Monthly Prize Puzzle – 046
A Puzzle by Prolixic
Congratulations to Frank Greaney who correctly worked out which six of the Across answers could be linked, in the manner of a DT Quick Crossword pun, to form Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the song from the musical film Mary Poppins. He can now choose one of the Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Books as his prize and hopefully the rest of us can now get rid of the earworm.
1a American reviewed a word for great (5)
SUPER – A reversal (reviewed) of US (American) followed by PER (a, each)
4a Hardened locals due for reorganisation (9)
CALLOUSED – An anagram (reorganization) of LOCALS DUE
9a Determined to include relative in plan (9)
INSISTENT – SIS (sister, relative) included in INTENT (plan)
10a Way Victor returned is corrupt (5)
VENAL – V (Victor – NATO Phonetic Alphabet) and a reversal (returned) of LANE (way)
11a Delicate paper put in folder (7)
FRAGILE – RAG (newspaper) put in FILE (folder).
12a Poison discovered in bacon items (7)
ACONITE – Discovered lurking in bACON ITEms
13a Speak of international unit … (6)
INTONE – INT (international) ONE (unit)
15a … say German petroleum company producing a type of paint (8)
EGGSHELL – EG (say, for example) G (German) SHELL (petroleum company)
18a Relating to the quality of message by King leaving country (8)
TEXTURAL – TEXT (message) and URAL (R, Rex, King leaving
20a I’m surprised a Catholic describes saint for spiritualist (6)
MYSTIC – MY (I’m surprised) and I (a, one) C (Catholic) ‘describes’ or goes round ST (saint)
23a Worried about Times following old Earl stopping STD (5,2)
VEXED BY – BY (times in maths) follows EX (old) and E (earl) inside VD (STD)
24a A French national is rude (7)
UNCIVIL – UN (the French indefinite article) CIVIL (national)
26a Graduate leaves pudding to dance (5)
RUMBA – BA (Bachelor of Arts, graduate) leaves RUM BA
BA (Prolixic calls it a pudding but the splendid one I had in Naples was definitely a cake)
27a Leaving port, hospital ship regularly treated a personal complaint (9)
HALITOSIS – Remove the P (leaving Port) from HOS
PITAL, take the odd (regularly) letters of ShIp and then rearrange to get some foul breath (personal complaint).
28a How to apply Clearasil in a dangerous situation (2-3-4)
ON-THE-SPOT – A double definition.
29a American lawyer put back appointments (5)
DATES – DA (American District Attorney) followed by a reversal (back) of SET (put).
1d Cover over old tool – a cheeseparer (9)
SKINFLINT – SKIN (cover) FLINT (old tool)
2d Crush a Turkish governor (5)
PASHA – PASH (crush in the sense an adolescent infatuation) A (from the clue)
3d Two boys and a foreigner (7)
RUSSIAN – RUSS and IAN (two boys)
4d Heard Blue was in the boat (6)
CREWED – A homophone (heard) of CRUDE (blue)
5d Allow half-hearted prince to describe Government’s inaction (8)
LETHARGY – LET (allow) and HAR[
R]Y (prince) ‘describes’ G (Government).
6d Unaware of Light Infantry’s departure, that’s clear (7)
OBVIOUS – The departure of the abbreviation for Light Infantry from OB
LIVIOUS (unaware of) makes the solution to this clue clear.
7d Military leader interrupts conscious thought (9)
SENTIMENT – M (the leader of military) interrupts SENTIENT (conscious)
8d Investigate key day of celebration? (5)
DELVE – DEL (the delete key on your keyboard) and VE (the day Victory in Europe was celebrated)
14d Sack ten in invite leaving no Scot! (3-6)
TAX-EXEMPT – This particular Scot being a historical tax originally paid in Scotland) – AXE (sack) X (the Roman numeral for 10) inserted into TEMPT (invite)
16d Restricts collie being let loose with ass (9)
LOCALISES – An anagram (being let loose) of COLLIE and ASS.
17d Magazine’s cool title (8)
LADYSHIP – Relating to the Lady magazine – LADYS and HIP (cool, fashionable)
19d Expose peacekeepers’ hanging (7)
UNDRAPE – UN (United Nations, peacekeepers) DRAPE (hanging)
21d Sailed around reef with Henry Heath? (7)
YACHTED – A reversal (around) of CAY (reef) H (Henry being the SI Unit of Inductance) and TED (Heath).
22d Lettuce endlessly chopped in dish (6)
CUTLET – Remove the E at the end of LETTUC
e and make an anagram (chopped) of the remaining letters.
23d Sign note left for oriental bird (5)
VIREO – The musical note G is replaced by E (Eastern, oriental) in VIRGO (the sign of the Zodiac) to produce a small American insectivorous bird.
25d Vatican City question call (5)
VISIT – V (the IVR code for the Vatican City and IS IT (a question!)
Thanks once again to Prolixic ( it was worth the three year wait ) for another fine MPP and to Mrs BD and BD himself for their parts in this month’s puzzle production.