NTSPP – 474
A Puzzle by Shabbo
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Many thanks to Shabbo for agreeing to postpone his debut in the NTSPP series, thus allowing Radler’s Morecambe & Wise with André Previn puzzle to be published in the week the latter sadly passed away.
A warm welcome to the halcyon halls of the NTSPP to Shabbo. The corrections to 16d and 23 have been taken into account when preparing the review.
1 Heavy rain. Nice for feathers at first (8)
DOWNPOUR – A four letter word for soft duck feathers followed by the French (Nice) word for “for”.
5 Backing school children would be a mistake (4-2)
SLIP-UP – Reverse (backing) a six letter word for school children.
10 Expert in an item to protect clothing (5)
APRON – A three letter word for an expert inside the AN from the clue.
11 Ample cover with a hundred debts (9)
CAPACIOUS – A three letter word for a head covering followed by the A from the clue, the Roman numeral for 100 and the abbreviation for debts.
12 Demand food? No change there! (5,4)
EXACT FARE – A five letter word meaning to demand followed by a four letter word for food.
13 Relative is pleasant outside influence finally (5)
NIECE – A four letter word meaning pleasant around (outside) the final letter of influence.
14 Struggle with soaring temperatures initially before 1ac (6)
STRAIN – The first letters (initially) of soaring temperatures followed by a four letter word for the answer to 1 across.
15 Businessman points out adjoining room (2,5)
EN SUITE – The compass directions (points) around (out) a four letter word for a businessman. I don’t really think that “out” on its own means around.
18 Retire now for hours to spend in the garden? (7)
BEDTIME – Where you might spend hours in the garden weeding and planting.
20 Wrong for misers to reform (6)
REMISS – An anagram (to reform) of MISERS. The structure definition for wordplay does not work for me.
22 Numbers of artillery return illegal fire (5)
ARSON – A three letter word for numbers followed by the abbreviation for Royal Artillery all reversed (return). The of in the clue contributes to the surface reading but not to the wordplay.
24 Dear former partner lost in thought (9)
EXPENSIVE – A two letter word for a former lover or partner followed by a seven letter word meaning lost in thought.
25 Algerian urologist’s beginning to crack pain (9)
NEURALGIA – An anagram (to crack) of ALGERIAN U (first letter – beginning – of urologist).
26 Coach in quite a challenge (5)
TEACH – The answer is hidden in QUITE A CHALLENGE.
27 Doctor puts pen to paper on round (6)
DRINKS – An abbreviation for doctor followed by a four letter word meaning puts pen to paper.
28 Side with brief shot in front of goal (8)
BEFRIEND – An anagram (shot) of BRIEF followed by a three letter word for a goal or objective.
1 Cartoonist up for prize? On the contrary! (6)
DRAWER – Reverse (up) a six letter word for a prize.
2 Justified battle cry by journalist (9)
WARRANTED – A phrase 3,4 for a battle cry followed by the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
3 It should clarify meaning, perhaps (11,4)
PUNCTUATION MARK – Definition and cryptic definition, the comma being an example of this.
4 Inside, lunch ain’t free (7)
UNCHAIN – The answer is hidden in (inside) LUNCH AINT.
6 Reportedly catch head of huge mythical creature (4,4,7)
LOCH NESS MONSTER – A homophone (reportedly) of LOCK (catch) followed by a four letter word for a head of land and a seven letter word for huge. The “of” head contributes only to the surface reading but not to the wordplay.
7 Specialist on north east is likely to be lying (5)
PRONE – A three letter word for an expert or specialist followed by the abbreviation for north east.
8 Worried having not properly rested after exercise (8)
PESTERED – An anagram (not properly) of RESTED after the abbreviation for exercise.
9 One firearm each (6)
APEICE – The letter representing one and a five letter word for a firearm.
16 Start this month with one wicket perhaps (9)
INSTIGATE – The Latin term for this month followed by a letter representing one and a type of entrance of which wicket is an example.
17 Got to dine out after boat capsized (8)
OBTAINED An anagram (out) of DINE after an anagram (capsized) of BOAT.
19 Go awfully green on yacht launch (6)
ENERGY – An anagram (awfully) of GREEN followed by the first letter (launch) of yacht.
20 Change two fabrics (7)
REPLACE – A three letter type of corded fabric followed by a four letter type of delicate fabric.
21 Routine drug overdose (6)
METHOD – The four letter abbreviation for methadone (drug) followed by the abbreviation for overdose.
23 First sports car of the country (5)
SAUDI – The first letter of sports followed by a four letter word for a German car.