NTSPP – 350
A Puzzle by Maize
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Another triple-pangram feast from Maize. This has been a busy weekend so a shorter review today but this is no slight on another superb crossword.
1 River Dart about to go around middle-sized restaurant (8)
PIZZERIA – The name of a major Yorkshire river (four letters) and a three letter word meaning to dart all reversed (about) around the middle letter of sized.
5 ‘Silence in court’ game (6)
SQUASH – Double definition of a word meaning to silence and a racquet game.
10 Writer going west joined holidaymaker there (5)
EMMET – Reversed (going west) a two letter word for the writer followed by a word meaning joined. The answer is a word for a holiday maker in the West Country.
11 Outlaws ransacked British Post Office (9)
PROHIBITS – An anagram (ransacked) of BRITISH PO (Post Office).
12 Former president’s wife, almost afraid to be rejected for copying him? (9)
IMITATIVE – The name of Juan Peron’s wife and a word meaning afraid with the final letter removed (almost) all reversed (to be rejected).
13 Cut half of other people’s words (5)
QUOTA – Half a ten letter word for reports of what other people have said.
14 Maybe monitor, with 15 for Latin, will be an expert speller? (6)
WIZARD – The type of animal that may be a monitor with the initial L (Latin) replaced by W (with). The answer to 15a gives the instruction to exchange the letters.
15 Changed and hurried over with a bit of pudding (7)
SWAPPED – A word meaning hurried goes around (over) W (with – again, see 14a) A P (bit of pudding).
18 Bloody communist food! (7)
REDDISH – The colour associated with a communist followed by a generic word for food.
20 First person over the Channel? Second person’s valet (6)
JEEVES – The French for I (first person) followed by the name of the second person in the Book of Genesis with the ’s added from the clue.
22 Extraction of obscene material (5)
ENEMA – The answer is hidden in (extraction of) OBSCENE MATERIAL.
24 Fun of book reduced through language skills lacking reflective care (9)
JOVIALITY – The name of a book of the bible associated with a patient man with the last letter removed (reduced) followed by a word meaning through (as in travelling through or by somewhere) and the word literacy (language skills) with a reversal (reflective) of the word care removed.
25 Packs of rugby players in groups, holding fire (9)
RUCKSACKS – The name give to groups of rugby players around (holding) a word meaning to fire or make redundant.
26 Middle Eastern intelligence, even in Bahrain, follows their scriptural direction (5)
IRAQI – Reverse (following their scriptural direction) the abbreviation for intelligence quotient and the even letters in Bahrain.
27 Host, happy to entertain in a casual manner (6)
GALAXY – A word meaning blithe or happy includes (to entertain) a word meaning in a casual manner.
28 Overhead scaffolding – home to north-eastern seabird colony (8)
GANNETRY – Include the abbreviation for north-eastern inside a word for overhead scaffolding.
1 A bird to go wag (6)
PEEWIT – A word meaning to urinate (to go) followed by a word for a wag.
2 Being extremely sleepy, if I doze off get doctor involved (9)
ZOMBIFIED – An anagram (off) of IF I DOZE includes an abbreviation for a doctor.
3 Two-timing liar, smart at switching between two old flames (12,3)
EXTRAMARITAL SEX – An anagram (switching) of LIAR SMART AT) between two lots of a word for an old flame.
4 I’m given to being given (7)
IMPLIED – The I’m from the clue followed by a word meaning given.
6 Middle-aged pair of queens featuring in period song during the news (15)
QUINQUAGENARIAN – The abbreviation for queen twice includes (featuring) the IN from the clue followed by a three letter word for a period of time and a word for a song inside two abbreviation for news.
7 American self-confidence on Radio China (5)
AMIGO – A two letter abbreviation for American followed by a homophone (on radio) of a word for self-confidence.
8 Partners of sailors welcome in port (8)
HUSBANDS – A five letter word for sailors includes (welcome in) a type of computer port.
9 For stand-ups it’s run-of-the-mill to be beset by heartless catcalls (6)
JOKERS – A two letter abbreviation for run-of-the-mill has a word for catcalls with its middle letter removed (heartless).
16 Preacher, get me out of deep water! (9)
PREDICANT – Remove the ME from a word meaning a problem or deep water.
17 Amphibious species go right up around coral ridge (4,4)
TREE FROG – The Go from the clue and the abbreviation for right are reversed (up) and go around another word for a coral ridge.
19 Seize control of account held by four followers of golf (6)
HIJACK – The abbreviation for account inside the four letters of the Alphabet following G (golf).
20 Germany’s agreed to escort a vessel into Indonesian waters (4,3)
JAVA SEA – The German for yes (agreed) around (to escort) the A from the clue and a vessel into which you might put flowers.
21 Demonstrate unexpected pity for your leaders (6)
TYPIFY – An anagram (unexpected) of PITY followed by the first letters (leaders) of for your.
23 Top Essex celebrities’ homes (5)
EXCEL – The answer is hidden in (homes) ESSEX CELEBRITIES.