NTSPP – 396
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A rather quick and unillustrated review today as there has not been much time this weekend to give this crossword the full justice that it deserves.
1 Ipad’s on the blink – nothing on TV – children blubber (7,6)
ADIPOSE TISSUE – An anagram (is on the blink) of IPAD followed by the letter representing nothing, a three letter word for a TV and a five letter word for children
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11 The entire universe is still a mess – including Panama? (3,4,2)
ALL THAT IS – An anagram (mess) of STILL A included a three letter word of what a Panama is.
12 With King Cole I get two leaders angry (2,1,6)
IN A TEMPER – Following the I from the clue add a three letter name for the singer King Cole and the abbreviation for a politician and the Queen (two leaders).
13 Met not involved as time bomb turns out to be an empty cracker (5)
BIMBO – Remove the letters in MET (not involved) from TIME BOMB and make an anagram (turns out) of the letters that remain.
14/10 That’s a posh car. Your vintage Ford’s seized? You should have got an old Striker (7,5)
THIERRY HENRY – The old English (vintage) for “your” and the first name of the car designer Mr Ford includes the abbreviations for “that is” and Rolls Royce (a posh car).
16 Witchcraft follows rain dance in African city (7)
NAIROBI – An anagram (dance) of RAIN followed by a word for West Indian witchcraft.
18 What psychiatrists do in a sane lady’s case is crazy (7)
ANALYSE – An anagram (is crazy) of SANE LY (lady’s) case.
20 Doctors tend complicated cases last (7)
ENDMOST – An anagram (complicated) of TEND includes a three letter abbreviation for Medical Orderlies (doctors).
22 Do I follow heavyweight about? (5)
TONIC – … a musical note – The I from the clue follows a three letter word for a heavy weight and the abbreviation for circa (about).
24 Frost and slippery ice vetted (9)
DETECTIVE – An anagram (slippery) of ICE VETTED. I think this is one clue where a definition by example indicator would have been much fairer to the solver to show that the definition is an example of the solution.
26 ‘e ‘as to look after ‘is missus – indoors, so ‘e says (9)
EASTENDERS – The E and AS from the clue followed by a word meaning to look after and the two letter abbreviation the precedes indoors said by a Cockney when referring to his wife.
27 What could be more bloody plain? Reading and writing are essential. (5)
RARER – The “are” from the clue inside (essential) two Rs (Reading and Writing).
28 The side dishes could be on the piano? (13)
ACCOMPANIMENT – Double definition of side dishes in relation to the main meal and what a pianist provides when playing for a singer or another musician.
2 I can understand a bit of adaptation – but Macbeth didn’t really murder me (6,1)
DUNCAN I – An anagram (adaptation) of I CAN UND (a bit of understand – hmm!)
3 Brief note to give Dave his wages before the others – or suffer the consequences (3,6)
PAY DEARLY – How you might write a brief note for “pay Dave early” with Dave being reduced to his initial.
4 Hallmark of some of the best amplifiers (5)
STAMP – The answer is hidden (some of) in BEST AMPLIFIERS.
5 Gap we don’t mind (9)
TOLERANCE – Double definition of the degree of movement give by a gap in a mechanical device and a word meaning not minding something.
6 Anyway there’s no work for a bishop in India, sir (5)
SAHIB – An anagram (anyway) of A BISHOP after removing the abbreviation for work.
7 Fast getting happy with casual love (2-5)
UP TEMPO – A word meaning elated or happy followed by a four letter word for a casual worker and the letter for love or zero.
8 Smart heretics get excited sprucing up Trafalgar Square! (9,4)
CHRISTMAS TREE – … the annual gift from Noway erected in Trafalgar Square. An anagram (get excited) of SMART HERETICS.
9 Booster injection (1,4,2,3,3)
A SHOT IN THE ARM – Double definition of a boost or fillip and where an injection may be given. Perhaps the two definition are too closely related.
15 “That’s why I train”, crazy dude getting first place conceded (7,2)
YIELED UP – The letter that sounds like why when pronounced, the I from the clue, a two letter word for an elevated railway, an anagram (crazy) of DUDE and the first letter of place.
17 Fashionable gaff with green interior that doesn’t seem right (9)
INDECORUM – A two letter word meaning fashionable followed by another (obscure) slang word for a house (gaff) that includes a three letter word meaning green or environmental.
19 I kept forgetting why my acne’s bad (7)
AMNESIC – An anagram (bad) of MY ACNES with the Y being omitted (forgetting WHY (already used once before) and replaced (kept) by the I from the clue.
21 Order golf club to admit slightly coarse Greek character (7)
OMICRON – The abbreviation for Order of Merit followed by the name of a golf club including the first letter (slight) of coarse.
23 I believe we’ve caught about 500, love (5)
CREDO – The abbreviation for caught, a two letter word meaning about, the Roman numeral for 500 and the letter representing love or zero (already used before).
25 Go round Italian city (5)
TURIN – Another word for a go or shot at something around the abbreviation for Italy. The abbreviation for Italian is IT. The two should not be interchanged.