Monthly Prize Puzzle – 052
A Puzzle by Prolixic
Once solved, this crossword revealed a Nina around the perimeter, the instructions contained within to be used to find out what the Gloriana did (Conman seeing what the Gloriana did). and then submit an entry to this month’s competition. If you didn’t manage to spot the Nina, all is revealed at the bottom of this review.
This month’s lucky winner is Rabbit Dave, who wins his choice of a Hamlyn Telegraph Puzzle Book
8a Slovenly woman meets European author (8)
TROLLOPE – TROLLOP (slovenly woman) meets E (European)
9a Old lady’s first son returned with fruitcake! (6)
MANIAC – MA (an informal way of referring to your mother (old lady)) followed by a reversal (returned) of CAIN, the first ‘son’ to be born in the Bible.
10a Lethal ideas harboured by salt perhaps – quite the reverse (6)
HALIDE – As the clue indicates, the salt, a compound of a halogen with a metal or radical is harboured by, found lurking in, lethal IDEas
11a Valet cavorting with every other curate and judge (8)
EVALUATE – an anagram (cavorting) of VALET and every other letter of cUrAtE
12a Eleven maybe reflected about note on publications (8)
EDITIONS – a reversal (reflected) of SIDE (eleven maybe, the number of people in a cricket or football team), goes ‘about’ TI (musical note) and ON (about)
14a Allah’s interpreter in a hotel on Scottish 20 (6)
MULLAH – A Muslim who advises and expounds on Islamic theology and law – A (from the clue) and H (hotel) go after a Scottish 20a.
18a Ass embraced by this French totty! (7)
CRUMPET – RUMP (ass, bottom) is embraced by CET (this in French)
20a Nassau perhaps has a lake with beach around (6)
ISLAND – I (a, one) plus SAND (beach) into which is inserted L, the abbreviation for lake.
25a Gets up to eat oddly spoilt food (8)
RISSOLES – RISES (gets up) eats the odd letters of SpOiLt
26a Rex tucked into rib of 20 (6)
BORNEO – R (rex) is ‘tucked into’ BONE (rib) and followed by O (which the BRB describes as a shortened form of of)
27a Against leaving Steven Spielberg’s draft screenplay (6)
SCRIPT – CON (against) leaving what we’d call
CONSCRIPT but the Americans (Steven Spielberg included) would call draft.
28a Missives from Eastern Saint used in masses (8)
EPISTLES – E (Eastern) followed by PILES (masses) into which is inserted ST, the abbreviation for saint.
1d On with King and Queen’s mission (6)
ERRAND – ER (Edward Rex, king) R (Regina, queen) and AND (from the clue)
2d Form of orbit is dubious (8)
ELLIPTIC – Relating to an oval form of orbit; obscure or dubious.
3d Twosome (unmarried) frolicking in part of Johannesburg (6)
SOWETO – Remove the M (unMarried) from an anagram (frolicking) of TWOSO
5d Employee of funeral home encases setter in carved marble (8)
EMBALMER – ME (the setter) ‘encased’ in an anagram (carved) of MARBLE
6d Farmers’ group supports university reference library with display (6)
UNFURL – U (university) supported by (in a Down clue) NFU (National Farmers Union) and the abbreviation for Reference Library.
7d Initial follower vaguely laments accepting answer! (4,4)
LAST NAME – An anagram (vaguely) of LAMENTS accepting A (answer)
13d Resurrection of Jesus resulting in denials (3)
NOS – A reversal of SON (because Jesus was the Son of God)
14d New veneer is not so asymmetrical (6)
EVENER – An anagram (new) of VENEER
16d Shadowy lady deserts faculty (8)
INSTINCT – DI (lady) deserts IN
17d Target tablet for nerve structure (3-5)
END-PLATE – the discoid expansions of a motor nerve where its branches terminate on a muscle fibre can be obtained by putting together END (target) and PLATE (tablet)
18d Cut tail off bird for tea (3)
CHA – Simply remove the ‘tail’ or end letter of a CHA
19d Official’s staff charge for waste (8)
MACERATE – MACE (a staff carried by an official) and RATE (charge)
23d Move to give way (6)
SUBMIT – a double definition clue
To reveal the Nina, simply
Many thanks once again to Prolixic, Big Dave and Mrs Big Dave too