NTSPP – 438
A Puzzle by Italicus
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A delightful themed crossword from Italicus. After a long busy weekend, I have not time to do full justice to the clues with illustrations, for which apologies.
8 A 7 27 met Hemingway (4)
PAPA – Double definition, the first from the fairytale and the second the nickname of Ernest Hemingway.
9 7 Celts paced about (10)
SPECTACLED – An anagram (about) of CELTS PACED.
10 Journalist infiltrates discredited IT organisation (6)
EDITOR – The answer is hidden in (infiltrates) DISCREDITED IT ORGANISATION.
11 Exploit primary colour, painting float (4,4)
MILK CART – A four letter word meaning to exploit followed by the first letter (primary) of colour and a three letter word that describes a painting.
12 Perennial wintery weather leads to sudden decline (8)
SNOWDROP – A four letter word for wintery weather before (leads to) a four letter word for a sudden decline.
14 Shoddy attempt to enclose wood (6)
TRASHY – A three letter word meaning to attempt around (to enclose) a three letter type of wood.
16 Good man receiving a year’s reprieve (4)
STAY – The abbreviation for saint (good man) followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for year.
17 Airline toilet’s 7 (5)
BALOO – The abbreviation for British Airways followed by a three letter word for a toilet.
18 Small 7 has acre on island (4)
CUBA – The name of the young of a 7 followed by the abbreviation for acre.
19 7s have them regularly sent out by son (6)
SNOUTS – The odd letters (regularly) in SENT followed by the OUT from the clue and the abbreviation for son.
21 Famous film about alien resistance; it is studied by NASA (8)
ROCKETRY – The name of a famous boxing film about the abbreviation for extra terrestrial (alien) and the abbreviation for resistance.
23 Exercise in a gym; it takes energy and zest (8)
APPETITE – The abbreviation for physical exercise (exercise) inside the A from the clue and the abbreviation for physical training (gym) followed by the IT from the clue and the abbreviation for energy.
26 Retired LA woman runs show (6)
REVEAL – Reverse (retired) the LA from the clue, a three letter woman’s name and the abbreviation for runs.
27 One who confronted 7s with rifles, protecting elderly setter (10)
GOLDILOCKS – The name of a type of pistol in the plural around (protecting) a three letter word for elderly and the person pronoun for the setter.
28 Bookish type is European, but no Romeo (4)
GEEK – The name of a denizen of a European country without the letter represented by Romeo in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
1 Unnecessary words in definitions? One hundred and seven? (10)
PADDINGTON – A seven letter word for unnecessary words followed by a three letter word meaning one hundred.
2 Feel free to choose actor for role of Gulliver (8)
CASTAWAY – Split 4,4, this would give an imperative phrase giving someone freedom to chose an actor for a role.
3 Moneylender has certain standing in ancient city (6)
USURER – A four letter word meaning certain inside a two letter ancient biblical city. I am not certain that the standing helps here.
4 Drink with moderation initially, like the Chicago 7s (4)
TEAM – A three letter non-alcoholic drink followed by the first letter (initially) of moderation.
5 Heel trashed toilet at bottom of street (8)
STILETTO – The abbreviation for street followed by an anagram (trashed) of TOILET.
6 A government agency accepts account of typical suburban avenue (6)
ACACIA – The A from the clue and a three letter abbreviation for an American government agency around (accepts) the abbreviation for account.
7 Report of naked prowler in the woods (4)
BEAR – A homophone (report of) of BARE (naked prowler).
13 Heartless official breaks the average 7 (5)
POLAR – The outer letters (heartless) of official inside (breaks) a three letter word for average.
15 Breathes in laboriously, as a 7 does (10)
HIBERNATES – An anagram (laboriously) of BREATHES IN.
17 Prepare to roast infirm inside fortress (8)
BASTILLE – A three letter word meaning infirm inside a five letter word meaning prepare to roast.
18 Wielding a gavel in church creates division (8)
CLEAVAGE – An anagram (wielding) of A GAVEL inside the abbreviation for church.
20 Overturns positive results (6)
UPENDS – A two letter word meaning positive followed by a four letter word meaning results.
22 Is concerned about small pet (6)
CARESS – A five letter word meaning is concerned around (about) the abbreviation for small.
24 Turning circle for 7 (4)
POOH – Reverse (turning) a word meaning a circle.
25 Every middle of March Caesar’s resurrected (4)
EACH – The answer is hidden (middle of) and reversed (resurrected) in MARCH CAESAR.