NTSPP – 487
A Puzzle by Exit
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Exit continues his appearances as a NTSPP setter with another light and enjoyable crossword. I did not spot the ghost theme of Brother Cadfael stories. The list is at the end of the review.
6 Japanese poem recited – Dove Calling in the Treetops? (5)
HAIKU – A homophone (recited) of HIGH COO
7 Forecasters change the props (8)
PROPHETS – An anagram (change) of THE PROPS.
10 Put Hill on duty list for Turner (7)
ROTATOR – A four letter word for a duty list followed by (put on) a three letter word for a hill.
11 True one’s upset on the way (2,5)
EN ROUTE – An anagram (upset) of TRUE ONE.
12 Fungus, not stone, in old writer’s accessory (7)
INKHORN – A nine letter word for a type of fungus with the initial ST removed (not stone).
13 Maiden hiding in old tree – that’s drastic! (7)
EXTREME – The abbreviation for maiden inside (hiding in) a two letter prefix meaning old and the tree from the clue.
14 Prudish artiste clad haphazardly (6-5)
STRAIT-LACED – An anagram (haphazardly) of ARTISTE CLAD.
19 Decide on publicity estimate? (7)
ADJUDGE – A two letter abbreviation for advert (publicity) followed by a five letter word meaning decide.
21 Bird in dispute – twice! (7)
SPARROW – A four letter word for a fight or dispute followed by a three letter word for an argument or dispute.
23 Gulp! Rae’s backing noise abatement technology (7)
EARPLUG – Reverse (backing) the GULP RAE from the clue.
25 Setter’s enrolling unknown saint and queen to create enigma (7)
MYSTERY – A two letter word for the setter’s includes (enrolling) a letter representing an unknown quantity, the abbreviation for saint and the abbreviation for the current queen.
26 Raise a sort of party – about 8 (8)
HEIGHTEN – A female only part around the spelling of 8.
27 Irish politician crossing small river (5)
TWEED – The abbreviation for Deputy to the Dail (Irish politician) around a three letter word meaning small.
1 Awful ski team’s blunders (8)
MISTAKES – An anagram (awful) of SKI TEAMS.
2 Exactly fair? Very! (4,2)
JUST SO – A four letter word meaning fair or equitable followed by a two letter word meaning very.
3 Program rent freeze for learner (10)
APPRENTICE – A three letter word for a program you would install on a phone followed by the RENT from the clue and a three letter word meaning freeze.
4 Warning! This clue for the Listener (4)
FORE – A homophone (for the Listener) of the number of this clue.
5 Harmonise a tenor melody (6)
ATTUNE – The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for tenor and a four letter word for a melody.
6 Anchorite in ruins of Mitre Hotel (6)
HERMIT – An anagram (in ruins) of MITRE H (Hotel).
8 Present credit’s short for nonconformist (7)
HERETIC – A four letter word meaning present followed by a four letter word for credit with the final letter removed (short).
9 An outcast in Perivale, perhaps … (5)
LEPER – The answer is hidden in PERIVALE PERHAPS.
13 … signing on, chewed Nestlé mint (10)
ENLISTMENT – An anagram (chewed) of NESTLE MINT.
15 Labour conference ending with blood on the pavement? (3,4)
RED FLAG – A three letter word for the colour of blood followed by a four letter word for a paving stone.
16 Challenge is to embrace Ken and daughter with lights out (8)
DARKENED – A four letter word for a challenge around the KEN from the clue followed by the abbreviation for daughter.
17 Serious note’s no good for bird (5)
RAVEN – A five letter word for serious without the G (no good) followed by the abbreviation for note.
18 Bizarre way Des rocked (6)
SWAYED – An anagram (bizarre) of WAY DES.
20 Jumper – over the moon? (6)
JERSEY – A breed of cow (the animal that jumped over the moon).
22 When prescribed, Scotch initially gives benefits (6)
ASSETS – A two letter word meaning when followed by a three letter word meaning prescribed and the initial letter of Scotch.
24 Old reservists in, for example, returning crowd (4)
GATE – The abbreviation for Territorial Army (old reservists) inside the abbreviation for “for example” with all the letters reversed (returning).
The ghost theme comprises:
The Sanctuary SPARROW (21ac)
An Excellent MYSTERY (25ac)
The HERMIT of Eyton Forest (6dn)
The HERETIC’s APPRENTICE (8dn & 3dn)
The LEPER of St Giles (9dn)
The RAVEN in the FOREGATE (17dn & 4dn+24dn)