NTSPP – 339
Don’t Panic by Crucifer
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I met Crucifer at the recent S&B meeting in London and he offered to send me this puzzle. It does have a ghost theme – one that is not necessary in order to solve the puzzle but can add pleasure.
A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome to Crucifer with a crossword themed around the Hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy. This was a challenge in places and I am not still entirely sure about the definition to 20D. It was certainly good fun to solve. More please.
1 Stars in salmon pink outside (6)
GALAXY – A three letter word for salmon (of Nordic origin) surrounded by (outside) a word meaning pink as in the pink pound. One of the words in the title of book by Douglas Adams that gives us the mini theme. The Salmon of Doubt was another book by the same author.
5 Oval shaped bath containing, say, a boar’s head (3,5)
THE GABBA – An anagram (shaped) of BATH includes (containing) the abbreviation for say, the A from the clue and the first letter (head) of boar.
9 Chain letters for Spooner arriving at his place of work (3,7)
NEW COLLEGE – A Spoonerism of QUEUE (chain) KNOWLEDGE (letters – as in a man of letters).
10 Trace notes (4)
MITE – Two notes of the musical scale.
11 Label firmly established, presumably, in BC period? (8)
SEMITONE – The name of an old record label inside word suggested by established (set in stone).
12 Mum’s outside in an instant (6)
MINUTE – A four letter word meaning mum or silent outside the IN from the clue.
13 Those providing cursory direction? (4)
MICE – A cryptic definition of the computer peripherals used to direct the cursor on the screen. Another reference to our mini theme.
15 14 and 28 getting together for the answer? (5,3)
FORTY TWO – What does 14 + 28 equal? The answer to life, the universe and everything in the books by Douglas Adams that give us the mini-theme.
18 Strange secretion flowing without end (8)
ESOTERIC – An anagram (flowing) of SECRETION wIthout the final letter (without end).
19 Maiden followed by key single, perhaps (4)
MALT – The abbreviation for maiden followed by one of the keys on a computer keyboard (unless to Big Dave’s ire you are a Mac user!)
21 Utterly evil warrior (6)
KNIGHT – A homophone (utterly) of a word that figuratively means evil from its sense of dark.
23 Luxury car seemed improper outside church (8)
MERCEDES – An anagram (improper) of SEEMED outside (again!) the abbreviation for the Church of England.
25 Study conclusion of Great Depression (4)
DENT – A three letter word meaning a study followed by the last letter (conclusion of) great. The surname of the main character in the books by Dougal Adams that give us the mini theme.
26 One giving thumbs-up to 20 25, perhaps (5-5)
HITCH-HIKER – A reference to the status of the person whose name is given by 20 25 in the books by Douglas Adams that form a mini theme in this crossword.
27 Consignment of French dressing (8)
DESPATCH – The French plural form of “of” followed by another word for a dressing (in a medical sense).
28 Mix bait to be added to trap (6)
RAGBAG – A three letter word meaning bait or tease followed by a word meaning to trap something.
2 She made tracks for 19, 21 and 25 (5)
ADELE – The name of the singer who produced albums called 19, 21 and 25.
3 Mastermind contestant on vacation after upset in dodgy race (9)
ARCHITECT – A three letter word meaning upset (as in he was *** badly by the news) inside an anagram (dodgy) of RACE followed by (after) the outer letters (on vacation) of contestant.
4 Canary or chicken? (6)
YELLOW – A double definition of a colour and cowardice.
5 Union with 100 percent strike record? (3,7,5)
THE PERFECT MATCH – A cryptic definition of an ideal union and something you could unfailingly strike to light.
6 Always revere criminal concealing working method (8)
EVERMORE – An anagram (criminal) of REVERE around (concealing) the abbreviation for modus operandi (working method).
7 Those responsible for promoting oddly deficient Saudi soldiers (5)
ADMEN – The even letters (oddly deficient) of Saudi followed by another word for soldiers.
8 It’s one absorbing Doctor Who battle (4,5)
BATH TOWEL – An anagram (doctor) of WHO BATTLE. Carried by Ford Prefect and 20 25 in the books that give us the mini theme.
14 Perfidious batting, following on (9)
INSINCERE – A two letter word meaning batting followed by a word meaning following a two letter word meaning on or about.
16 Lamenting addition of fruit to three quarters of cake (9)
YAMMERING – A three letter word for a fruit (though perhaps a root tuber might be a better description) followed by three quarters of a word for a type of confection made from egg-whites which can be described as a cake.
17 Note time taken by Hook’s craft (8)
CROTCHET – The abbreviation for time inside the name of the craft that is practiced using a hook and yarn.
20 Not Martha‘s regular Thursday clothes (6)
ARTHUR – The answer is hidden in (clothes) REGULAR THURSDAY.
22 Clobber openers in Galle – England team under pressure (3-2)
GET UP – THE first letters (openers in) the fourth to eighth words of the clue.
24 Drug certainly taken up (5)
ENEMA – The abbreviation for ecstasy followed by a word meaning certainly or I agree used in prayers reversed (taken up). French doctors would approve!
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