NTSPP – 502
A Puzzle by Gazza
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Following the usual convention that as a published setter, I do not blog puzzles set by other published setters, the NTSPP blogging duties are shared between Crypticsue and yours truly. A Gazza (as shy and unassuming as ever) has not been published, I get the pleasurable task of blogging Gazza’s crossword, though I suspect that this is one occasion where Crypticsue would gladly have taken up the reins.
9 Spitting Image satirised every pompous celeb alive, attacking flaws at heart of each (7)
REPLICA – The central letters (at heart of each) of the third to ninth words of the clue.
10 Syrupy fare that could be Abba (3,4)
RUM BABA – A reverses anagram where the solution reads as a potential clue to give Abba.
11 Open University student’s absorbed in search for physics unit (7)
COULOMB – The abbreviations for Open University and a student inside (absorbed in) a four letter word for a search.
12 In bygone times articulated more like a lord? (7)
EARLIER – The solution sounds like it could mean more like a member of the aristocracy.
13 Sound familiar call to service (4,1,4)
RING A BILL – Double definition, the second being how you might summon people to church.
15 Hijab redesigned to taste of Indian (5)
BHAJI – An anagram (redesigned) of HIJAB.
16 One welcomes more eminent European in place of Central American (7)
GREETER – A word meaning more eminent or larger with the middle A (central American) replaced by the abbreviation for European.
19 A pair of buttocks cause traffic accident? (4-3)
REAR-END – Two words meaning buttocks put together create a type of collision between cars.
20 Maybe Andy Capp‘s taking off band kit (5)
STRIP – Quadruple definition, the first a short panel of cartoons, the second removing clothes, the third a band of material and the fourth another word for a football kit.
21 Initially Scotland Yard cuts out lower ranks (9)
SQUADDIES – The first letter of Scotland followed by a four letter word for a yard or square and a four letter word meaning cuts out or stops working.
25 South American country where losing last 20% of capital means having to resign (7)
ECUADOR – The South American country whose capital is Quito (where taking the final letter away (losing last 20%) gives a word meaning to resign.
26 Performed on horseback and mucked around (5,2)
ACTED UP – A five letter word meaning performed a role and a to letter word meaning on horseback or riding.
28 Menfolk occasionally see about puncture (7)
DEFLATE – The even letters (occasionally) of menfolk with a four letter word meaning see or go out with) around them.
29 Spot senior police officers at scene of high-speed collisions (7)
DISCERN – The plural definition of detective inspectors followed by the name of the European particle accelerator laboratory.
1 General retailer offering customers everyday requirements primarily (6)
GROCER – The initial letters (primarily) of the first six words of the clue.
2 Promoted routine comeback (6)
UPTURN – A two letter word meaning promoted followed by a four letter word for a stage act or routine.
3 Spooks love Florence’s intimate way of saying hello (4)
CIAO – The abbreviation for the American secret service followed by the letter representing love or nothing.
4 Advocates book that is dear to Ken (6)
BARBIE – The collective term for barristers followed by the abbreviation for book and id best (that is).
5 Drug grabbed in both hands after throbbing ulcer’s becoming more painful (8)
CRUELLER – The abbreviation for ecstasy inside the abbreviation for left and right (both hands) after an anagram (throbbing) of ulcer.
6 Lively derby, a more abrasive means to sharpen up (5,5)
EMERY BOARD – An anagram (lively) of DERBY A MORE.
7 Roundly applauded an IRA militant – a bit steep? (8)
MARINADE – The answer is reversed (roundly) and hidden in (a bit) the second to fifth words of the clue.
8 Legitimate victory over Germany is significant blow (4,4)
FAIR WIND – A four letter word meaning legitimate or reasonable followed by a three letter word meaning a victory and the IVR code for Germany.
14 Darwinian maybe against school principal sharing last morsel of food (10)
ANTIPODEAN – A four letter word meaning against followed by a three letter word for a school or fish and a four letter word for principal of an academic establishment with the final two word overlapping sharing the D (last morsel of food).
16 Date fixed following game on board (2,6)
GO STEADY – A two letter board game followed by a six letter word meaning fixed or firm.
17 In Shoreditch judge mismanages protections against rackets (8)
EARMUFFS – How a Cockney (Shoreditch) might pronounce a four letter word meaning to judge followed by a five letter word meaning mismanages.
18 Set aside day to support animal sanctuary (8)
RESERVED – A seven letter word for an animal sanctuary followed by the abbreviation for day.
22 State spelled out what’s contained in sugar (6)
UGANDA – Split 1,1,3,1, the sultan described the middle three letters (what’s contained) in sugar.
23 Firmly entrenched at home? Went climbing! (2,4)
IN DEEP – A two letter word meaning at home followed by a four letter word meaning urinated (went) reversed (climbing).
24 Useless being upset long after listless … (6)
SUPINE – A two letter abbreviation meaning unserviceable reversed (being upset) followed by a four letter word meaning long after or desire.
27 … apathetic person doesn’t give one tip (4)
TOSS – Double definition.