NTSPP – 332
A Puzzle by Beet
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Of the rising stars coming through the ranks of the Rookie Corner into the NTSPP, Beet stands out as one of the new setters destined to for greater things. This crossword would not have been out of place in a national paper with inventive cluing, smooth surfaces and humour. Bravo Beet.
1 Fishfinger perhaps, used to dress up meat and two veg (8)
CODPIECE – Split 3,4 this item of male clothing that covers the crown jewels may be a description of a fish finger.
5 Amyl nitrite for love drug – it spices things up (6)
PEPPER – Amyl nitrate is a popper. Replace (for) the O (love) with the abbreviation for ecstasy (drug)
9 Ends of Gertrude and several others in or close to here (8)
ELSINORE – The final letters (ends) of Gertude, several and others followed by the IN OR from the clue and the final letter (close to) of here. [Gertrude was Hamlet’s mother and, with several others, was buried near this place. BD]
10 Emergency case for counter-terrorist organisation (6)
CRISIS – The outer letters (case for) of counter followed by the name of a Middle East terrorist organisation.
12 Have a stab and parse any which way (5)
SPEAR – An anagram (any which way) of PARSE.
13 Greene King, say, is solvent after restructuring (9)
NOVELISTS – An anagram (after restructuring) of IS SOLVENT for those of whom Graham Greene and Stephen King are examples (say).
14 Get lost in Transit? Sort of… (6)
VANISH – Split 3-3, this might be a description of something like a vehicle of which transit is an example.
16 What’s the point of church? (7)
STEEPLE – A mild cryptic definition of part of the architecture of a church.
19 Empty caviar out on little piece of toast (7)
CROUTON – The outer letters (empty) of caviar followed by the OUT ON from the clue.
21 Here‘s how to beat boxing opponent (6)
HITHER – Split 3,3 this would be a description of how to beat a female boxing opponent.
23 Literally and symbolically (9)
AMPERSAND – The punctuation symbol used to represent “and”.
25 Hulk-like ogre beheaded by opponents (5)
GREEN – Remove the first letter (beheaded) from ogre and follow it by bridge opponents.
26 Stranger is happier with central heating switched off (6)
EERIER – Remove the abbreviation for central heating from a word meaning happier.
27 Biblical character prompts Reverend Spooner to pose existential question (4,4)
LOT’S WIFE– A Spoonerism of “what’s life”.
28 Want to put right in the end (6)
DEARTH – Put the abbreviation for right inside a word meaning the end of life.
29 Way Kray Twins go toe-to-toe is comparatively tough (8)
STRONGER – The abbreviation for a street (way) followed by the shortened form of Ronald (one of the Cray twins) and a reversal (going toe-to-toe) of the shortened form of Reginald (the other Cray twin).
1 It’s said to raise a smile (6)
CHEESE – A mild cryptic definition of the word the photographer asks you say to smile.
2 Marshal ropes dead bandit (9)
DESPERADO – An anagram (marshal) of ROPES DEAD.
3 Victor wants whiskey in secret (5)
INNER – Remove the W (whiskey in the Nato phonetic alphabet) from a word meaning victor.
4 My hint is not usual ancient city (7)
CORINTH – A three letter word meaning my goodness followed by an anagram (is not usual) of HINT.
6 Weird loner joins police force accepting new admission (9)
ENROLMENT – An anagram (weird) of LONER followed by the abbreviation for the Metropolitan Police around (accepting) the abbreviation for new.
7 Positions oneself in the middle of hippo’s escape (5)
POSES – The answer is hidden (in the middle of) in HIPPOS ESCAPE.
8 Did not yield to perverted desires – about time (8)
RESISTED – An anagram (perverted) of DESIRES around the abbreviation for time.
11 Days before perseverance yields up answer (4)
EVES – The answer is hidden and reversed (yields up) PERSEVERENCE.
15 In short, state what crossword answers do… (9)
INTERSECT – The in from the clue followed by a word meaning short and the abbreviation for Connecticut (state).
17 …before quietly fading away (9)
PRECEDING – The musical abbreviation for quietly followed by a word meaning fading away.
18 Cut! Rocky peak is blocking broadcast (5,3)
SCRAG END – Another word for a rocky peak inside (blocking) a word meaning broadcast.
20 Arkwright and nephew primarily leading characters in “Open All Hours” (4)
NOAH – The first letter (primarily) of nephew followed by the first letters (leading characters) in Open All Hours.
21 Topless video concealed in shed in secret location (7)
HIDEOUT – Remove the first letter (topless) from video and put the remaining letters inside (concealed in) a word for a shed.
22 Bottom to gain attention and inspire amorous feelings (6)
ENDEAR – A three letter word meaning bottom followed by a word meaning attention
24 Cold? Take yoga top off and put on a jacket (5)
PARKA – Remove the Y (take yoga top off) from a word meaning cold and follow the remaining letters with an A.
25 Soldier’s way of operating any unfamiliar technical equipment (5)
GISMO – The abbreviation for American soldiers retaining the S (from ‘s) and the abbreviation for modus operandi (way of operating).