NTSPP – 430
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Welcome back to Jaffa for his second outing in the NTSPP chair. I think he fits the seat well with an enjoyable crossword with a good level of difficulty.
1 Madcaps from wearing caps? (8)
HOTHEADS – What people would have if wearing caps (particularly on a warm day).
5 Essential element of my stated personal debt to cleric (6)
IODINE – A homophone (stated) of I OWE DEAN (my personal debt to cleric).
10 Respected naval commander has anger about rating to port (9)
ADMIRABLE – A three letter abbreviation for a naval commander followed by a three letter word for anger around the abbreviations for an able seaman (rating) and left (port).
11 Trim specimen but still sufficient (5)
AMPLE – Remover the first letter (trim) from a word for a specimen.
12 Leaderless Latin conspirator assassinated for proverbial thief (15)
PROCRASTINATION – An anagram (assassinated) of LATIN CONSPIRATOR after removing the L (leaderless) for the word that completes the proverb X is the thief of time.
13/19 Spot phone user with danger about in vegetable patch (6,6)
MARKET GARDEN – A four letter word for a spot followed by the alien who phoned home and anagram (about) of DANGER.
14 Cambridge girl with time for a drink (6)
CLARET – The name of a girl that is also the name of a Cambridge college followed by the abbreviation for time.
18 Citrus cultivated in bucolic surroundings (6)
RUSTIC – An anagram (cultivated) of RUSTIC.
19 See 13
23 Forever the product of 13 and 19 (6-4,5)
TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN – The product of 13 and 19 is 247. Split this 2,1 and spell out the numbers. I would argue that the definition is slight stretched – all day is not the same as forever.
25 Reduced work time for Albert Herring perhaps (5)
OPERA – The type of artistic work of which Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring is an example comes from the abbreviation for work and a three letter word for a long period of time.
26 Poor argument for London ride (6,3)
ROTTEN ROW – A six letter word for poor followed by a three letter word for an argument gives a section of Hyde Park where horses are ridden.
27 Storage facility for radium? It’s located between Nos. 31 and 32. (6)
GARAGE – The chemical symbol for radium goes between the chemical symbols for Gallium and Germanium, respectively elements 31 and 32 in the period table. I am not too keen on the structure definition for wordplay.
28 The Gospel, for some, goes down badly (4,4)
GOOD NEWS – An anagram (badly) of GOES DOWN.
1 The man, possibly filling up, is an energy extractor (4,4)
HEAT PUMP – A two letter word for that man followed by a phase (2,4) indicating where you would be if filling up a car with petrol.
2 Trip over a degree for embroidery (7)
TAMBOUR – A four letter word meaning a trip or journey around (over) the abbreviation for Bachelor or Medicine (a degree). I think that over for a containment indicator does not really work in a down clue as it is used in the sense of lying across.
3 Sad loser makes mistakes and is consumed therein, now fault free (9)
ERRORLESS – An anagram (sad) of LOSER inside (and is consumed therein) a four letter word meaning makes mistakes.
4 Lower by shaking sea bed (6)
DEBASE – An anagram (shaking) of SEA BED
6 A poor actor with nothing put up in city (5)
OMAHA – The A from the clue, a three letter word for a poor actor and the letter representing nothing al reversed (put up).
7 Rascal looking back regularly in Tangier leaves mark (7)
IMPRINT – A three letter word for a rascal followed by a reversal (looking back) of the odd letters (regularly) of TANGIER
8 Cast off from stage (6)
EXEUNT – Cryptic definition of the word indicating that actors should leave the stage.
9 Accent needs discovering if French boy is not pronounced ill-advisedly (7)
CEDILLA – The answer (the accent in the French for boy) is hidden in (discovering) PRONOUNCED ILL ADVISEDLY.
15 Anchorage by the shore offers close advantage (9)
ROADSTEAD – A four letter word for a close or street followed by a five letter word for an advantage.
16 Cockney hats from inept fitters (7)
TITFERS – An anagram (inept) of FITTERS.
17 Alien persons – x, y and z (8)
UNKNOWNS – What the letters x, y and z may represent in algebra.
18 Doe reportedly came by Thames boat (3,4)
ROE DEER – A homophone (reportedly) of ROWED ‘ERE (came by Thames boat).
20 End of match in court when one becomes two (7)
DIVORCE – Cryptic definition of the civil procedure to dissolve a marriage.
21 Audibly mistaken after patron is aggressive (6)
STRONG – The abbreviation for saint (patron) followed by a homophone (audibly) of WRONG (mistaken).
22 Indeed Mr Kipling does write exceedingly good stories (4,2)
JUST SO – Double definition for a word meaning indeed and the name of a series of stories by Rudyard Kipling.
24 Old American airline, no good, like Bart’s failed musical (5)
TWANG – The abbreviation for Trans World Airlines followed by the abbreviation for no good.