NTSPP – 469
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A quick review by Prolixic follows. Apologies. Somewhat pressed for time this weekend so here is a brief review of a straightforward crossword that had some echoes of Rufus in the cluing.
6/4/17 Avoid touching spring at all costs! (5,4,5)
LEAVE WELL ALONE – An instruction that you should not go near a source of water (spring) could also mean avoid touching.
7 Scrap merchants, ones found crashing on the rocks (8)
BREAKERS – Double definition, the second being another word for sea waves that crash on the rocks.
10 Heroic prisoner returns to city and meets conservationists (7)
GALLANT – Reverse a three letter word for a prisoner and follow with the abbreviation for Los Angeles (city) and the abbreviation for National Trust (conservationists).
11 No longer with us, yet inside making clothes for newcomer (7)
LAYETTE – A four letter word meaning dead or no longer with us includes the YET from the clue.
12 Location of coastal region on Adriatic that inspires artist initially? (7)
CROATIA – The initial letters (initially) of the third to ninth words of the clue.
13 Domestic art company has agreement to meet Queen at end of May (7)
COOKERY – The abbreviation for cookery followed by a two letter word for agreement, the abbreviation for the current queen and the final letter (end of) of May.
14 Church thief and dog walker might both do this? (4,3,4)
TAKE THE LEAD – What thrives do removing part of the roof of a church could also be what a dog-walker does.
19 Follow the conversation without hearing backchat getting muddled, dear (3-4)
LIP-READ – A three letter word for backchat followed by an anagram (muddied) of DEAR.
21 To facilitate such entertainment, a track finally gets mixed in Korea somehow (7)
KARAOKE – A anagram (somehow) of the A (from the clue) K (track finally) KOREA.
23 Cat lives next to short tree – one standing in alley (7)
NINEPIN – The number of lives a cat is supposed to have followed by the name of an evergreen tree with the final letter removed (short).
25 Where one may find apples and pears or green veg (7)
ORCHARD – The OR from the clue followed by the name of a green leafy vegetable.
26 My Nan had gone to find odd-jobber (8)
HANDYMAN – An anagram (gone) of MY NAN HAD.
27 Spanish footballers having no commercial or free territory (5)
REALM – Remove the AD (commercial) and RID (free) from the name of a Spanish football team.
1 Dog fur part of formal dress (8)
TAILCOAT – A four letter word meaning follow or dog followed by a four letter word for fur.
2 Set off mousetrap Edward has covered up (6)
DEPART – The answer is hidden (covered) and reversed (up) in MOUSETRAP EDWARD.
3 Drew away from cab and started moving (10)
ABSTRACTED – An anagram (moving) of CAB STARTED.
4 See 6 Across
5 Hog’s first within pen to squirm (6)
WRITHE – The first letter of Hog inside a five letter word meaning to pen.
6 Found in flimsy cage looking skyward, seeing what’s left (6)
LEGACY – The answer is hidden (found in) and reversed (looking skyward) in FLIMSY CAGE LOOKING.
8 Enter, perhaps, and take heed of central principle (7)
KEYNOTE – Something on a keyboard of which Enter is an example followed by a four letter word meaning take heed of.
9 Old scribbler takes a quick look, we hear (5)
PEPYS – A homophone (we hear) of peeps (takes a quick look).
13 Reportedly from Prague, fielder could actually be Charlie from Berlin (10)
CHECKPOINT – A homophone (reportedly) of CZECH (from Prague) followed by a five letter word for a fielding position in cricked.
15 Cushion for Pat and Ella when they get together? (4-3)
KNEE-PAD – Put the Pat and Ella together from the clue to give a part of the body that would be protected by this item.
16 Scenes when designer gets a degree (second) (8)
DIORAMAS – A four letter word for a fashion designer followed by the A from the clue, the abbreviation for a higher degree and the abbreviation for second.
17 See 6 Across
18 Rarely models if messed around (6)
SELDOM – An anagram (if messed around) of MODELS.
20 Correspondent is leading professional in troubled Nepal (3,3)
PEN PAL – The first letter (leading) of professional inside an anagram (troubled) of NEPAL.
22 Superlative tape measure (6)
RECORD – Triple definition, the first meaning the best of something, the second a way of copying music (tape) and the final one to measure or note down something.
24 Call Lloyd’s underwriter (4)
NAME – Double definition.