NTSPP – 311
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows
I’ve had lots of problems solving Radler crosswords over the last four years or so, but, this one was (for a Radler) a straightforward puzzle solved all in one session and in a lot less time than a “Radler” usually takes me. If we gave star ratings for NTSPPs, I’d have awarded at least 4* for enjoyment.
My favourite clue has to be the sneakily brilliant 1a – a d’oh moment in waiting if ever there was one.
1a Periodic table element (9)
ALUMINIUM The ‘periodic’ letters of tAbLe give you the chemical symbol for the required element.
6a It’s telling who has made pointless fuss (3-2)
HOO-HA A homophone (it’s telling) of WHO followed by HA (ha
s made ‘pointless’ or without the compass point at the end)
9a Entertainer’s behind sweet female tweaking figure (5,6)
FUDGE FACTOR An entertainer goes after (behind) a soft sweet made from butter, cream and sugar, and the abbreviation for Female. The wordplay was very helpful as I hadn’t heard of this ‘tweaking figure’ which an investigoogle revealed is apparently “any variable component added to an experiment, plan, or the like that can be manipulated to allow leeway for error” so now you know too.
10a Savings when one cutback (3)
ISA A reversal of a conjunction meaning when and the letter that looks like a number one.
11a Brief nursery rhyme (7)
CURSORY A word that rhymes with nursery.
12a Retiring in 60 minutes, family’s new start (7)
REBIRTH Insert another word for family into the abbreviation for the period of time that takes 60 minutes and then reverse (retiring).
13a Praise Julie initially rejected, goes for review (8)
EULOGISE Remove the J from JULIE (initially rejected) and then make an anagram (for review) of the remaining letters and GOES.
15a Became dizzy, was confused, got married (4)
SWAM An anagram (confused) of WAS followed by the abbreviation for Married.
19a Bloody disaster area overwhelms (4)
RARE Overwhelms indicates that a description usually applied to a hardly-cooked steak is hidden in disasteR AREa
20a This crew leader‘s steer, succeeded getting a win perhaps (8)
COXSWAIN The ‘leader’ of Crew, an animal known as a steer, the abbreviation for Succeeded, and an anagram (perhaps) of A WIN.
23a It identifies related non-independent country (7)
SURNAME There are two ways to spell this South American country, here you need the one with the E on the end. All you then have to do is remove the I (non-Independent).
25a Mexican state acrobats run away after tumble (7)
TABASCO An anagram (after tumble) of ACROBATS, once you have removed the R (Run ‘away’)
26a Direct motorway? (3)
AIM Split your solution 2,1 and you get a designation given to five separate sections of a major North-South Road (motorway?)
27a Consenting adult getting caught, hurriedly quit scene (11)
ACQUIESCENT The abbreviations for Adult and Caught and an anagram (hurriedly) of QUIT SCENE.
28a Medical specimens from elite soldiers with black stripes (5)
SWABS Insert separately (as indicated by the stripes) the abbreviations for With and Black into the way we refer to the Army’s elite special forces unit.
29a It’s used to whip exhausted driver outside (9)
EGGBEATER Insert an informal term for exhausted into someone who encourages (driver).
1d Put on for move (6)
AFFECT Double definition time.
2d Shivering nude bottom without winter pants? (9)
UNDERWEAR An anagram (shivering) of NUDE and another word for bottom, into which is inserted an abbreviation for Winter that isn’t in any dictionary/reference book, which is a shame because the surface reading is so good.
3d Drug money used for food. Stick with it! (3,5)
ICE LOLLY Not entirely sure that this counts as a food! A slang term for a drug and an informal term for money.
4d Rift valleys every so often forming land (5)
ITALY This European land is found by taking the even letters (every so often) from rIfT vAlLeYs.
5d Second before crashing, it sorts auto-pilots (9)
MOTORISTS Auto-pilots is such a lovely misleading definition. An abbreviation for a short period of time (such as a second) goes before an anagram (crashing) of IT SORTS.
6d By this unconventional belief, bishop excommunicates saint (6)
HEREBY B for Bishop replaces (excommunicates) S for Saint in an unconventional belief.
7d Twig after one with stockings ditches husband (5)
OSIER Twigs from a particular tree – ‘ditch’ or remove the H (husband) from a dealer in, or maker of, stockings.
8d Every article written on old lady’s curse (8)
ANATHEMA Every (English grammatical) article goes before (written on) an informal term for a mother (old lady).
14d Go and request a different way, that’s not natural (9)
GROTESQUE An anagram (a different way) of GO and REQUEST.
16d Dishevelled Penny stays in; curls not yet dry (9)
WINDSWEPT a verb meaning curls and a adjective used to denote when something is not yet dry, the latter having the abbreviation for Penny inserted.
17d Misbehaviour while away? Mademoiselle’s very above that (8)
TRESPASS The word a French Mademoiselle would use to say ‘very’ followed by another way of saying while away time.
18d It’s dear, essentially wasted pound (8)
LAMBASTE an informal term for a dear followed by the ‘essential’ or middle letters of wASTEd.
21d Arrogant women following lead of monarch, using first person plural (6)
MADAMS The ‘leader’ of Monarch followed by the plural of the first person on Earth.
22d Doctor Foster: to a greater extent, wet (6)
SOFTER An anagram (doctor) of FOSTER.
24d Cuban music drum beat – Ted’s up and away (5)
RUMBA Remove (away) the letters of TED which are found reversed (up) in
DRUM B EA T and you’ll see the Cuban music.
25d Gadget produced when combining wealth and ingenuity (5)
THING Combine the last two letters of wealTH and the first three of INGenuity