NTSPP – 319
Snow Goose (before and after) by Dutch
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Dutch has been promoted to the NTSPP slot so that this puzzle, which will be distributed to those attending the S&B meeting in Macclesfield, can be published here simultaneously. Can you work out the significance of the title?
A review of this puzzle follows by Prolixic.
This crossword was set by Dutch for the Slogger and Betters meeting in Macclesfield at the Snow Goose. A number of solutions to this crossword can be preceded or followed by one of those words. A list of the themed words is at the end of the crossword. To get so many themed words into the crossword without using obscure words in the remainder of the grid is quite a feat.
1 Frenzied whirl oddly ending in Macclesfield (4)
WILD – The odd letters of whirl followed by the last letter (ending in) of Macclesfield.
3 Hose off something stepped into? (4)
SHOE – An anagram (off) of HOSE.
6 Samba contest has some tasty flesh on display (5)
BACON – The answer is hidden in (has … on display) SAMBA CONTEST. Unusually, the definition here is not at the end or beginning of the clue.
10 Picked up in a Rover he’d pimped (9)
OVERHEARD – An anagram (pimped) of A ROVER HED.
11 Drives that woman to drink – sherry, primarily (5)
HERDS – A word meaning that woman followed by the initial letters (primarily) of Drink and Sherry.
12 Rambling in England with your old lecturer up front (7)
LENGTHY – A three letter abbreviation for England followed by the old form of your all preceded by (up front) the abbreviation for lecturer.
13 Spots politician in distressing condition (7)
PIMPLES – The abbreviation for a Member of Parliament (politician) inside another word for haemorrhoids (distressing condition).
14 Lustfully hug and chug (4)
NECK – A double definition, the second being to drink quickly – something I am sure did not happen in Macclesfield.
16 Constitutionally American, a damaged nation? (6)
CANADA – The answer is hidden in (constitutionally) AMERICAN A DAMAGED.
18 Essence of calmness about a person (3)
MAN – The central letters (essence) of calmness around (about) the A from the clue.
21 Fellow knocking back no end of mild (3)
DON – Reverse (knocking back) the NO from the clue and the last letter (end of) mild.
22 Cry before it hurts, like a coward (6)
YELLOW – A four letter word meaning to cry or shout followed by a two letter word meaning it hurts.
23 Inflatable rubber ring in Mediterranean port (4)
TYRE – A double definition, the first being one that goes around a wheel.
25 The German swine’s entered before paying guest (7)
BOARDER – Another word for a pig or swine goes before the German for the.
27 Substituted Israeli for Italian scorer (7)
SALIERI – An anagram (substituted) of ISRAELI.
29 Popular pair separated (2,3)
IN TWO – A two letter word for popular followed by another word for a pair.
30 Element of hell in mobster hit (9)
BRIMSTONE – An anagram (hit) of IN MOBSTER.
31 Old birds did initially love parties (5)
DODOS – The first letter (initially) of did followed by the letter for love or nil and the plural form of a word meaning parties.
32 Drug no longer in expensive stage (4)
STEP – Remove one of the Es (drug) from a word meaning expensive. As the word for expensive has two Es, perhaps One drug… might have been better.
33 TOP GEAR? (4)
CAPS – The typed case of the clue is also a word for a hat (top gear).
1 Tailor will do one finished so? (4-5)
WOOL LINED – An anagram (tailor) of WILL DO ONE.
2 Invention at home providing extended enjoyment between the sheets? (3-2)
LIE IN – Another word for a fib or invention followed by a word meaning at home.
4 Collapse after serious dump? (5,4)
HEAVY FALL – A word meaning serious or grave followed by (after) a word meaning collapse.
5 Eventually find oneself close to winning (3,2)
END UP – A word meaning close or finished followed by a word meaning ahead or winning.
6 Beatnik‘s bar accommodating (what a surprise) an old record company (8)
BOHEMIAN – A word meaning bar or prohibit includes (accommodating) a two letter meaning what a surprise and the name of an old record company.
7 Good grief – a green going into Northamptonshire town (3,6)
COR BLIMEY – A word for a shade of green goes inside the name of a former steel manufacturing town in Northamptonshire.
8 Poles delimit established breeding-sites (5)
NESTS – The abbreviations for north and south (poles) go around (delimit) an abbreviation for established.
9 European with sparkling wine (5)
WHITE – An anagram (sparkling) of E (European) WITH.
15 Got in touch with journalist pursuing scam with discretion (9)
CONTACTED – A word for a scam and a word meaning discretion followed by (pursuing) an abbreviation for editor (journalist).
17 Miserable existence of a setter? (1,4,4)
A DOG’S LIFE – A cryptic definition.
19 Takes food into topless joints lacking quality (9)
NEEDINESS – Another word meaning eats or takes food into goes inside a word for a leg joint with the initial letter removed (topless). Not entirely convinced that the answer means lacking quality.
20 Helping to see solution? (3-5)
EYE DROPS – A cryptic definition of what may be used to restore clear vision.
24 Pleasure at first feels like entering seventh heaven (5)
FLESH – The initial letters (at first) of the final five words of the clue.
25 Visionless Liberal gets into difficulty (5)
BLIND – The abbreviation for liberal inside another word for a difficulty.
26 Dresses up secretly in Chinese bordello (5)
ROBES – The answer is hidden an reversed (up secretly) in CHINESE BORDELLO.
28 Threat in returning beer smell (5)
EBOLA – The abbreviation for body odour (smell) in a reversal (returning) of a word for beer. Threat is a very loose definition for the answer.
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