NTSPP – 378
A Puzzle by Hasslethymi
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A suite composition from Hasslethymi with lots of movement in the clues (though undoubtedly a few too many anagrams).
1 Witch doctor treated main endemic (8,3)
MEDICINE MAN – An anagram (treated) of MAIN ENDEMIC.
7 Rip jute sacking to get 14 notes? (7)
JUPITER – An anagram (sacking) of RIP JUTE.
8 Buried in tremor on ice that’s thick (7)
MORONIC – The answer is hidden (buried) in TREMOR ON ICE.
10 Song of Schubert perhaps bore false witness (4)
LIED – Double definition, the first being the German for a type of song.
11 14’s peacemaker envious after Zeus’ lover is rejected? Weird! (5)
VENUS – An anagram (weird) of ENVIOUS after removing (rejected) IO (Zeus’ lover).
12 Identify summits in the rear-view mirror (4)
SPOT – Reverse (in the rear view mirror) a word meaning summits.
15 Nazi leader comes after another seamy sycophant (3-3)
YES-MAN – An anagram (another) of SEAMY followed by the first letter (leader) of Nazi.
16 Warhead caught in tangled ropes – magic! (6)
POWERS – The first letter (head) of war inside an anagram (tangled) of ROPES.
17 Magician of 14 managed university in America (6)
URANUS – A three letter word meaning managed and the abbreviation for university inside the abbreviation for America.
19 Compound is linked to the fall of Rome (6)
ISOMER – The IS from the clue followed (linked to) by an anagram (fall of) ROME.
23 Mother of 17 or 24? (4)
GAIA – Double definition, the first being from Greek mythology and the second being a new-age concept of our planet being an integrated complex entity.
24 Overlooked by 14? Heartbroken! (5)
EARTH – An anagram (broken) of EARTH.
25 Cut wheat? (4)
CROP – Double definition, although very closely related as the second relied on the fact that the first is how it is harvested.
28 Massage at sushi blowout (7)
SHIATSU – An anagram (blowout) of AT SUSHI.
29 Writer sent back composition, one of 14 (7)
NEPTUNE – Reverse (sent back) of word for a writing instrument and follow it with a word for a composition or piece of music.
30 Studying 21, for example? Try on Google, maybe (11)
GERONTOLOGY – An anagram (maybe) of TRY ON GOOGLE. In the theme, 21 is the bringer of old age.
1 Animal is one of those that’s winding up temps (7)
MUPPETS – An anagram (winding) of UP TEMPS.
2 May 14, for example, begin to dictate a note? (4)
DATE – The first letter (being to – this should be beginning to) of date followed by the A from the clue and a two letter musical note.
3 Crooked victor smoked outside (6)
CURVED – A word meaning smoked (as a kipper might be) around (outside) the abbreviation for Victor.
4 Cloud nine initially added to setter’s transport (6)
NIMBUS – The first letter (initially) of nine followed by a word meaning “the setter is” and a type of public transport vehicle.
5 Hurts 14’s warmonger (4)
MARS – Double definition, the second being the representation of the planet in the theme.
6 No joke to be shown up by the French, like the planets until very recently (7)
NONUPLE – The NO from the clue followed by three letter word for a joke reversed (shown up) and the French masculine form for “the”.
7 Jungle fly devastated American mushroom (5,6)
JELLY FUNGUS – An anagram (devastated) of JUNGLE FLY followed by a two letter abbreviation for American. As America has already been used to clue the letters, perhaps one of the clues should have used a different indicator.
9 Calamity kitty finds a way to get her head caught in string (11)
CATASTROPHE – The name of a domestic pet (kitty) followed (finds) by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for street and the first letter (head) of her inside (caught in) a word for a thick piece of string. As an aside, one of Firefly’s best clues was in Toughie 416, “Fondle a thicker thong?”
13 Article dipped in gravy for brother of 21 (5)
JANUS – Put AN (article) in a three letter posh word for gravy.
14 Composer had originally lost out (5)
HOLST – The first letter (originally) of had followed by an anagram (out) of LOST.
18 Setting in a ring is forged (7)
ARISING – An anagram (forged) of A RING IS.
20 14 work for Freddie, perhaps (7)
MERCURY – Double definition, the second being the lead singer for Ray T’s favourite group.
21 Piece of 14 placed on vase (6)
SATURN – A three letter word meaning placed followed by (on in a down clue) a three letter word for a vase.
22 Flipping fools knock out drunk (6)
STINKO – Reverse a four letter word for fools and follow it with the abbreviation for knock-out.
26 5, 7A, 11, 17, 20, 21, 24 & 29 are influenced by one rotter’s comeuppance… (4)
STAR – Reverse (comeuppance) a word meaning “rotter’s”.
27 …until Pluto eccentrically leaves orbital extremity (2,2)
UP TO – Remove the O (orbital extremity) from PLUTO an make an anagram (eccentrically) of the letters that remain.