NTSPP – 370
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A review by Prolixic follows:
Wonderful to have Silvanus back in the chair for this week’s NTSPP. A review follows with some very minor comments on a couple of the clues.
1 Very small surface flaw may identify setter perhaps (9)
MICROCHIP – A five letter word meaning very small followed by a four letter word for a surface flaw give us a device that can be used to tag setters and other dogs to identify them.
6 Animal everyone rejected needs mother (5)
LLAMA – Reverse (rejected) a three letter word meaning everyone and add (needs) a two letter word for a mother.
9 Sample of carpet in genuine colour (5)
TINGE – The answer is hidden (sample of) in CARPET IN GENUINE.
10 Longing for the past is again lost in confusion (9)
NOSTALGIA – An anagram (in confusion) of LOST AGAIN.
11 Within design chosen by European, style protective metal plate (10)
ESCUTCHEON – By the abbreviation for European add an anagram (design, as an imperative verb) of CHOSEN and include inside (within) another word (in hairdressing terms) for a style. The cryptic grammar is convoluted but just about works.
12 Drink a half of beer meeting voluntary limits (4)
BEVY – The first half of the word beer followed by the outer letters (limits) of voluntary.
14 Knocked down and said to be broken (7)
FLOORED – A homophone (said) of flawed (to be broken). I don’t have a problem with the homophone here and Chambers gives the two roots the same pronunciation.
15 Commotion resulting from German storm heading off towards Greece reportedly (7)
TURMOIL – The German for storm with the first letter removed (heading off) followed by a two step (with which not all would approve) word play to from a homophone (reportedly) of GREECE with a synonym required for the resulting homophone. I wondered about the degree of knowledge required for the German for storm but it is used in English in the form of literature known as “sturm und drang”.
17 Denies broadcast is at the centre of rows (7)
DISOWNS – In the middle (centre) of a word meaning noises or rows include a three letter word meaning broadcast.
19 Force simple touts to give up pre-arranged place (7)
IMPETUS – Remover from the letters in SLOT (pre-arranged place) from SIMPLE TOUTS. Very well spotted word play.
20 Associates lacking in clothing accessories? It’s a blow (4)
CUFF – Remove a four letter word meaning associates or joins from an item used to join shirt-sleeves instead of a button (clothing accessories).
22 Dish composer consumes excessively, attracting endless support (7,3)
COTTAGE PIE – Inside a four letter word for a 20th Century composer include the abbreviation for over the top (excessively) and then add (attracting) another word for a support with the final letter removed (endless).
25 Criticise shadow politician, possibly, one displaying aggression against opponents (6,3)
ATTACK DOG – A word meaning criticise followed by a three letter word meaning to shadow or follow. I think the possibly is here because the answer can also be the description of a person who is not a politician.
26 Sentimental daughter following river (5)
TWEED – A four letter word meaning sentimental followed by the abbreviation for daughter.
27 Desire greatly a period at home with no one present (5)
YEARN – A period of 365 days followed by a word meaning at home without the I (no one (I) present).
28 Leave strip of land for sweetheart’s Christmas Day game? (9)
PARTRIDGE – A four letter word meaning leave and a word for a strip of land to give a game bird that was a gift in the song, Twelve Days of Christmas.
1 Substance mostly used as a mask in film-making (5)
MATTE – Remove the final letter (mostly) from another word for substance.
2 Aware of carbon monoxide above scatter cushions husband removed (9)
CONSCIOUS – The chemical formula for carbon-monoxide followed by (above in a down clue) an anagram (scatter) of CUSHIONS after removing the abbreviation for husband.
3 Subverted ceremonial position of monarch one hears? (10)
OVERTHROWN – A homophone (one hears) of the spatial position of monarch when sitting on the seat that represents their power.
4 Hint journalist has a crooked manner (7)
HUNCHED – A five letter word for a hint followed (has) by the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
5 Complete training and faint (4,3)
PASS OUT – Double definition, the first being what soldier do at the end of their training.
6 Some over-familiarity exposes storyteller (4)
LIAR – The answer is hidden (some) in OVER-FAMILIARITY.
7 Absence of English flower from region of France generates debate (5)
ARGUE – Remove the three letter name of an English river from an region in Southern France famous for its horses and wildlife.
8 Old woman held in Arkansas over foolish bloomer (9)
AMARYLLIS – A two letter word for an old woman inside (held in) the abbreviation for the state of Arkansas followed by a reversal (over) of a word meaning foolish. The use of over before the word to be reversed does not work in the cryptic grammar.
13 Sound, accepted US reptile breeder (10)
PROPAGATOR – A homophone (sound) of proper (accepted) (not the most exact of homophones) followed by the diminutive form of alligator (US reptile). I think that you need sound of… to indicate a homophone or perhaps “Sound out accepted US reptile breeder”
14 After Anglo-Japanese capital withdrawals, afraid juicy settlement’s held in trust (9)
FIDUCIARY – An anagram (settlement) of AFRAID JUICY after removing (withdrawals) the first letters (capital) in Anglo and Japanese.
16 Extend lavish picnic? (9)
OUTSPREAD – A double definition, the second by a cryptic description of a picnic.
18 Rose failed to meet another’s expectations (5,2)
STOOD UP – A double definition.
19 A number, for example, penned in Italian club (7)
INTEGER – The abbreviation of for example inside (penned by) the name of an Italian football club in Milan.
21 Islamic ruling disclosed from note on old airline (5)
FATWA – A two letter musical note on the abbreviation for trans-world airlines.
23 Drop of rum disappearing from last supply (5)
ENDUE – A six letter word meaning last or hold out with the first letter (drop of) rum removed from it.
24 International company adds new image (4)
ICON – The abbreviations for International, company and new.