NTSPP – 325
Globetrotters by Maize
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In his review of Maize’s last Rookie Corner puzzle, Prolixic wrote “the time has come to sack Maize as a Rookie and promote him to the NTSPP” – well, he has been duly dismissed and here is his latest offering.
A review of this crossword by Prolixic follows:
A well deserved promotion to Maize to the pages of the NTSPP. The quality of this crossword shows that it was the right time for him to graduate from the Rookie corner. The theme is revealed around the edge of the crossword with “Around the world in eighty days” with many of the clues taking up the globetrotting theme.
7 Superior place to live built up every second in central Godthab (6)
DULUTH – … a city on Lake Superior – Ever second letter in “built up” goes inside the central three letters of Godthab.
8 Originally termed Islas Malvinas, this country’s in wild but remote location (8)
TIMBUKTU – The initial letters (originally) of termed Islas Malvinas followed by the abbreviation for United Kingdom (this country) inside an anagram (wild) of but.
9 Give peace a chance, she said, with Syrian city and port (8)
YOKOHAMA – The name of John’s Lennon’s wife who recorded a version of the song “Give Peace a Chance” followed by the name of a Syrian City.
10 Capital city of the French leaves Dublin so excited (6)
LISBON – Remove the French for “of the” from DUBLINSO and make an anagram (excited) of the remaining letters.
11 Move a mountain in South Africa (5)
TABLE – A double definition, the first being to move a motion in a debate.
12 Asian capital’s inquiry into priest’s sinfulness (9)
ISLAMABAD – Split 2,4,3, this could be a question about the behaviour of a Buddhist priest.
13 Cleans up inside houses (7)
HOOVERS – Another word meaning up (in the sense of time’s up or finished) inside the plural of an abbreviation for houses. The whole clue is a definition of the answer
16/5 Revolutionary stirs Austria’s imperial power (7,6)
TSARIST RUSSIA – An anagram (revolutionary) of STIRS AUSTRIAS).
18 Rocky gorge in front of Alps – hey, oddly it’s topical here! (9)
GEOGRAPHY – … the theme or topic of this crossword. An anagram (rocky) of GORGE in front of the odd letters of alps hey.
21 Long stretch of river between Eastern Europe and Switzerland (5)
EPOCH – Put a two letter name of a river (beloved on Gnomethang) inside the last letter (eastern) of Europe and the IVR code for Switzerland.
24 At home, bolt back entrance (6)
INFLOW – A two letter word meaning at home followed by a reversal (back) of word meaning to bolt or eat quickly.
25 To start with Paul Cezanne designed a backdrop for Gilbert & Sullivan (8)
PENZANCE – The first letter (to start with) of Paul followed by an anagram (designed) of CEZANNE.
26 Sprout and lentil starters separately consumed in restaurant might give you wind (8)
EASTERLY – Put the initial letter (starters) inside (but not consecutively – separately) a word for a restaurant.
27 Hide that’s covered in tallow? No thanks! (3,3)
LIE LOW – The abbreviation for that is (that’s) inside the word tallow after removing a two letter word meaning thanks (no thanks).
1 Light shower moving north through Qatar or U.A.E. (6)
AURORA – The answer is hidden an reversed (moving north through) QUATAR OR UAE.
2 Old Balkan bloke erected mapmakers’ toilet (8)
YUGOSLAV – Reverse (erected) a generic term for a man or bloke and follow this with the abbreviation for this country’s mapmakers and a three letter abbreviation for a toilet.
3 Outspoken Muslim gets cut off (5)
SHEAR – An alleged homophone (outspoken) of Shia (Muslim).
4 Alloys of aluminium in magnesium and americium in arsenic (8)
AMALGAMS – Put the chemical symbol for aluminium inside the chemical symbol for magnesium and add the chemical symbol for Americium. Put all of the letter inside the chemical symbol for Arsenic.
5 See 16 Across
6 Turks once raised saying ‘An end to Cyprus!’ (8)
OTTOMANS – Reverse (raised) another word for a pithy saying and follow this by the AN from the clue and the last letter (end to) of Cyprus.
8 Some Asians put one of these outside Afghanistan’s capital (5)
THAIS – The singular (one of) of these around (outside) the first letter (capital) of Afghanistan.
12 Greek island where Mike goes for sun in Douglas’s home (3)
IOS – The abbreviation for the island where Douglas is a town with the M (mike) being replaced by the abbreviation for sun.
14 When confused, can I start to ask one of the Kiwis, perhaps? (8)
OCEANIAN – An anagram (when confused) of CAN I A ONE, the A being the first letter (start to) of ask.
15 Cartoonist grabbing artist’s upturned behind (8)
REARWARD – Another word for a cartoonist include (grabbing) the abbreviation for an artist with all the letters then being reversed (upturned).
16 Firth’s progressive appearances in Tinker Tailor Spy (3)
TAY – The first, second and third letters (progressive appearances) in the words Tinker, Tailor, Spy.
17 Gun seller and consumer (8)
REPEATER – A three letter word for a seller followed by a word for a consumer.
19 Middle-aged half-Italians served up their ice creams (6)
GELATI – The middle letters of aged followed by half of the letters in Italians reversed (served up).
20 Some chap – pygmy? (5)
HAPPY – The answer is hidden in (some) chap pygmy. The answer is defined by the whole – think Snow White.
22 Unbalanced report of New Zealand explorer’s military takeover (6)
CUCKOO – A homophone (report of) COOK (New Zealand explorer) COUP (military takeover).
23 Grassy place to carry out assassination? No, not I (5)
KNOLL – A word meaning to carry out assassination with the I replaced by the NO from the clue.