NTSPP – 322
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
Not entirely sure why I wasn’t sent this particular Radler puzzle to test solve, but it meant that it was as new to me as the rest of the Saturday afternoon solvers . If I had seen it before, there’s one particular thing about quite a few clues that I’d definitely have pointed out to him, as well as a number of other ‘quibbles’ .. I’d definitely also have pointed out to him that if 1a is to be included in the theme, it does need SHIRE at the end of it.
An enjoyable time was had on the whole, especially as even I could see the hidden theme!!
I drafted this review yesterday afternoon before going to my boss’s birthday barbecue (thermals, macs and gloves were essential wear but it was a good do) and looking at the comments this morning I see that others have mentioned the same ‘quibbles’ as me.
1a Brag about second half at Manchester City (9)
WORCESTER A reversal (about) of another way of saying brag followed by the second half of ManchESTER
6a Quote to supply bread, brown or white? (5)
SAUCE A homophone (quote) of a verb meaning supply gives us three types of today’s hidden theme. The picture clearly shows the correct name for this particular 6a!
9a Wonderbra model covers butt (3)
RAM Covers indicates that a verb meaning to butt is hidden in WonderbRA Model.
10a Plant drug quietly after broadcaster’s tip-off (11)
HORSERADISH A slang term for heroin (drug) and almost all (tip off) of a sound broadcaster go before an interjection meaning hush (quietly)
11a Head of Scotland Yard detains killer in small room (8)
SCULLERY Someone who kills animals when they are inferior or superfluous is detained between the ‘head’ or first letter of Scotland and the abbreviation for Yard
13a Set deposit rate nearly double in recession (6)
TARTAR The first three letters (nearly) of RATe, used twice and reversed. I am not sure that we need ‘set’ ?
15a Make money spanking (4)
MINT To literally make money or brand new (spanking)
16a Not the best spot to play with labium! (10)
SUBOPTIMAL An anagram (to play with) of SPOT and LABIUM
20a Barge in to nab criminal concealing weapon (6,4)
NARROW BOAT There are devotees of the solution who’d tell you that it isn’t the same thing as a barge but I’m not going to start a debate here – An anagram (criminal) of TO NAB concealing a weapon shot from a bow.
21a Regularly took milk drink at first (4)
USED A verb meaning to exploit (milk) and the first letter of Drink.
23a Look good for women on walk (6)
GANDER Take a verb meaning to walk with no fixed course or in a roundabout way and replace the abbreviation for Women with the abbreviation for Good
25a Lacking vitality, subject in a spot of trouble (2-2,4)
NO-GO AREA An informal way of saying lacking vitality followed by a subject.
28a Shackle to post allegedly on love survey (7,4)
OPINION POLL A verb meaning to confine by holding (shackle) and a homophone (allegedly)of a post go on or after the letter that represents love in a tennis score.
30a Hit music (3)
BOP A slang term for a blow (hit) or an originally 1950s dance with or to pop music – so more ‘dance’ than ‘music’ ?
31a Forward, head off face forward (3,2)
END ON Remove the first letter (head off) an expression you might use when forwarding, eg, a letter to someone.
32a Italian models enlarge boobs without changing bra (9)
BOLOGNESE An anagram (models) of ENL
ARGE BOOBS without – ie once you have removed the letters BRA – changing indicating that they aren’t in that order.
1d Cultivates plant (5)
WORKS Double definition – the plant being a factory rather than something found in a garden.
2d Shoot suspect before he takes contraband (3-6)
RUM-RUNNER A verb meaning suspect or strange goes before a shoot often found, for example, on a strawberry plant.
3d Healthy no longer? That’s a blow! (6)
EXHALE Split a verb meaning to breathe out (blow) 2, 4 and the first part of the clue will make sense.
4d Rock and Roll nonsense (3)
TOR A rocky outcrop is a reversal (roll) of a word meaning nonsense.
5d Rock and Roll music (4)
REEL Triple definitions – firstly to sway (rock) , secondly to turn or wind (roll) and thirdly music for a Scottish dance.
6d They stop navy person meeting soldiers (8)
SEALANTS US navy person (a member of the Sea, Air and Land Teams) followed by some of Crosswordland’s favourite soldiering insects.
7a Auntie going East, converted Church member there? (5)
UNIAT I’d never heard of this member of a community of Christians but the wordplay/checking letters are kind/helpful and this would make a good addition to Big Dave’s new Dictonary of Obscure Words– The E at the end of AUNTIE is ‘going’ and then you need an anagram (converted) of the remaining letters. The last time I saw ‘going East’ in a clue, it was because the setter had confused the direction in which the reversal was supposed to go! Not sure it works as a deletion indicator.
8d Put out there to air (5)
ETHER An anagram (put out) of THERE
12d Have as much hamburger as required, then make steps (6)
RHUMBA An anagram (make) of the first six letters (as much … as required) of HAMBURger
14d Male… until eating a cherry perhaps (6)
TOMATO – A male cat and a preposition meaning until ‘eating’ A (from the clue)
15d Mum n Dad? (3)
MAN An informal way of referring to your mum plus the N from the clue.
17d Nigel bares immense ___! Standing up, trousers down (9)
MISERABLE Hidden (trousers) and reversed (standing up) in nigEL BARES IMmense . Trousers is really the wrong tense to indicate that something has been ‘pocketed’.
18d Mr Little and Miss Short (3)
LAD A young man (Mr Little) is almost all of a four letter miss (or Mrs come to that)
19d Italian withholding papers etc. for a laugh (8)
COMEDIAN The Italian for with ‘holding’ or having inserted a channel through which information is transmitted to the public (papers etc).
22d Bent pin of propeller stopped abruptly by German (3.3)
BOW LEG I think if I’d actually tested this crossword, I’d have certainly mentioned the number of times we are required to remove a letter from a word to get the solution. Here we take almost all of someone who propels a cricket ball and put a G (German) at the end.
23d Layer of sludge and coat of slime (5)
GOOSE A ‘layer’ of eggs – some sludge and the coat or outside letters of SlimE
24d Spirit initially not an issue affecting drinkers (5)
NAIAD This river spirit is obtained from the initial letters of Not An Issue Affecting Drinkers
26d Spot where wood finally pruned to reveal tree (5)
APPLE Prune the last letter of wood from a verb meaning to variegate with spots of colour or shade, and you get a tree, the fruit of which can be used to make one of today’s themed items.
27d Short and flat hairstyles needing makeover (4)
SNUB A word used to describe a short and flat nose is a reversal (needing makeover) of some hair styles.
29d Hoy, cycling in fourth position, required fuel (3)
OIL An interjection used to attract attention (as hoy is used here) and the fourth letter of cycLing