NTSPP – 346
A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
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Hieroglyph does love his lists – in this case a whole lot of 1Ds, interspersed with a lot of abbreviations that aren’t used particularly often and so have to be checked in the BRB. To match the theme of the crossword, he’s also been really clever and written all the clues in the form of rhyming couplets.
As all the Across clues are 1D’s, I’m not going to underline their definitions!
5a 1D’s turn: clear air – the latter’s concise (6)
GOETHE A ‘turn’ and some clear air, the word ‘concise’ indicating that you don’t need all of the ‘air’
6a 1D’s awfully nice, covered in spice (8)
MACNEICE An anagram (awfully) of NICE covered in a type of spice obtained from nutmeg.
9a 1D’s thunder god with Frenchman’s water (7)
THOREAU The Norse god of thunder followed by the French word for water
10a 1D and author’s way out for daughter (5)
AUDEN Remove the abbreviation for street (way out) from an English female author and replace with a D for Daughter.
11a 1D’s last book about passage’s sound (8)
VERLAINE A reversal (about) of the abbreviation for the last book of the Bible followed by a homophone (sound) of a narrow passage
13a 1D’s finally missed, fooling around (6)
LARKIN A verb meaning fooling around with its last letter missing (finally missed)14a 1D’s country person: slip in between (7)
HERRICK A verb meaning to make a slip goes in the middle of (between) a person from the country
16a 1D’s choir advanced – say, you see the Queen! (7)
CHAUCER The abbreviations for choir and advanced, the letters that sound like you and see when you say them out loud, and the regnal cipher of our current Queen
19a 1D’s not drawing blood, end’s befuddled (6)
DRYDEN The BRB does have, as one of the definitions of the first word you need here, ‘not drawing blood’ and this should be followed by an anagram (befuddled) of END
21a 1D’s tense during stories when muddled (8)
ROSSETTI An anagram (when muddled) of STORIES and the abbreviation for tense
23a 1D’s cook eating starter of liver (5)
BLAKE A verb meaning to cook (in an oven) eating the ‘starter’ of Liver
24a 1D’s to hang in South Eastern river (7)
SPENDER A verb meaning to hang as in a balance inserted between the abbreviations for South Eastern and River
27a 1D’s standard includes popular date (6)
PINDAR A norm or standard includes an adverb meaning popular and the abbreviation for Date
1d One who writes lines lifted lid around Spain (4)
POET A reversal (lifted in a Down clue) of a lid goes around the IVR Code for Spain
2d Vagrant‘s sermon describes an online pain (8)
STROLLER The abbreviation for sermon describes or goes round someone who makes a conscious attempt to provoke controversy or disagreement on the internet (an online pain)
3d Chap from Aden irked enemy setter (6)
YEMENI An anagram (irked) of ENEMY followed by the way our setter would refer to himself
4d Some women deride one who makes better (6)
MENDER Found in some of woMEN DERide
6d Injured by clawing, a mule wound up dead (6)
MAULED An anagram (wound up) of A MULE followed by the abbreviation for Dead
7d Cold college meal before hot Jewish bread (7)
CHALLAH The abbreviation for Cold, the dinner taken in a college dining room, the abbreviation for the Latin word for before and the abbreviation for Hot. One of those clues where the BRB is definitely your friend.
8d Self-assured Tory, if going round pit (9)
CONFIDENT The abbreviated way of referring to a member of the Tory party, a reversal (going round) of IF (from the clue) and a hollow or pit
12d Detestable boss, at heart roaring fit (9)
EXECRABLE An abbreviation for a boss, the ‘heart’ of roaRing, and a synonym for fit
15d Swimmers trick Germans, abandoning piece (7)
CONGERS A verb meaning to trick and GER
MANS without (abandoning) a piece used in a game of chess
17d Constant relaxing after book’s release (8)
UNENDING Remove (release) the abbreviation for Book from a noun meaning a relaxing.
18d Golden boy harbouring number one prayer (6)
ORISON The heraldic term for gold, a boy child, the latter ‘harbouring’ the letter that looks like a number one.
20d Sewers‘ thread finally drops from the air (6)
DRAINS The final letter of thread followed by some drops from the air
22d Accommodates the French record on board (6)
SLEEPS On board usually indicates that we have to insert something inside the abbreviation for a steam ship; here we need the French definite article and an extended-play record
25d Lecture on money where baron’s ignored (4)
READ Remove the abbreviation for Baron from a slang term for money