NTSPP – 517
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A review by Prolixic follows.
As always it is good to have Starhorse in the chair for the NTSPP slot. This was a gentle crossword very nicely clued and lots to enjoy.
1 Recount unlikely defeat (7)
TROUNCE – An anagram (unlikely) of RECOUNT.
5 Protests about concealing gold necklace (7)
SAUTOIR – Reverse (about) a five letter word for violent protests and include (containing) the chemical symbol for gold.
9 Risking heading out – it’s freezing over (5)
ICING – A six letter word meaning risking without the first letter (heading out).
10 Leaves the basque dishevelled (9)
BEQUEATHS – A anagram (dishevelled) of THE BASQUE.
11 Blighted son smeared after trouble (3-7)
ILL-STARRED – A three letter meaning trouble followed by the abbreviation for son and a six letter word meaning smeared with pitch.
12 Part of speech rejecting extract from glib review (4)
VERB – The answer is hidden (extract from) and reversed (rejecting) in the final two words of the clue.
14 Thor’s cheated? (5-7)
SHORT-CHANGED – The solution creates a anagram clue for which the solution would be THOR’S.
18 Everyone sounded upset about note out of the blue (3,2,1,6)
ALL OF A SUDDEN – A three letter word meaning everyone followed by an anagram (upset) of SOUNDED around a two letter musical note.
21 Lead, say, without leader and others (2,2)
ET AL – The type of substance of which lead is an example without the initial letter (without leader).
22 Poor grammarian’s attempt to name supernatural creatures in person? (10)
THEMSELVES – How you might incorrectly say those are supernatural creatures.
25 Make fast bloke the final runner? (9)
ANCHORMAN – A six letter word meaning make fast or secure followed by a three letter word for a bloke.
26 Conservation symbol in dad’s letters? (5)
PANDA – The symbol for the WWF come from how you could describe both letters in a two letter word for father.
27 Unlimited menu with maybe lime and cherry starters (7)
ENTREES – The inner letter (unlimited) of MENU followed by the type of plant of which lime and cherry are examples.
28 Scottish philosopher in English city heard by many (7)
CARLYLE – A homophone (heard by many) of.a town in Cumbria.
1 Briefly skip through minor details (6)
TRIVIA – A four letter word meaning to skip with the final letter removed (briefly) followed by a three letter Latin word meaning through.
2 College with small windows (6)
ORIELS – The name of an Oxford college followed by the abbreviation for small.
3 Those working late get a move on after dark (5,5)
NIGHT SHIFT – A five letter word for a command to move or get a move after the five letter word used to describe the hours of darkness.
4 Part of fire still burning at the end of 3 months (5)
EMBER – Double definition, the second being an ecclesiastical days that fall at the end of every three months that are reserved for fasting and prayer.
5 Ordered children to keep cool, not hot (9)
SEQUENCED – A four letter old term for children around (to keep) a six letter word meaning to cool with the abbreviation for hot removed (not hot).
6 Takes public transport? Not the Bishop (4)
USES – The plural of a form of public transport without (not- again in successive clues!) the abbreviation for bishop.
7 Prevail over public speaker’s course of action (8)
OUTWEIGH – A three letter word for public followed by a homophone (speaker’s) of way (course of action).
8 Young ladies once mounted boys casually! (8)
ROSEBUDS – A four letter word meaning mounted followed by an informal term for boys.
13 Plucky footballer who looks after the birds? (10)
GAMEKEEPER – A four letter word for plucky followed by the name of a footballer who tries to stop goals being scored.
15 Lacking energy for lively threesomes? They’ll look after you here (4,5)
REST HOMES – An anagram (lively) of THREESOMES after removing the abbreviation for energy.
16 Slash the price of trimming material? (8)
LACERATE – Split 4,4 this might indicate the price payable for a material used to edge garments.
17 Trim nurse’s job? (5-3)
CLEAN CUT – Double definition, the second being part of the duties of a nurse tending wounds.
19 Beryl never shows up consistently (6)
EVENLY – The answer is hidden (shows) and reversed (up) in the first two words of the clue.
20 Park a car (6)
ESTATE – Double definition, the first being the grounds of a large house.
23 Crazy pair from Malaga caught after new investigation started (5)
MANIC – The first two letters (pair from) of Malaga followed by the abbreviation of caught after the abbreviation for new and the first letter (started) of investigation.
24 Hurt by God of Love’s rejection (4)
SORE – Reverse (up) the name of the Greek god of love and sex.