NTSPP – 368
“For Dutch” by Chalicea
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Dutch commented on Chalicea’s last puzzle:
“I have adopted the the view that if a word is listed in an English dictionary and thus acceptable in English usage, no language indicator is needed (even though the reference might quite specifically be to a Spanish gentleman, or a Spanish dance, etc). That is not to suggest it would be wrong to add an indicator”.
Chalicea can’t resist a challenge, so you had better get your trusty Chambers off the shelf for this one, I [BD] certainly did.
I’ve always known a lot of somewhat obscure ‘stuff’, probably helped by my love of interesting words and their meanings, but I didn’t realise quite how much until I started to solve this challenging crossword, like others, really determined not to use the BRB until I was desperate. I had to use it to get 4d, not least because my knowledge of both chess term and antique silver coins is fairly limited but surprised myself by how many of the other ‘foreigners’ I knew.
7a Sadly bake last bit of lamb skewer (5)
KEBAB An anagram (sadly) of BAKE and the ‘last bit’ of lamB
8a Russian grannies; 24s with hot inherent spirits (9)
BABUSHKAS The solution to 24d, the abbreviation for Hot and ancient Egyptian spirits or souls within a person
10a Female adult in Indian dress in group on the lookout for animals (6)
SAFARI The abbreviations for Female and Adult in an Indian dress
11a Go round a zone with agitated chap for spicy cold soup (8)
GAZPACHO GO (from the clue) round A (from the clue), the abbreviation for Zone and an anagram (agitated) of CHAP
12a Cooked old crust on cubes of fried bread (8)
CROUTONS An anagram (cooked) of O (old) CRUST ON
13a Ancient Germanic letter in section of reggae’s contents (4)
AESC The first two letters of this rune for the letter a should really be a diphthong – the solution is lurking in a section of of reggAES Contents
15a Sample of clarets in a Greek wine (7)
RETSINA Another lurker, this time a sample of claRETS IN A
17a Brazilian waterway‘s one good parapet trimmed at both sides (7)
IGARAPE A Brazilian waterway for canoes – I (one), the abbreviation for good, and the insides (trimmed at both sides) of
20a Authentic German dramatist, not British (4)
ECHT An originally German adjective meaning genuine or authentic is obtained by removing the BR (not British) from a German dramatist
22a Repeated phrase from host in a tournament (8)
OSTINATO Another lurker – hidden in hOST IN A TOurnament. A short melodic phrase repeated throughout a musical composition
25a Our pet, a principally quite naughty little chatty flier (8)
PAROQUET An anagram (naughty) of OUR PET A and the ‘principal’ letter of Quite. Another name for a small member of the parrot family.
26a Busy person circling Mecca pilgrimage for battered vegetable appetiser (6)
BHAJEE A proverbially busy person circling the name for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca
27a Scrubby African terrain‘s curiously very lush beds (9)
BUSHVELDS An anagram (curiously) of V (very) LUSH BEDS
28a Setter with shelter in noisy conflict (5)
MELEE How our setter would refer to herself plus ashelter
1d Encountered decapitated folkloric creatures in lands tenants paid for with produce (9)
METAIRIES A simpler way of saying encountered followed by some folkloric creatures with their first letter (decapitated) removed
2d Mother with helmets (not small once) for monkeys (8)
MACAQUES An informal term for a mother and some helmets from which the S in third place has been removed, you still need the S for small at the end as the monkeys are plural!
3d Spoil work on South American tree (7)
MARGOSA A synonym for spoil, a verb meaning to work and the abbreviation for South American
4d German dividing antique silver coin in the past, the cheek! Position player hopes to avoid (8) ZUGZWANG A lot of looking up involved in solving this one. In chess, a blockade position in which any move is disadvantageous to the blockaded player. Put the abbreviation for German into a three-letter old Austrian silver coin, then add an obsolete term for the cheek (or, apparently, a molar tooth)
5d Exceptionally amirs originally had seamless, white, Muslim garments (6)
IRHAMS Seamless white cotton garments worn by Muslims on pilgrimages to Mecca. An anagram (exceptionally) of AMIRS and H (had ‘originally’)
6d Chief academician going after deserted area for country retreat (5)
DACHA Abbreviations for chief and academician go after the abbreviations for deserted and area. Alternatively if you know the name for a Russian country holiday home, and aren’t the blogger needing the check the abbreviations for chief and academician are in the BRB, just write in the solution.
9d Company in Italy has ordinary Italian greeting (4)
CIAO The abbreviation for Compagnia (the Italian word for company) and the abbreviation for Ordinary
14d Petty quarrel before the French regularly set eyes on sweet late harvests (9)
SPATLESES A German word for sweet late-harvested wine – A petty quarrel, the French definite article, and the regular letters of Set EyeS. I had to look in several of our reference books but finally found one dictionary that had the plural word
16d Eccentric nuts seek small carved Japanese ornaments (8)
NETSUKES An anagram (eccentric) of NUTS SEEK
18d Two men (Corbett and Cameron maybe) briefly left circular hut (8)
RONDAVEL The abbreviated way we might refer to Mr Corbett the comedian, an informal way of referring to Mr Cameron, the former Prime Minister, and the abbreviation (briefly) of Left
19d To primarily savour small amount on a tortilla (7)
TOSTADA TO (from the clue), the primary letter of Savour, a small amount, and A (from the clue)
21d Nonchalance shown when nanna fancifully has this fashioned hat (6)
CLOCHE Remove the letters of NANNA from
NO NCHAL ANCE (fancifully tells you that the letters aren’t in that order) and an anagram (fashioned) of the remaining letters will give you the hat.
23d Have a common boundary, back to front! Strictly forbidden (4)
TABU Take a word meaning to have a common boundary and move the letter at the back to the front of the word
24d British endlessly take advantage of Indian clerks (5)
BABUS The abbreviation for British and a truncated (endlessly) word meaning to take advantage of
Thank you to Chalicea for the special crossword which had so many lovely photo opportunities for the “Dutch” words, I had a hard time picking the eight to use – I’d like to make a request that the next one has the word TOMATO in it please, as I’ve got a really great tomato photo I’ve been waiting to use in a blog since last summer.