NTSPP – 428
A Puzzle by Italicus
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A rare appearance from your reviewer. As Italicus is not a published setter, I get the pleasure of blogging this crossword – though with such quality clues, it may not be long before I have to hand over the reins to Crypticsue.
1 Old testament figures – a mixed bunch taken as a whole (3,3)
JOB LOT – The names of two characters from the Old Testament, the first noted for his patient suffering and the second whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
4 Various articles about popular revolutionary; Plato, say (8)
ATHENIAN – Three articles (two indefinite and one definite) around a reversal (revolutionary) of a two letter word meaning popular.
9 Alien tracking asteroid in spacecraft (6)
ROCKET – The world’s favourite alien follows (tracking a four letter word for what an astroid may be made from.
10 City’s large Greek amphitheatre originally maintained by venerable fellow (8)
BELGRADE – The abbreviation for large and Greek and the initial letter (originally) of amphitheatre inside the name of an early church historian given the designation venerable.
12 Stole from maiden with tattoos (4)
MINK – The abbreviation for maiden followed by a three letter word for tattoos.
13 A second layer is greyish-white (5)
ASHEN – The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for second and the name of an animal that lays eggs.
14 Little boy’s initially worried sick (4)
WILL – The word letter (initially) of worried followed by a three letter word for sick.
17 Clans even managed to capture retreating enemy’s queen (4,2,6)
ANNE OF CLEVES – An anagram (managed) of CLANS EVEN includes a reversal (retreating) of a three letter word for an enemy.
20 Ordering doubles with a sago pudding (5,7)
BLOOD SAUSAGE – An anagram (ordering) of DOUBLES A SAGO.
23 Greek character takes centre stage in chariot arena (4)
IOTA – The answer is hidden (takes centre stage) in CHARIOT ARENA.
24 Notes resistance to renewable source of energy (5)
SOLAR – Two notes in the musical scale followed by the abbreviation for resistance.
25 Set a limit on electronic cloaking device (4)
CAPE -A three letter word meaning set a list on followed by the abbreviation for electronic.
28 Scrupulous journalist opposed to hacking into computer (8)
PEDANTIC – A two letter word for a journalist and a word meaning opposed to inside (hacking into) a two letter abbreviation for a computer.
29 Temple father is filled with a divine presence (6)
PAGODA – A two letter word for a father includes (is filled with) the A from the clue and a three letter word for a divine presence.
30 Sprawling tree; it’s stood in New York for a long time (8)
ETERNITY – An anagram (sprawling) of TREE followed by the IT from the clue inside the (stood in) the abbreviation for New York.
31 Argument young lady scoffed at (6)
DEBATE – A three letter word for a young society lady followed by a word meaning scoffed. The only real issue in this crossword is that the “at” is redundant and changes the meaning of “scoffed at”. As noted, “Argument young lady swallowed” would have worked better.
1 Book I penned in French, I set in exotic harem (8)
JEREMIAH – The French for I followed by the I from the clue in an anagram (exotic) of HAREM.
2/6 Rotters eating barbarian for breakfast (5,3,4)
BACON AND EGGS – A phrase (3,3) for rotters includes (eating) a five letter name for a noted barbarian.
3 Livestock rounded up in Egyptian exodus (4)
OXEN – The answer is hidden (in) and reversed (rounded up) in EGYPTIAN EXODUS.
5 Steve has seen troubled parts of planet (3,5,4)
THE SEVEN SEAS – An anagram (troubled) of STEVE HAS SEEN.
6 See 2
7 Setter abandons American style of writing (6)
ITALIC – Remove (abandons) the abbreviation for American from the pseudonym of our setter.
8 Depend on the French to be provocative (6)
NEEDLE – A four letter word meaning depend on followed by the French masculine for “the”.
11 Mental health visitor confused school with pigsty (12)
PSYCHOLOGIST – An anagram (confused) of SCHOOL PIGSTY.
15 Butts of swords (5)
FOILS – Double definition, the first being the target of a joke or scam and the second being another name of a fencing sword.
16 Popular symbol of London has died out – it’s a puzzle! (5)
REBUS – A type of transport used in London (3,3) without (our) the abbreviation for died.
18 Soldier guarding Scottish Island reflected sense of foreboding (8)
PARANOIA – A four letter word for an airborne soldier around (guarding) a reversal (reflected) of a holy Scottish island.
19 Influence of party mounting over period of time (8)
LEVERAGE – Reverse (mounting) a five letter word for a party and follow it (over) with a three letter word for a period of time.
21 Faint uneven pulse is a fairly common feature (6)
DIMPLE – A three letter word meaning faint or not bright followed by the odd letter (uneven) of PULSE.
22 Filling fare, say, Dorothy’s served up (6)
STODGE – A reversal (served up) of the the abbreviation for “for example” or say and the diminutive form of Dorothy’s.
26 Presently unknown (4)
ANON – A double definition, the first meaning in a moment and the second the shorted form of anonymous.
27 Posh girl on ecstasy gets violent wind (4)
GALE – A three letter upper class word for a girl followed by the abbreviation for ecstasy.