NTSPP – 328
A Puzzle by Windsurfer
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This puzzle was distributed at the S&B meeting in Derby on 21st May 2016.
A review by Prolixic follows:
Our thanks to Windsurfer for the special puzzle for the Sloggers and Betters meeting in Derby. Eight of the clues shown below as (**) are thematically linked to the location of the meeting.
1 Disbelief as Conservative adopts sly vagrant (6,5)
LIKELY STORY – A four letter word meaning as and another word for Conservative include (adopts) an anagram (vagrant) of SLY.
**7 Opera maybe that’s lacking a beginning (3)
HAT – Remove the first letter (lacking a beginning) from the third word of the clue.
9 Very pleasant, mostly audible (5)
SONIC – A two letter word meaning very followed by a word meaning pleasant with the last letter removed (mostly).
10 Eastern man seeks rogue to come together (4,5)
MAKE SENSE – An anagram (rogue) of E (eastern) MAN SEEKS.
11 One evening out? (9)
EQUALISER – A cryptic definition of something that would make the score in a football match level.
**12 Somewhat fair is how to describe setter (5)
IRISH – The answer is hidden (somewhat) in FAIR IS HOW.
13 Skipton’s unusual small wells (7)
INKPOTS – An anagram (unusual) of SKIPTON.
**15 Peer review of discovered beautiful Raeburn (4)
EARL – The answer is hidden (discovered) and reversed (review) in BEAUTIFUL RAEBURN.
18 Elite where power is replaced by king’s boot! (4)
KICK – A word meaning elite has the initial P (for power) replaced by a K (for king).
20 Dug private dance (7)
HOEDOWN – A five letter word meaning dug (as a gardening expression) followed by a three letter word meaning private.
**23 Top belt (5)
CROWN – A double definition, the first being a type of headwear and the second being another way of saying to hit.
24 Naughty peer met at stable (9)
TEMPERATE – An anagram (naughty) of PEER MET AT.
26 Eagerly want a little glass of whisky (4,1,4)
LIKE A SHOT – Another word for want followed by the A from the clue and another word for a little glass of whiskey.
27 Starting to suffuse pepper into curried eggs (5)
SPICE – The initial letters (starting to) of the final five words of the clue.
**28 Time that’s before break (3)
DAY – A period of time that can be used before break to indicate when the sun comes up.
29 Plays with extreme spin? (11)
EXPERIMENTS – An anagram (plays with) of EXTREME SPIN.
1 What GCHQ might do to Leninist potentially (6,2)
LISTEN IN – An anagram (potentially) of LENINIST.
**2 State county’s horrible when lacking leadership (8)
KENTUCKY – A county in the south east of England followed by a word meaning horrible without the first letter (lacking leadership).
**3 Abbreviated mirth around about neighbourhood (5)
LOCAL – Text speak for laugh out loud around an abbreviation for about.
4 South African model, possibly actress, primarily packing filled cases (7)
SAMOSAS – The abbreviation for South African followed by the surname of the model Kate includes (packing) the first letter (primarily) of actress.
5 Teak or ebony at first sculpted to produce wooden structure (3,4)
OAK TREE – An anagram of TEAK OR E (ebony at first).
6 Enthusiastic agreement you understand enthrals gentleman, right (3,6)
YES SIRREE – The old English word for you followed by a word meaning to understand around (enthrals) another way of saying gentleman and the abbreviation for right.
7 Nautical ring that is one for catching drips (6)
HANKIE – A sailors term for a loop of rope followed by the abbreviation for ‘that is’.
8 Note he keeps Alsatian and may acquire another canine (6)
TEETHE – A two letter word for a musical note followed by the HE from the clue around (keeps) the way someone from Alsace (Alsatian) would say ‘and’.
14 New trainee to adapt (9)
ORIENTATE – An anagram (new) of TRAINEE TO.
16 Offering to complete race (8)
DONATION – A two letter word meaning to complete followed by another word for a race of people.
17 Where girl is located among teenagers’ units (8)
INTEGERS – How you would describe the appearance of ENA (girl) in TEENAGERS.
19 It’s saucy drawing not at the beginning completed (7)
KETCHUP – Remove the first letter (not at the beginning) from a word for a drawing and follow it by a two letter word meaning completed.
20 Pet from North London area abandoning broken pad, happier at last (7)
HAMSTER – Remove the letters in PAD from an area of North London. The letters are not in the same order when removed so the broken is an anagram indicator to show this.
21 California slider outside – took coat off (6)
SCALED – Another word for a toboggan (slider) around the two letter abbreviation for California.
**22 Dunce is academic and important (6)
DONKEY – A three letter word for an academic and a three letter word for important.
**25 Course record several reduced (5)
EPSOM – A two letter word for a record followed by a word meaning several with the final letter removed (reduced).