NTSPP – 383
A Puzzle by Drummond
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Once again Drummond shows commendable skill in setting a fiendish crossword. Some of the clue took longer to parse correctly than actually filling the grid.
1 We liquidised parts of the kidneys for refreshment (7)
RENEWAL – An anagram (liquidised) of WE (yes an anagram of two letters) inside a word meaning “of the kidneys”.
5 Sleep around in empty search for brotherly love (7)
KINSHIP – A three letter word meaning sleep around the IN from the clue and the outer letters (empty) of search.
9 Ideal shape (5)
MODEL – Double definition, the first meaning the epitome of something and the second to form something into a shape.
10 Speed – gripping saga about large ape (9)
REPLICATE – A Russian doll clue. Put a word meaning a saga around the abbreviation for large and put all of these letter inside a word meaning speed.
11 Where even being ditched can be fixed (10)
ENTRENCHED – The even letters in being followed by a word meaning ditched.
12 Clot leads to trouble with intestinal tract (4)
TWIT – The initial letters (leads to) of the final four words of the clue.
14 Coming soon – sensation involving a beautiful singer (11)
NIGHTINGALE – A four letter word meaning coming soon followed by a a six letter word for a sensation or thrill around (involving) the A from the clue.
18 Tangled parts ENT nurses managed to get clear (11)
TRANSPARENT – An anagram (tangled) of PARTS ENT includes (nurses) a three letter word meaning managed.
21 Drop in centre’s volunteers shift table (4)
ROTA – The central letters of drop followed by the abbreviation for the former Territorial Army.
22 Deciding to fool around, bad back restricts us (10)
CONCLUSIVE – A three letter word meaning to fool or dupe someone followed by the single letter abbreviation for about and a reversal (back) of a four letter word meaning bad around (restricts) the US from the clue.
25 Borrow money without interest? (9)
INCURIOUS – A five letter word meaning take on or borrow and the abbreviation for debts or money.
26 A Society Times cover – ‘Duke’s Latest Mouthful!’ (5)
TASTE – The A from the clue and the abbreviation for society inside (cover) the repeated abbreviation for time followed by the final letter (latest) of duke.
27 Helps to run bible classes with talks about… (7)
GREASES – An informal word meaning talks around (about) the abbreviation for Religious Education (bible classes). As the editor of the Church Times crossword keeps reminding people, the relevant subject has not been “bible classes” for about 30 years. It is now interfaith studies.
28 …grave yard abandoned, ten years after refurbishment (7)
EARNEST – Remove (abandoned) the abbreviation for yard from TEN YEARS and make an anagram (after refurbishment) of the letters that remain.
1 Stuffed sheep’s heads from Middle Eastern delicatessen (6)
RAMMED – A three letter word for a male sheep followed by the initial letter (heads from) the final three words of the clue.
2 Latest song on the radio getting maximum exposure? (6)
NUDITY – A homophone (on the radio) of NEW DITTY (latest song).
3 Against the odds, Princesses gets an Oscar before Badlands (10)
WILDERNESS – Begin (before) with the surname of the playwright and poet Oscar and follow with the odd letters of princesses.
4 Words in the air, insensitively put by rich hosts (5)
LYRIC – The answer is hidden in (hosts) INSENSITIVELY RICH. As you can have A hidden in B and C with the AND being ignored, I don’t see anything wrong with A in B put by C.
5 Something smoked – a draw or a bit of gear (6,3)
KIPPER TIE – The name of a fish that is smoked followed by a draw or match.
6 It’s based on a quick fix (4)
NAIL – Double definition of part of the body that grows over the quick on the fingers and a word meaning to fix.
7 Marshal Wade – a hero with no love for the Crown? (8)
HEADWEAR – An anagram (marshal) of WADE A HERO after removing the O (with no love).
8 ‘Appealing to a higher level‘ – phrase that lifer has half forgotten? (8)
PRETTIER – … more appealing. Remove the letters in HAS HALF from the words “PHRASE THAT LIFER”
13 Back put out, due to parcel lorry having rear ended coach (10)
INSTRUCTOR – Remove the final letter (back put out) for a phrase 2, 5 meaning due or coming up and put the letters around (to parcel) a word for a lorry with the final letter removed (having rear ended).
15 Attractive girl stripped inside a changing room – just inside (9)
GLAMOROUS – Remove (stripped inside) the inner letter of girl and follow this with the A from the clue and an anagram (changing) of ROOM and the inner letters (inside) of just.
16 Hungry and very intense looking guards (8)
STARVING – A word for looking intensely around (guards) the abbreviation for very.
17 A little bit 10, but not completely mad (8)
PARTICLE – An anagram (mad) of the answer to 10a without the final letter (but not completely)
19 Sit up and beg for something to absorb the blow? (6)
TISSUE – Reverse (up) the SIT from the clue and follow it with a word meaning beg or plead for something.
20 Half off everything in fire sale – don’t give quarter! (6)
RELENT – The second half of the words fire sale don’t.
23 Gets a coronary, climbing walls in class (5)
CASTE – The answer is hidden and reversed (climbing, walls in) in GETS A CORONARY.
24 Legendary warrior’s leader drops 2 down weapons (4)
ARMS – The name of the Roman god of war has the first letter (leader) moved down 2 places.