NTSPP – 480
A Puzzle by Harold
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A very happy Easter to all followers of the blog and a warm welcome to Harold who has risen to the ranks of the NTSPP. I enjoyed this crossword and particularly welcomed some of the innovative wordplay in the clues.
1 Site of sensitive transmitter picking up bird on meadow (7)
COCHLEA – A homophone (picking up) of a male bird followed by a three letter word for a meadow.
5 Chinese giant reputedly hiding diamonds is looking guilty (7)
HANGDOG – A three letter word for the Chinese followed by a three letter word for a giant around (hiding) the abbreviation for diamonds.
9 Withdraw protection from force trailing an Italian (5)
UNARM – The Italian indefinite article followed by (trailing) a three letter word meaning force.
10 Irregular, having abandoned right, allied with left in revolution? (9)
GUERRILLA – An anagram (in revolution) of IRREGULAR without one of the Rs (having abandoned right) L (allied with left).
11 Characters in Orwell novel represent socialist madmen (8,7)
DOMESTIC ANIMALS – An anagram (represent) of SOCIALIST MADMEN.
13 Letter from Athens on irrational representation of religious art (5)
PIETA – The irrational number representing the ration of the circumference of a circle to its diameter followed by a three letter Greek letter.
15 Digital stores? Devious sharks ensnaring kiddies, in essence (4,5)
HARD DISKS – An anagram (devious) of SHARKS around the central (in essence) three letters of kiddies.
18 Old part of Asia rejecting assistance fools advanced after cessation of trade (4,5)
EAST INDIA – The final letter (cessation of) of trade followed by a reversal (rejecting) of a three letter word for assistance, a four letter letter word for fools and the abbreviation for advanced.
19 Seb’s enthralling ten directors of racing (5)
COXES – The surname of the Olympian Seb (maintaining the ’s from the clue around (enthralling) the roman numeral for ten.
21 Scupper dictator’s airbrushed photographic record (7,8)
PICTURE POSTCARD – An anagram (airbrushed) of SCUPPER DICTATOR.
25 Kindle passion in argument (3,4,2)
SET FIRE TO – A four letter word for passion inside a phrase (3,2) for an argument.
27 Breed is first class, within limits of regulations, and English (5)
RAISE – Two letters meaning first class inside (within) the outer letters (limits) of representation followed by the abbreviation for English.
28 Locum possibly copying. Matter for suspension? (7)
DRAPERY – The abbreviation for doctor (locum possibly) followed by a five letter word meaning copying.
29 Colours fabrics and is bound to meet with approval (3-4)
TIE-DYES – A four letter word meaning bound followed by (to meet with) a three letter word meaning approval.
1 Setter provided misdirection here, being on the ball (5-2)
CLUED-UP – How the setter might provide misdirection in a down clue by reversing the meaning.
2 Lacking allure of impotent witch? (9)
CHARMLESS – An impotent witch would be unable to cast such a spell.
3 Lights from farm animals (not British) found to contain phosphorus (5)
LAMPS – The name for young sheep (farm animals) without the abbreviation for British around the chemical symbol for phosphorus.
4 Made no progress, having started late, and suffered greatly (9)
ANGUISHED – A ten letter word meaning made no progress without the first letter (having started late).
5 Man trapping tail of some rampant beast (5)
HYENA – A two letter word for a man overlaps (trapping tail) with a reversal (rampant) of a three letter word meaning some.
6 Which of p and q is selected from set of consecutive letters? Neither! (3)
NOR – Remove the PQ from NOPQR (set of consecutive letters.
7 Poor mark recklessly altered without sign of hesitation (5)
DELTA – An anagram (recklessly) of ALTERED without the ER (sign of hesitation.
8 They may help one discern the commonest factor of giggling girls (7)
GLASSES – The most frequent letter in giggling followed by a six letter word for girls.
12 Description of something in periodic table (5)
IODIC – The answer is poorly hidden in PERIODIC TABLE.
14 Gilded scorer when shaken is said to take leave in Cannes (5)
ADIEU – Something used to score or mould something is covered (gilded) in the chemical symbol for gold.
16 Determine wordplay for senator wasting time (6,3)
REASON OUT – A reverse anagram that gives the letters in Senator without the T (wasting time).
17 Pervert! Not even your latex is a personal preference (9)
SEXUALITY – An anagram (pervert) of YU (the odd letters of your) LATEX IS
18 Way out – lacking appeal, affected, and naked (7)
EXPOSED – A four letter word for a way out without a two letter word meaning sex appeal followed by a five letter word meaning affected.
20 Fighters defending elevated post in distress (7)
SADNESS – The abbreviation for Special Air Services (fighters) around a reversal (elevated) of a four letter word meaning to post.
22 Accountant engaging too much clerical cover (5)
COTTA – The abbreviation for a chartered accountant around (engaging) the abbreviation for over the top (to much).
23 Every so often, well-fed guy produces some serious writing (5)
ELEGY – The even letters (every so often) of WELL FED GUY.
24 Become exhausted before the end of Love Island (5)
TIREE – A four letter word meaning become exhausted before the final letter (end of) of love.
26 Reserve selection is 50% down (3)
ICE – A six letter word meaning selection with the first three letters removed (50% down).
An a little season cheer to close