidden (to divulge) in TORO GETS.
24 Shared belief of government number-crunchers in what they do? (9)
CONSENUS – The abbreviation for the Office of National Statistics (government number crunchers) inside the name of a periodic statistics gathering exercise that they carry out.
26 I flex, pat and soothe (9)
OSTEOPATH – An anagram (flex) of PAT SOOTHE with the whole clue providing the definition.
27 Here in France, about to turn more wintry (5)
ICIER – The French word for here followed by a reversal (to turn) of a two letter word meaning about.
28 Pious air a certain man conveyed (4)
HYMN – A homophone (conveyed) of him (a certain man)
29 Threats and violence in attempt to conceal goods in shade (8)
THUGGERY – A Russian doll clue – A word meaning to attempt includes (to conceal) a word for a shade or colour which itself includes two Gs (goods).
2 Pair beginning to romp in refuge for bestial couples — pretty graphic! (7)
ARTWORK – Another word for a pair and the first letter (beginning to) of romp inside the boat that resuced lots of animals.
3 Precision cutting tool tossed up and caught on head (9)
EXACTNESS – Reverse (tossed up) a cutting tool and put this on the abbreviation for caught and another word for a head of land.
4 Role in Otello filled by lead in Madame Butterfly (5)
IMAGO – One of the characters in Otello includes the first letter (lead in) Madame.
5 Just William in relation to Shakespeare, for example (5,4)
GIVEN NAME – Another expression for a person’s first name.
6 Natural hair colouring shows through when naked (5)
HENNA – The answer is hidden in (shows through) WHEN NAKED.
7 Regularly loaf with less than clean clothes (7)
LAUNDER – The odd letters (regularly) in loaf followed by a word meaning less than.
8 Referring to comic or tragic chapter in French history (5,2,6)
REIGN OF TERROR – An anagram (comic) of REFERRING TO.
9 Holiday location that could give you disease (7,6)
SEASIDE RESORT – A reverse anagram clue. This holiday location when expressed as an anagram clue could give DISEASE as the answer.
15 The night sky depicted by potato printing? (4,5)
STAR CHART – Split (6,3) the answer might indicate a print made from a potato!
17 Drawing of Russian empress unclad and straddled by horse (9)
GATHERING – The name of a Russian empress with the first and last letters removed inside a two letter word for a horse.
19 Oddly deficient ending that play gives us when it’s performed? (7)
NIGHTLY – An the even letters (oddly deficient) in eNdInG tHaT pLaY.
21 She manages till she consumes one in a saloon perhaps (7)
CASHIER – The letter representing one inside the she from the clue inside another word for a vehicle of which saloon is an example.
23 Old Norse character who thunders in the skies above Norway (5)
THORN – The name of the thunder God over the abbreviation for Norway.
25 Indian statesman raised poultry and game (5)
NEHRU – Reverse (raised) another word for a bird (poultry) and follow with the abbreviation for a game or sport.