NTSPP – 436
A Puzzle by Dill
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Today we welcome Dill to the NTSPP series.
A review by Prolixic follows.
Dill has crossed the great divide to join the ranks of the NTSPP. There was a ghost theme in the solutions with the surnames of well known actresses and actors in the solutions.
9 Describing E-retailer employees as fierce women? (9)
AMAZONIAN – Double definition, the first part whimsical.
10 Sock maker loses his head to weaver (5)
OSIER – Another names for a person who makes socks or hose with the first letter removed (loses his head).
11 Very fortunate when not so much litter’s outside (7)
BLESSED – A three letter word for a litter (a place where you sleep) around (outside) a four letter word meaning not so much.
13 Fish with lobster head stuffing for celebratory decoration (7)
GARLAND – A three letter word for a type of fish and a three letter word meaning with includes (stuffing) the first letter (head) of lobster.
14 Trapped odd instrument (5,4)
SNARE DRUM – A six letter word meaning trapped followed by a three letter meaning odd.
15 Old magistrate always rejected drug-taking (5)
REEVE – A four letter word meaning always is reversed (rejected) and includes the abbreviation for ecstasy (drug-taking).
16 Time-keeper mismanages the run (6)
HUNTER – An anagram (mismanages) of THE RUN.
19 Shoots wading birds (6)
SNIPES – Double definition.
23 US college taken in by quiet forger (5)
SMITH – The abbreviation for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US college) inside (taken in by) a two letter word meaning quiet.
25 Influence one working for love (9)
AFFECTION – A six letter meaning influence followed by the letter representing one and a two letter word meaning working.
27 Race duo touring in South America (7)
ECUADOR – An anagram (touring) of RACE DUO.
28 Tested winter transport with electrical unit on board (7)
SAMPLED – A four letter word for a type of winter transport includes (on board) the electrical unit for current.
31 Bigwig looks into Snowden? (5)
IGLOO – The answer is hidden in BIGWIG LOOKS. I am not convinced that “into” works as a a hidden word indicator.
32 Some say that ape is an irregular fighter (9)
GUERRILLA – A homophone (some say) of gorilla (ape).
1 Upright English disqualified from French leg (4)
JAMB – Remove (disqualified) the E (English) from the French word for leg.
2 Leaders of Libya and Kuwait exploit water inland (4)
LAKE – The initial letters (leaders of) the third to seventh) words of the clue.
3 Most shy from Chairman caught docking afternoon sleep (8)
MOUSIEST – A homophone (caught) of MAO (chairman) followed by a six letter word for an afternoon sleep with the final letter removed (docking).
4 Oscar, maybe restrained initially, becomes more uncontrolled (6)
WILDER – The surname of the playwright and author named Oscar followed by the first letter (initially) of restrained.
5 Final strategies of goal sports (8)
ENDGAMES – A three letter word meaning goal followed by a five letter word for sports.
6 Shock when Personnel Dept. hires in AC/DC soldiers (6)
HORROR – The abbreviation for Human Resources (Personnel Department) includes (hires) the abbreviation for Other Ranks (soldiers) written both ways (AC/DC = either way).
7 Coming from a European city, major highway divides East (8)
MILANESE – A phrase 2-5 that might described the divisions of a motorway carriage way followed by the abbreviation for east.
8 Would-be mistresses maintain government connections (7)
BRIDGES – A five letter word meaning would be mistresses of the house following a marriage includes (maintain) the abbreviation for Government. For the cryptic grammar you need A maintains B not A maintain B.
12 Brooklyn cheerleaders’ secret hang-up (5)
LYNCH – The answer is hidden in (secret) BROOKLYN CHEERLEADERS.
17 Only see question the other way around after Oxford perhaps (8)
UNIQUELY – The name of a diocese (see) and the abbreviation for question are swapped (the other way around) after the abbreviation for University (Oxford perhaps).
18 A rare dog goes rabid, causing anger on the street (4,4)
ROAD RAGE – An anagram (goes rabid) of A RARE DOG.
20 Eccentric American out of the public eye (2,6)
IN CAMERA – An anagram (eccentric) of AMERICAN.
21 Find fashion in the Home Counties for 14 pounds (5)
STONE – A three letter word for fashion inside the abbreviation for the area of the country where the Home Counties are to be found.
22 Gaullish character might be Mrs. Malaprop’s star sign? (7)
ASTERIX – What Mrs Malaprop might refer to as a asterisk (star sign).
24 Rock player, perhaps, recreates hot sound (6)
HUDSON – An anagram (recreated) of H (hot) SOUND.
26 Raise another’s issue with bill converting pence to francs (6)
FOSTER – A word for an advertising bill seen on a hoarding has the P (pence) changed to an F (Francs).
29 Lie about result of 50+0+2x(100/2) (4)
LOLL – The roman numeral for 50 followed by the O from the clue and 2 Roman numerals (2x) for 50 (100/2).
30 Wallowing in pride annoys church dignitary (4)
DEAN – The answer is hidden in (wallowing in) in PRIDE ANNOYS.