NTSPP – 321
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Can you spot all the thematic answers?
A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
Vigo returns with a very enjoyable crossword –if you didn’t spot the theme, don’t worry, her original instructions were “It does have a theme but I realised that, apart from the top line, it‘s not very noticeable so ignore it!”
A traditional list of the themed items, such as that on your Word page, doesn’t include all of the ones Vigo has managed to include in this crossword – putting some of the solution names into Google Images, if you include the three in the top line as separate items rather than the whole one Vigo mentions in her message to me,you should end up with twenty-one of them.
9a Measures house backing on to start of trail (5)
TIMES The start of Trail is followed by a reversal (backing) of an abbreviated way of describing a house attached to another
10a Young, tailless amphibian (3)
NEW Just remove the tail from an amphibian.
11a Capital’s resident from Angola’s hiding (5)
ROMAN Hiding in fROM ANgola This illustrates the themed item revealed by the top row: 12a Language institute follows wordplay with punch (7)
PUNJABI The abbreviation for institute follows a play on words and a punch.
16a Angry man has set back (3,2)
HET UP The masculine form of the third person pronoun (man) and a reversal (back)of another way of saying set.
17a Florentine originally made by journalist here in Provence (6)
MEDICI The ‘original ‘ letter of Made, the abbreviation for the top journalist and the French (as used in Provence) word for here.
26a One shedding tears over old uniform guide (7)
COURIER The abbreviations for Old and Uniform go inside someone shedding tears. This particular themed item always reminds me of Golfball typewriters a long time ago.27a Space for keeping herb to hold back decay (7)
STORAGE A herb holds a reversal (back) of decay.
29a Tree covered by cheap Plexiglas (5)
APPLE A tree covered by cheAP PLExiglas30a Finally given menu and initially no one’s taking orders (3)
NUN The final letters of given and menu and the initial letter of No.
31a Abandon harvest (5)
YIELD A double definition to finish the Across clues.
2d Put out when upwardly mobile celebrity gets wrong date (8)
EMANATED A reversal (upwardly mobile) of a celebrity followed by an anagram (wrong) of DATE.
3d Land mass America is returning to leader of Algonquians (4)
ASIA The abbreviation for America and IS (from the clue) reversed (returning to) the ‘leader’ of Algonquians.4d Article’s quite strange and old-fashioned (7)
ANTIQUE An indefinite article and an anagram (strange) of QUITE.
6d Nice people start to hoard gold and new brass (6,4)
FRENCH HORN The nationality of people from Nice, the ‘start’ of Hoard, the heraldic term for gold and the abbreviation for new.
7d Consequences of Independent politician’s legislation (6)
IMPACT The abbreviation for Independent, the abbreviated way of referring to a politician, and a piece of legislation.8d Lower leg support (8)
UNDERPIN A synonym for lower and an informal term for a leg.
15d Have second thoughts about prisoner having right to go outside wing (10)
RECONSIDER A preposition meaning about, an informal term for a prisoner and the abbreviation for Right which goes outside a ‘wing’.
17d Performer is manic, dancing around centre of house (8)
MUSICIAN An anagram (dancing) of IS MANIC and the ‘centre’ of hoUse19d One impressing regular teenage party goer (8)
ENGRAVER The regular letters of tEeNaGe and a person who goes to a mass gathering of young people with loud music and flashing lights.20d Insult a typeface found across France (7)
AFFRONT A (from the clue) and a typeface put across the abbreviation for France.
21d Quietly take offence to handout (7)
PRESENT The letter used in musical instructions to indicate that the notes should be played quietly followed by a verb meaning to take offence to.
23d Blasts male involved in shoot up (6)
TRUMPS The abbreviation for Male involved in a reversal (up) of a verb meaning to shoot up in a sudden stream.25d Attempt to keep goal in (6)
TRENDY A goal inserted into an attempt.28d Stone supported by two axes (4)
ONYX A preposition meaning in a state of being supported by and two axes used in geometry etc for reference purposes.
I’ve got another of Vigo’s puzzles waiting in my email inbox, I must remember to look out for a theme, ghost or otherwise.