NTSPP – 448
A Puzzle by Wire
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A review by Prolixic follows:
My first and last review of a Wire NTSPP as he will shortly be a published setter and under the care of Sue’s expert reviews. Wire is the latest of Big Dave’s protégées to make it the National Papers. I think that his brings the total number of setters who have cut their teeth on the Rookie Corner or the NTSPPP before becoming setters in the national papers to 13 or 14, which is quite an achievement for Big Dave and all credit to him for bringing forward new talent.
1 Amphibian in Sussex coastal town church right at the back (10)
HOVERCRAFT – The name of a costal town in Sussex close to Brighton followed by the abbreviation for Roman Catholic (church), the abbreviation for right and a three letter word meaning at the back.
6 Character in Cycle finale (4)
CLEF – This musical symbol or character is hidden in CYCLE FINALE.
10 Setter had energy-efficient bulb hung around (5)
IDLED – The contraction of “I had” with the I being the setter followed by the abbreviation for an energy saving type of light.
11 Northern convert has love for orchestral piece (5,4)
TENOR HORN – An anagram (convert) around (has) the letter representing love or zero. If convert is being used as a verb, it takes as direct object and should therefore appear before the letters to be rearranged.
12 Cover vehicle quickly (8)
CARAPACE – A three letter word for a type of vehicle followed by a five letter word meaning quickly.
13 Directions e.g. for written work (5)
ESSAY – The abbreviations for East and South (directions) followed by a three letter word meaning eg.
15 Native American daughter’s set of beliefs (5)
CREED – A four letter word for a native American followed by the abbreviation for daughter.
16 Expect here a performance involving a cloaked figure (3,6)
THE REAPER – The answer is very well hidden (involving) in EXPECT HERE A PERFORMANCE.
19 Still in a French prison next to Bordeaux? (9)
UNSTIRRED – The French masculine form of “a” followed by a four letter slang word for prison and a three letter word for the colour of some Bordeaux wines.
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21 Chancellor without a guardian, possibly (5)
ANGEL – Remove the final A from the first name of the Chancellor of Germany.
23 Districts in the middle of York shaded by branches (8)
BOROUGHS – The middle letters of York inside (shaded by) a six letter word for the branches of a tree.
25 Immature female opposed to standing in assembled line (9)
INFANTILE – The abbreviation for female and a four letter word meaning opposed to inside (standing in) an anagram (assembled) of LINE.
26 Colour of strip worn across university (5)
TAUPE – A four letter word for a strip of material around (across) the abbreviation for university.
27 Tyneside region kept peeled vegetable that’s often on Scottish menus (4)
NEEP – The abbreviation for North East (Tyneside region) followed by the inner letters (peeled) of kept.
28 Use spear, nets and guile ultimately to get beast (3,7)
SEA SERPENT – An anagram (use) of SPEAR NETS E (the last letter – ultimately – of guile)
1/20 In Spooner’s residential centres, they have teeth (4,5)
HAIR COMBS – A Spoonerism for CARE HOMES (residential centres).
2 Six large bevvies for inhabitants of settlement (9)
VILLAGERS – The Roman numerals for six followed by the abbreviation for large and a six letter word for beers or bevvies.
3 Author rapidly drunk gin, unfortunately forgetting name (7,7)
RUDYARD KIPLING – An anagram (unfortunately) of RAPIDLY DRUNK GIN after removing one of the Ns (forgetting name).
4 Theatre item about origins of Troy resonates with performer (9)
RETRACTOR – A two letter word meaning about followed by the initial letters (origins of) Troy and resonates and a five letter word for a performer.
5 Handler of hot objects? Use foil (5)
FENCE – Double definition, the first being a criminal and the second being to take part in a sport using epees.
7 Views sun rising over old Kilimanjaro’s summits (5)
LOOKS – A three letter word for the sun is reversed (rising) around (over) the first letters (summits) of old Kilimanjaro. For use in a down clue, over implies above, not around.
8 Like the look of doctor (female, perhaps) in party outfits (5,5)
FANCY DRESS – A five letter word meaning like the look of followed by an abbreviation for doctor and the suffix that is added to a word to create the feminine form.
9 Film marshland adder chasing some food (5,9)
BRIEF ENCOUNTER – A four letter word for a French cheese (some food) followed by (chasing) a three letter word for marshland and a word for someone or tally or adds up something (adder).
14 Trade vessel in place when leader is absent (10)
OCCUPATION – A three letter word for a drinking vessel inside an eight letter word for a place with the first letter removed (when leader is absent).
17 Final sculpture of Eros is installed by Royal Society supporters (9)
ENDORSERS – A three letter word for final followed by an anagram (sculpture of) EROS and the abbreviation for Royal Society.
18 Turn up speed on river to find building at waterworks (4,5)
PUMP HOUSE – Reverse (turn) the UP from the clue and add the abbreviation for miles per hour (speed) and a four letter name of a river.
22 Foreman lost footing, causing slip (5)
GAFFE – Remove the final letter (lost footing) from a six letter word for a boss or foreman.
23 British jockey who needs a groom (5)
BRIDE – The single letter abbreviation for British followed by a four letter word for a jockey.
24 Digitally experienced material (4)
FELT – Double definition, the first meaning touched (digitally experienced) and the second a type of material.
I have to head out this afternoon but will hopefully be back later to add illustrations.