NTSPP – 343
A Puzzle by Maize
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A review of by Prolixic follows.
A-maize-zing. This was a triple treat with added goodness. Creating a grid with all the letters of the alphabet used at least three times is an achievement in its own right. To do so without obscure words and to maintain a high standard of cluing is even more remarkable. Kudos to Maize for a superb crossword.
1 Rock music group’s brief entertaining spot (9)
QUARTZITE – The name given to a group of four musicians has its final letter removed (brief) and includes (entertaining) another word for a spot on the face.
6 Broadcast of Ms. Perkins describing her Japanese cakes (5)
SUSHI – A homophone (broadcast) of SUE (Ms Perkins in the Great British Bake Off) and a pronoun for a female (describing her). Chambers describes the answer as a small cake of vinegar rice topped with fish, vegetables, eggs etc.
9 Hardened nurses beginning to justifiably get upset (7)
INJURED – A word meaning hardened includes (nurses) the first letter (beginning to) of justifiably.
10 Lying by a dozen peers? (7)
PERJURY – A three letter word meaning a (as in each) and another word for a panel of 12 people.
11 Over in America I do Zumba in houses of the stars (6)
ZODIAC – The answer is hidden and reversed (over in) in AMERICA I DO ZUMBA.
12 Productive insect loses tail injecting you (8)
FRUITFUL – Remove the final letter (loses tail) from a small insect of the class drosophila and include (injecting) the texting version of you.
14 Start of ‘chop, chop, chops’ action? (4)
CHEW – The first letter (start of) of chop followed by a three letter word meaning to chop.
15 Burn these stories about the French Messieurs (10)
FLAMMABLES – A word for the types of stories produced by Aesop goes around the French feminine for of “the” and the abbreviation for messieurs.
18 Finding solution of filing query involved leaving computer terminal (10)
LIQUIFYING – An anagram (involved) of FILING QUERY after removing (leaving) the final letter (terminal) of computer.
20 Three behind victor? Grab a pasty! (4)
WAXY – The three letters of the alphabet that follow (behind) V (victor) include (grab) the A from the clue.
23 Romantic Parisian who’s with non-European from distant shores (8)
QUIXOTIC – The French for “who” followed by a word meaning from distant shores with the initial E (non-European).
24 Bliss for all to see: expertly shaped cutting with railway shed (6)
UTOPIA – The film classification meaning all can see it followed by the word for cutting and shaping bushes with the abbreviation for railway removed (shed).
26 Youngster’s wicked to old person – it’s intimidating (7)
AWESOME – A double definition of the word that to the younger generation means wicked or brilliant and to the older generation means intimidating.
27 Tin mine owner‘s field crosses over the hill (7)
POLDARK – A word for a field used for recreation goes around (crosses) a word meaning over the hill or aged.
28 In deep, so my horses must try to win here (5)
EPSOM – The answer is hidden (in) in DEEP SO MY.
29 Found a way to get reclining couch over barrier (9)
NAVIGATED – Reverse (reclining – lying back) a word for a couch and put it around (over) a word for an entrance barrier.
1 Gently wry interpretation of short, quick lazzi (9)
QUIZZICAL – An anagram (interpretation of) QUIC (short quick) LAZZI.
2 Adjective used extremely oddly goes to pronounce sentence (7)
ADJUDGE – The abbreviation for adjective followed by the outer letters (extremely) of used and the odd letters of goes.
3 Hair dressing tip from Talk of the Town (6)
TURBAN – The first letter (tip from) of talk followed by a word meaning of the town.
4 Virtual paper chase involving cars (4)
INDY – Double definition The shortened name of the paper that is now available only on-line and a race or chase involved cars.
5 Test upcoming agent and other ranks separately during leave (10)
EXPERIMENT – A four letter word meaning leave or depart includes both a reversal (upcoming) of a three letter word for an agent or travelling salesman and, separately, a word for soldiers (other ranks).
6 Persistence of mutant virus coming up toilet (8)
SURVIVAL – An anagram (mutant) of VIRUS followed by a reversal (coming up) of a three letter word for a toilet.
7 Moving sound of flatfish when fed (7)
SOULFUL – A homophone (sound) of SOLE (flatfish) FULL (when fed).
8 Picturesque scene discovered in partially dilapidated retreat (5)
IDYLL – The answer is hidden (discovered in) and reversed (retreat) in PARTIALLY DILAPIDATED.
13 After endless applause, Daley finally dove into moving target (4,6)
CLAY PIGEON – A word meaning applause with the final letter removed (endless) followed by the final letter of Daley and a word for a dove.
16 Held up spades’ king, unknown court card and first of eight diamonds (9)
SKYJACKED – The abbreviations for spades and king and an unknown variable followed by the name of one of the court cards in a deck of cards, the first letter of eight and the abbreviation for diamonds.
17 Get mojo working with a half-empty beer bottle (8)
JEROBOAM – An anagram (working) of MOJO A BER (half empty beer).
19 Addicts once dry replaced by five getting shakes (7)
QUIVERS – A word for those who were once addicts or are in the process of giving up has the TT (dry) replaced with the Roman numeral for five.
21 Snake, crippled once it’s put on road (7)
ASPHALT – A three letter word for a snake followed by an old word meaning crippled.
22 Small child cut from limestone deposited in prison (6)
STALAG – Remove the final four letters meaning a small child from a limestone deposit that rises up from the floor to meet one coming down. If ever you have a problem remembering which is which the phrase “tites down mites up” should help you remember.
23 Get nervous as Queen encounters a kerfuffle on vacation (5)
QUAKE – A two letter abbreviation for queen followed by the A from the clue and the outer letters (on vacation) of kerfuffle.
25 Odds: four to one on the black market (4)
SPIV – A two letter abbreviation for betting odds followed by the Roman numerals for four.