NTSPP – 331
Stripey Horse (5) by Chalicea
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This puzzle is dedicated to Hilary and deliberately incorporates as many crosswordese 3 downs as could be fitted into the grid and clues.
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
If you look at comments on 11 and 12 on http://bigdave44.com/2016/02/13/ntspp-314/ then you’ll see exactly why this week’s NTSPP is dedicated to Hilary. Reading the comments, it would appear that Hilary was delighted in more ways than one with ‘her’ crossword, although I have to say from the reviewing point of view, I did wonder whether to just explain the three clues that weren’t ‘old friends’ and required a visit to the good old Big Red Book to confirm that my thoughts were correct. Looking at the comments as I prepare to add the review, I see that I wasn’t alone!
6a Couple of girls; one on each knee (7)
PATELLA The famous ‘Rufus’ clue – just put two girls’ names one after the other.
7a English flower festival (6)
EASTER The abbreviation for English followed by a flower.
10a Madagascan animal disturbed centre (6)
TENREC An anagram (disturbed) of CENTRE. The BRB describes this animal as an insectivore similar to the hedgehog.
11a Former partner with abundant special things to be imitated (8)
EXAMPLES A former partner (2), another word for abundant, and the abbreviation for Special
12a Vermin return to play principal role (4)
STAR A reversal (return) of some vermin.
13a Weird lake, we hear (5)
EERIE A homophone (we hear) of a North American lake.
14a Marsh grass turned over for ruminant mammal (4)
DEER A reversal (turned over) of some marsh grass.
15a Brief spell of activity; unwanted e-mail involving slush principally (5)
SPASM Insert the first letter of Slush (involving Slush principally) into some unwanted e-mail.
17a Sound of hesitation about the number (5)
ETHER Put a ‘sound of hesitation’ outside THE (from the clue).
22a Steep-sided flat-topped hill‘s peculiar seam (4)
MESA The first part of this clue exactly fits the BRB definition – you need an anagram (peculiar) of SEAM
24a Garlic condiment in ravioli (no need for revised version) (5)
AIOLI Simply remove (no need for) the RV (revised version) from
26a Alas tit consumed wine (4)
ASTI Crosswordland’s favourite sparkling wine is consumed by alAS TIt
27a Day of Wrath passes away, occasionally improbable (4,4)
DIES IRAE The day of wrath or judgement, using in a Latin hymn for the dead. A verb meaning passes away and the occasional letters of ImpRobAblE
28a Tender foot regularly felt bad (6)
PESETA Spanish legal tender before the Euro took over. A more helpful definition would, I suppose, have spoiled the surface reading. A word for the human foot followed by the regular letters of fElT bAd
29a Refuse to acknowledge princess’s thing peculiar to her (6)
DISOWN The informal way we refer to the late Princess of Wales, plus an S (princess’S) and a possessive pronoun meaning belonging to oneself (peculiar to her)
30a Let bank, by arrangement, cover (7)
BLANKET An anagram (by arrangement) of LET BANK.
1d Wildly entraps father and mother (7)
PARENTS An anagram (wildly) of ENTRAPS
2d Proper ad organised for pungently sweet boiled sweet (4,4)
PEAR DROP An anagram (organized) of PROPER AD gives one of the few edible items that Mr CS and I share a passionate dislike for.
3d Principally crossword language in clues hopefully easy, filled with stereotypes (6)
CLICHÉ the principal letters of Crossword Language In Clues Hopefully Easy
4d Sexually potent fellow inherently sanctimonious, dull in understanding (6)
STUPID Insert the two-letter word meaning sanctimonious (you know, the one people always say ‘I didn’t know xx meant that’ when it appears in the back page crossword) into a sexually potent fellow.
5d Liberate honey maker, one given away for nothing (7)
FREEBEE Another way of saying free followed by the honey making insect gives us an alternative spelling for something given away for nothing.
8d Poetic foot peasant sorted out (7)
ANAPEST An anagram (sorted out) of PEASANT
9d Could be crossing black and white animal (5)
ZEBRA The animal who gives its name to a type of pedestrian crossing.
16d Little bird in dispute and squabble (7)
SPARROW A dispute followed by a squabble
18d Coral snake in heart of Niger gliding away (8)
ELAPSING One of those ‘look up the first four letters to see if it actually is…’ clues. A coral snake, IN (from the clue) and the ‘heart’ of NiGer.
19d Stretches of time dubious parodies not accepted (7)
PERIODS An anagram (dubious) of P
ARODIES without the A (not Accepted)
20d Lover from Italy’s capital (old) (5)
ROMEO The capital of Italy followed by the abbreviation for Old.
21d Stammering bumble of street-speak (7)
STUTTER The abbreviation for street and a verb meaning to speak.
23d Estimate the value of female donkey maybe? (6)
ASSESS If a male donkey is an xxx then a female donkey must be an …..
25d African antelope, mischievous creature, a leaping animal primarily (6)
IMPALA A mischievous creature, A (from the clue) and Leaping Animal ‘primarily’