NTSPP – 314
Cunningly Echoed by Chalicea
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
The following prologue was typed yesterday afternoon, before all the comments about the obviousness of the anagrams and the visit from this week’s setter – I had the pleasure of meeting Chalicea at the Birthday Bash and so was looking forward to solving and reviewing the crossword.
‘Cunningly’ doesn’t appear in the BRB’s list of Anagram Indicators but it was fairly obvious quite early on in the solving process that some of the solutions were anagrams of previous ones, or in some cases the actual word that had to be arranged in the earlier clue, which made solving the Across clues very easy. The Downs, however, required quite a bit more work!
1a Surprisingly spots mail deliveries (5)
POSTS An anagram (surprising) of SPOTS
4a Troubled emigrants issuing in a flow (9)
STREAMING An anagram (troubled) of EMIGRANTS.
9a Poet’s reluctance to work; sidles about, essentially inert (7)
IDLESSE A poetic term for reluctance to work is an anagram (about ) of SIDLES followed by the ‘essential’ letter of inErt
10a Seasoning area of coastal land regularly covered by tide (7)
SALTING The act of seasoning with a particular substance or a coastal meadow flooded by the tides
11a In a whirl, canoe immense expanse of water (5)
OCEAN An anagram (in a whirl) of CANOE – one of Crosswordland’s “old favourite” clues.
13a Feels about blindly not initially grasping strings of onions, for example (5)
ROPES Remove the G (not initially Grasping) from a word meaning feels about blindly.
15a Devoured god! (3)
ATE The past participle of a verb meaning devoured or the Greek goddess of vengeance and mischief.
16a Practical skill of exceptional tar (3)
ART An anagram (exceptional) of TAR
17a Reveal some incredible tongue-twisters (3,2)
LET ON Hidden in some incredibLE TONgue-twisters
19a Muslim leader, woman previously mentioned and independent king (5)
SHEIK The female named before and the abbreviations for Independent and King.
21a In poetry hastens, taking in kilometre walking tours (5)
HIKES A poetical verb meaning hastens into which is inserted (taking in) the abbreviation for Kilometre.
23a Slow passage of fasting season before start of overeating (5)
LENTO The season when we fast or give up good things goes before the ‘start’ of Overeating.
24a Seaman‘s unusual art (3)
TAR An anagram (unusual) of ART
25a Swallow penalty from time to time (3)
EAT The even (from time to time) letters of pEnAlTy
26a Reproductive body‘s curious poser (5)
SPORE An anagram (curious) of POSER
28a Rough ocean for light paddled boat (5)
CANOE An anagram (rough) of OCEAN.
29a Abusing the proposing of candidates (7)
SLATING Abusing or commenting on unfavourably; in the USA, the preliminary listing of candidates.
31a Internal combustion engines‘ tiny differences in pitch crossing line (7)
DIESELS Tiny differences in pitch put round an L (crossing Line)
33a Frantically streaming people leaving their country (9)
EMIGRANTS An anagram (frantically) of STREAMING
34a Locates unusual posts (5)
SPOTS An anagram (unusual) of POSTS.
1d Irritating US shrub‘s malignant influence remains (6,3)
POISON ASH I’d heard of xxxxxx ivy but not this particular swamp shrub – a malignant influence followed by some remains of burnt wood.
2d Prominent saint, a foreigner at heart (7)
SALIENT A foreigner is inserted into the ‘heart’ of the abbreviation for saint.
3d Awareness of something primarily unserviceable (3)
SUS A slang term for awareness of doubtful behaviour – Something ‘primarily) followed by the abbreviation meaning unserviceable.
4d Spiky shoot of singular fruit (5)
SPEAR The abbreviation for singular followed by a type of fruit.
5d Notes US land set aside by treaty for native peoples (3)
RES The second notes of the tonic sol-fa scale or the US informal abbreviation for some land set aside for native peoples.
6d Book of maps finally short of a bit of technology (5)
ATLAS Remove the T (short a bit of Technology) from an expression meaning finally.
7d Take as a model one friend possessing sex appeal (7)
IMITATE I (one) followed by a friend into which is inserted (possessing) one of the Crosswordland favourite informal terms for sex appeal.
8d Dance band’s engagement to perform grunge regularly (5)
GIGUE A slang term for an engagement of a band followed by the regular (third and sixth) letters of grUngE.
12d Winter fruit lines developed (5)
NELIS A variety of pear that doesn’t ripen until winter is obtained from an anagram (developed) of LINES.
14d Absence of bite turning up in this edible Mexican nut (5)
PINON An edible pine seed – reverse (turning up in a Down clue) NO NIP (absence of bite)
18d Public utility‘s sample of pastel colours (5)
TELCO A sample or part of pasTEL COlours
19d Person seemingly indifferent to emotions, thus including tax officer (5)
STOIC Insert (including) the abbreviation for Tax Officer into a Latin term meaning thus.
20d Reeks and mess problematically combined in urban cycle races (9)
KERMESSES Cycle races held in urban areas. Problematically indicated to me that the solution might be an anagram of REEKS and MESS but we actually need an anagram of REEKS into which is inserted (combined) MESS (from the clue).
22d In trouble, walk to one Indian police station (7)
KOTWALI An anagram (in trouble) of WALK TO followed by the letter that looks like a number one.
24d Hybrid fruit‘s pungency and new look, ignoring the odds (7)
TANGELO A synonym for pungency, and the even letters (ignoring the odds) of nEw LoOk
25d Result of tennis rules occasionally (5)
ENSUE The even (occasionally) letters of tEnNiS rUlEs
26d Participant in snow sport, maybe riskiest when it’s sadly lacking (5)
SKIER Remove the letters of ITS (sadly indicates that they aren’t in that order) from RISKIEST and then make an anagram (maybe) of the remaining letters.
27d Curious episodes (not peculiarly ESP); distinctive expression of intellectual character of group (5)
EIDOS An anagram (curious) of EPISODES once you have removed the ESP (peculiarly being used to indicate that the letters aren’t in that order)
30d Shoot at wandering gnu (3)
GUN An anagram (wandering) of GNU.
32d Measurements of spinning tailless duck (3)
EMS These printers’ measurements are obtained by reversing (spinning) almost all (tailless) of a type of duck.
I’ve seen crosswords before where one solution was an anagram of another but not quite as obviously as in this one. As for the ‘unknowns’ in the Down clues, I don’t think I’ve used a dictionary so much when reviewing a crossword for some time! The question is will I remember any of the unknown words if I ever see them again?
PS: I typed this about three hours before I solved another crossword in which I found that one of the required solutions was a word from this NTSPP. Never heard of it before and then it turns up twice in one day! I think I’d better put the rest of the ‘unknowns’ into that part of my memory bank reserved for words that might be required at some time in the future.