NTSPP – 508
Wonderful World by Chameleon
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As the title suggests, there is a theme but it’s a ghost theme so special knowledge is not required in order to solve the puzzle
A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome to Chameleon who has crossed the great divide to join the ranks of the NTSPP.
1/23 Jam on continental breakfast device? (6,5)
FRENCH PRESS – A five letter word meaning jam or cram together follows the name of a people across the English Channel.
5 Way of wetting bed which may be banned (8)
HOSEPIPE – A form of ban that applies in periods of drought that prevents the garden being watered.
9 Pictures Chameleon’s developing shortly, having empty evenings (8)
IMAGES – A two letter contraction for I am (Chameleon’s) followed by a five letter word meaning getting older or maturing with the final letter removed (shortly) and the outer letters (empty) of evenings.
10 Man possibly has himself tanned evenly (6)
ISLAND – The even letters in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
11 How a cruciverbalist might make nowt on holiday (3,2,4)
OUT OF TOWN – A reveres anagram that gives you an indication of how nowt could be formed.
12 A form of geometry briefly made circle round in reflection (4)
TRIG – A four letter word meaning to circle round is reversed (in reflection).
13 EU’s changing positively, in a way that’s convenient (8)
USEFULLY – An anagram (changing) of EUS followed by a five letter word meaning positively.
16 Who once denied Lot is a part of the Bible? (6)
ECCLES – The name of one of the actors who played Dr Who without the TON (denied lot). Perhaps a bit cheeky not include Dr as the clue is too misleading without it and there is no indication that you need an abbreviation for one off the books of the bible.
17 Coastal breeze said to reach a mountain range (6)
SIERRA – A homophone (said)of SEA AIR (costal breeze) followed by the A from the clue.
19 Spooner’s to go without celebration? If he gets this, certainly (8)
BACKLASH – A Spoonerism of Lack Bash (to go without celebration).
21 No. 2 recalling some Kate Bush (4)
BETA – A hidden word (some) reversed (recalling) in the final two words of the clue.
22 Humanities subject mixing hype with aggro (9)
GEOGRAPHY – An anagram (mixing) of HYPE AGGRO.
25 Fantastic player benched in exercise class, right? On the contrary (6)
SUPERB – A two letter abbreviation for an exercise class and the abbreviation for right inside a three letter word for a player who sits on the bench.
26 After sporting contest, cycling trick exposed (6,2)
OPENED UP – A four letter word for golfing contest followed by a reversal (cycling) of a four letter word meaning trick.
27 Work with animals in top aviary – not average (8)
BESTIARY – A four letter word meaning top followed by the aviary from the clue without the two letter abbreviation for average.
28 A bunch of Greens ignited flag (6)
ENSIGN – The answer is hidden (a bunch of) in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
2 European Moor could be a Shakespeare character (5)
ROMEO – An anagram (could by) of E (European) MOOR.
3 Conservative leader is backtracking by 4 – it’s a daily occurence (5)
NIGHT – A five letter word meaning conservative with the initial letter (leader) moved back by four letters. Watch spelling in the clues. The final word should be occurrence.
4 Watch part of Nosferatu and feel, ultimately, a pain in the neck (7)
HANDFUL – A four letter word for part of a watch and the final letters (ultimately) of the third, fourth and sixth words of the clue.
5 Dramatic genre of some bloke’s play about king (7)
HISTORY – A three letter pronoun meaning belong to some man followed by a three letter word meaning play around the single letter abbreviation for Rex (king).
6 See 7
7/6 Government study finds dodgy CIA clients breaking the law (9,7)
POLITICAL SCIENCE – An anagram (dodgy) of CIA CLIENTS inside a six letter word for the body of people referred to as the law.
8 Poor Frasier’s brother is overwhelmed by certain females (9)
PENNILESS – The name of Frasier Cranes brother from the TV series inside (overwhelmed) by the name for female swans.
14 Old-school computer – might it read “use only in sedentary position”? (5,4)
SLIDE RULE – An injunction that you should only use an item of playground equipment when seated.
15 A certain lady’s covering pieces in newspaper for Sky (9)
FIRMAMENT – A four letter lady’s name and a three letter word for chess pieces inside the abbreviation for a financial newspaper. Not sure that I like the repeated use of “some bloke’s”, “certain lady’s”. The somes and certains could be omitted.
18 A method for solving Elgar cryptic with BA (7)
ALGEBRA – An anagram (cryptic) of ELGAR BA.
19 Toilet contains strange oil – unknown organisms are examined in it (7)
BIOLOGY – A three letter word for toilet includes an anagram (strange) of OIL and is followed by the letter representing an unknown quantity.
20 Train for one who’s late (7)
CORTEGE – Cryptic definition of a funeral procession.
23 See 1 Across
24 Fledgling solver needs guidance at first (5)
YOUNG – A three letter word for the solver followed by the initial letters (at first) of the third and fourth words of clue.