NTSPP – 375
A Puzzle by Drummond
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Drummond has been “promoted” from Rooker Corner to the NTSPP panel for this, his third puzzle.
A review by Prolixic follows:
Big Dave sent me a copy of this a week or so ago to see if I thought it was better as a NTSPP or a Rookie crossword. I was unanimous in my opinion that it was both tough and worthy of a place in the NTSPP. It would seem from the comments so far, that I was right. Therefore, a big welcome to Drummond to the pages of the NTSPP. You have fully justified your promotion with this crossword.
9 Of course, part requires dressing up – it’s a panto (9)
ANTIPASTO – An anagram (requires dressing up) of ITS A PANTO.
10 Counting every second in fear – you die in 8 (5)
ERODE – … a synonym for the answer to 8d. The second letters (counting every second) of FEARYOUDIE.
11 Good opening for a new, unknown writer’s work (7)
FANZINE – A four letter word meaning good includes (opening for) the A from the clue, the abbreviation for new and a letter representing an unknown quantity.
12 One airborne chick, dropping guts, blocks gutter (7)
FLICKER – The outer letters (dropping guts) of chick go inside (blocks) another word for a pilot or one airborne.
13 Don’t panic about skirts not fitting (5)
INAPT – The answer is hidden (skirts) and reversed (about) in DON’T PANIC.
14 Brutal dictator with belt caught in killing machine? (9)
MOUSETRAP – A homophone (caught) of MAO (brutal dictator) and STRAP (belt).
16 Aristos subsequently attempt to besiege state border (3,6,6)
THE LANDED GENTRY – A four letter word meaning subsequently and a three letter word meaning try go around (to besiege) a four letter word meaning a state or nation and a four letter word for a border.
19 Small flaky gold filling perished and came loose (9)
DISLODGED – The abbreviation for small and an anagram (flaky) of GOLD go inside (filling) a dour letter word meaning perished.
21 Wags start to regret wearing heels (5)
CARDS – The initial letter (start to) of regret goes inside another word for heels or disreputable people.
22 Delays – they hold things up (7)
SHELVES – Double definition of delays and an item of furniture on which you can put things.
23 Sink top partially trapped so taps must be removed (7)
TORPEDO – Remove (partially) the last letter in top and follow it with the letters in trapped so after removing (must be removed) the letters in taps.
24 Free pay (5)
CLEAR – Double definition meaning to free or release and to pay (as you might an outstanding bill).
25 Jumping a metre, insect goes around swarm (9)
AMBUSHING – The A from the clue and the abbreviation for metre followed by a three letter word for an insect around a four letter word meaning to swarm or climb up.
1 Slow beating dealt with force (4-6)
HALF-WITTED – An anagram (beating) of DEALT WITH F (the abbreviation for force).
2 Old time rock and roll’s beginning to go out of fashion (5-3)
STONE-AGE – A five letter word for a rock followed by a word meaning fashion after removing (to go out) the first letter (beginning) of roll.
3 Well that’s no good – it’s missing one bolt (6)
SPRINT – A six letter word for a well or source of water and the IT from the clue after removing the abbreviation for good and an I (missing one).
4 Land that is surrounding Senegal’s borders (4)
ISLE – The abbreviation for that is around (surrounding) the outer letters (borders) of Senegal.
5 Prisoner’s body discovered – DA’s left baffled (10)
CONFOUNDED – A phrase 3, 5, 4 that might mean that a body of a prisoner has been discovered after removing the letters in DA.
6 Go on vacation, somewhere accommodating family dog (8)
PEKINESE – A three letter word meaning to go or to urinate followed by the outer letters (on vacation) of somewhere include a three letter word for family.
7 Worker – one who may go in to detail? (6)
DOCKER – Double definition of someone who might work at a port and one who might go in for removing tails (de-tails).
8 Stand scratching if wife goes on a run (4)
WEAR – Remove (scratching) the IF from wife and follow this with the A from the clue and the abbreviation for run.
14 Moving drama about a gas cylinder’s first 4 (10)
MADAGASCAR – … an example of the answer to 4d. An anagram (moving) of DRAMA around the A GAS from the clue and the first letter (first) of cylinders.
15 Settle for buzzing in anticipation? (3,2,3,2)
PAY AS YOU GO – Cryptic definition of how you may pay for making phone calls (buzzing).
17 Balm goes, every day, internally for soothing – this? (4,4)
ALOE VERA – The inner letters (internally) of the first to fourth letters of the clue.
18 Mass recruit to be prepared for growth in Asia (8)
TURMERIC – An anagram (to be prepared) of M (the abbreviation for mass) RECRUIT.
20 Fix drain covers leaking in the middle (6)
SKEWER – A five letter word for a foul water drain goes around (covers) the middle letter of leaking.
21 Pet chinchilla – reclusive species, content to go unnoticed (6)
CARESS – The outer letters (content to go unnoticed) in the second, third and fourth words of the clue.
22 Cultists determined to protect their leader? (4)
SECT – A three letter word meaning determined around (to protect) the first letter (their leader) of cultists.
23 Intro of Rattle and Hum coming from troubadour’s instrument (4)
TUBA – Remove the first letter (intro of) rattle and a five letter word for a hum or smell from the letters in troubadour.