NTSPP – 318
A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
Hieroglyph does like a theme and this particular crossword has give him the chance to use some amazing phrases in order to create anagrams of the titles of the themed works.
1a A father’s wise to popular admiral, regularly dropped by 20 (1,7,2,5)
A PASSAGE TO INDIA A (from the clue) an informal father plus S (father’s) an adjective meaning wise, the two letter word used to mean popular and the even letters of aDmIrAl.
9a Island‘s fine, in a manner, once youth-leader’s departed (7)
OKINAWA A simple way of saying fine, and a phrase meaning in a manner without the Y at the end (Youth ‘leader’s’ departed)
10a Semicircular mouldings‘ poor condition, regardless of combined operations (7)
TONDINI Architectural mouldings – An anagram (poor) of
CONDITION once you removed (regardless of) the abbreviation for Combined Operations.
11a Dung-beetle‘s the same, right? (3)
DOR The abbreviated way of saying the same followed by the abbreviation for right.
12a Originally, Monica Geller’s in 32 by 20 (7)
MAURICE The ‘original’ letter of Monica and the solution to 32a into which is inserted the name of the spoon-bending Mr Geller.
13a Humiliate oneself and react badly – that hurts! (3,4)
EAT CROW An anagram (badly) of REACT followed by a way of saying ‘that hurts!’ Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable tells you about the origin of the expression but I won’t explain it here in case it puts you off your Sunday lunch!
15a Useless papers ultimately appal people (4)
IDLE The abbreviation for papers that confirm who are followed by the ultimate letters of appaL and peoplE
17a Brief editorial in general treated differently (10)
LEADERETTE A brief editorial column in a newspaper – an anagram (differently) of TREATED inserted into the name of the general who commanded the Confederate Army in the American Civil War.
22a D’s by 20? (7,3)
HOWARDS END Find this particular themed solution and you’ll see how the D fits the wordplay!
26a Will’s personality? (4)
SELF The surname of a novelist/journalist/TV personality called Will or one’s personality/identity.
28a Reactionary split hit significant other (7)
PARTNER A reversal (reactionary) of a split or tear and a verb meaning to hit with a sharp blow.
30a Singer embracing 18’s increasingly vulgar (7)
CHEAPER Crosswordland’s favourite female singer embracing the solution to 18d.
32a A hole in one‘s outstanding! (3)
ACE A hole in one in golf or an informal adjective meaning outstanding.
33a See 19 Down
34a See 19 Down
35a/5d 20’s wife in this place regales fan drunkenly, initially traducing occupational therapist on active duty (5,6,4,2,5)
WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD The abbreviation for Wife, an adverb meaning in this place, an anagram (drunkenly) of REGALES FAN, the initial letter of Traducing, the abbreviation for Occupational Therapist, the preposition meaning on or about, and the military abbreviation for Active Duty. Alternatively, unless you are the blogger charged with explaining it and you know the works of 20, you can just write it in!!
1/8 Uncomfortably warm, I too make indecisive noises about life in Paris by 20 (1,4,4,1,4)
A ROOM WITH A VIEW Another clue where if you know the book, only the blogger needs to work it out…. An anagram (uncomfortably) of WARM I TOO and a verb meaning to make indecisive noises, into which is inserted the French (in Paris) word for life.
2d Farewell poster that is socially acceptable (5)
ADIEU Several abbreviations combined – a poster, the Latin for that is and the letter used to mean socially acceptable.
3d Arrest former secret police officers at the close (6)
STASIS The secret police force of the former East Germany and the final letter (close) of officers.
4d Cast amorous glances at German mistress cuddling English sweetheart (4,3)
GLAD EYE A slang term for an ogle – The abbreviation for German, a term for the mistress of the house ‘cuddling’ the abbreviation for English, and the result finished off with the ‘heart’ of swEet.
5d See 35
6d Those who light up singular republican film in Government institute (8)
IGNITERS The key to parsing this one is the tiny word “up” indicating the need to reverse the abbreviations for Singular and Republican, the Sci-Fi film so helpful to crossword setters, IN from the clue and the abbreviations for Government and Institute.
7d 5 having left club, help with the washing up? (5)
DRIER Remove the Roman numeral for five from a golf club.
8d See 1
14d Choose regular selection of hotpots (3)
OPT A regular selection from hOtPoTs
16d Depressed Member of Parliament’s left at the beginning (3)
LOW These members of parliament are those who belong to the particular collective noun – simply move the L for left at the end to the front.
18d Unbound paper copy (3)
APE Remove the ‘bounds’ from pAPEr
19/34/33 20’s extremely tough musical act, heading off to eat, enjoy shenanigans on the outskirts of ancient city (3,7,7)
THE LONGEST JOURNEY The ‘extreme’ letters of TougH, the abbreviated way we refer to a particular rock group, a verb meaning to eat without its first letter (heading off) and an anagram (shenanigans)of ENJOY into which is inserted the Old Testament city beloved by crossword setters everywhere.
20d Some esteem for stereotypical novelist (1,1,7)
E M FORSTER The novelist whose works form today’s theme is to be found lurking in some esteEM FOR STEReotypical
21d Hieroglyph’s dropped from regulation equipment (8)
ORDNANCE Remove I (Hieroglyph here referring to himself) from a regulation.
23d Rejected portion of avocado and eggs (3)
OVA Reversed (rejected) and found in a portion of AVOcado
24d Oddly runny soap mixture applied with an aerosol (5-2)
SPRAY-ON An anagram (mixture) of the odd letters of RuNnY and SOAP.
25d North American unit finally seize the car of an airship (7)
NACELLE The abbreviation for North American, a unit of which plants and animals are composed, and the final letter of seizE
27d Lacking energy in one instance, after playing intense sport (6)
TENNIS Remove one instance of the abbreviation for Energy from INT
ENSE and an anagram (after playing) of the remaining letters will produce a sport.
28d Sermonising individual, joint in hand (2-3)
PI-JAW This informal term for sermonising presumably has links with pious talk – Insert I (one, individual) and the informal abbreviation for a Joint (of marijuana!) into a hand .
29d Nice colour’s makeup (5)
ROUGE The French (as used in Nice) for the colour red is also the name of a cosmetic powder used to redden the face which always reminds me of my Granny who used it every time she went out so people wouldn’t say she looked poorly!
31d Go against Spain’s grievance (5)
PEEVE An informal word for urination (as is go) the abbreviation for a word meaning against (especially when one team is against another) and the IVR code for Spain