NTSPP – 532
A Puzzle by Foxglove
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Foxglove makes his well-earned debut in the NTSPP series.
A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome to Foxglove who has crossed the great divide to make his first appearance in the NTSPP slot and clearly turned into a petrol head in the process given the motoring theme that runs through the puzzle.
1 Nancy’s good time — topping for a lady! (6)
BONNET – The French (Nancy’s) feminine word for good followed by the abbreviation for time.
5 Drive off to score on holiday? (4,4)
PULL AWAY – A four-letter word meaning to get a date or score followed by a four letter word meaning on holiday.
9 Trouble with grand appearance through gallery’s rear door (8)
TAILGATE – A three-letter word meaning trouble and the abbreviation for grand inside (appearance through) a four-letter name of a noted art gallery. Appearance through in the cryptic reading of hte clue should be making an appearance through or appearing through.
10 Scrap Lotus’s leather interiors (6)
TUSSLE – The answer is hidden (interiors) in the second and third words of the clue. Interior would be better than interiors.
11 Heavyweight gold back seat cover (7)
TONNEAU – The preferred name for a metric ton (heavyweight) followed by the chemical symbol for gold.
12 Well drilled commodity suppliers (3,4)
OIL RIGS – Cryptic definition of the equipment used to extract black gold.
13 Island retreat for some Charles I well-wishers … (5)
LEWIS – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (retreat) in the final three words of the clue.
15 … town‘s hotel is about a mile (8)
HAMILTON – A six-letter name for a hotel chain around the A from the clue and the abbreviation for mile.
16/19 Film in most of UK playboy’s estate (8,5)
SHOOTING BRAKE – A five letter word meaning film followed by the IN from the clue, the abbreviation for Great Britain (most of the UK) and a four-letter word for a playboy.
21 In essence, get wind during a motorbike race (2,5)
AT HEART – A four letter word meaning get wind (it should really be get wind of) inside the A fro the clue and the abbreviation for time trials (motorbike race).
22 Belt around motorway with journalist, very drunk (7)
SMASHED – A four-letter word meaning a belt or band around the abbreviation for motorway followed by the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
25 Plant commissariat not racist but corrupt (6)
MIMOSA – Remove the letters in racist from COMMISSARIAT and make an anagram (but corrupt) of the letters that remain. Technically, as the letters to be removed are not in the correct order, a secondary anagram indicator should be used – perhaps “terribly racist”.
26 Obvious to swing round where you can’t stop (8)
CLEARWAY – A five-letter word meaning obvious followed by a reversal (round) of a word meaning to swing.
27 Went back and booked, having five seconds to change places (8)
REVERSED – An eight-letter word meaning booked with the Roman numeral for five and the abbreviation for seconds swapping places.
28 Record advertising tune with soprano for opening in June (6)
SINGLE – A six-letter word for an advertising tune with the abbreviation for soprano replacing the first letter (opening in) of June.
2 Doing well if eligible to vote? (2,1,4)
ON A ROLL – To vote you would need to be on the electoral ????.
3 Fabric‘s silky finish look in neutral surroundings (5)
NYLON – The final letter (finish) of silky and a two letter word meaning look inside the abbreviation for neutral twice.
4 Faulty Saab GT bearing leaves in containers (3,4)
TEA BAGS – An anagram (faulty) of SAAB GT E (bearing). To get from bearing to East to E meaning that his is probably just on the wrong side of an indirect anagram.
5 Glance up and down (4)
PEEP – A word meaning glance that is a palindrome (reads the same way up and down).
6 How introducing unscreened membership starts to support drunken element (7)
LITHIUM – The initial letters (starts) of the first four words of the clue under (supports) a three-letter word meaning drunk.
7 State aid liberalisation has its origins in EU country (9)
AUSTRALIA – The initial letters (has its origins) of the second and third words of the clue inside a seven-letter name of a member of the EU. Cryptically, as there are two initial letters it should be “have their origins” but this would require the clue to be re-written to maintain the surface reading.
8 Picked up a queue of members at a brisk speed (7)
ALLEGRO – A homophone (picked up) of A LEG ROW (a queue of members).
14 Mega-wheels with two discs engineered to be beneficial (9)
WHOLESOME – An anagram (engineered) of M (mega) WHEELS OO (two discs).
15 Corner large bike (3)
HOG – Double definition of a word meaning to corner or get the lion’s share of and another name (apparently) for a large bike.
17 Sexy message to get going? (3-4)
HOT-WIRE – A three-letter word meaning sexy followed by a four-letter word meaning a message or telegram.
18 Gains made by using popular routes (7)
INROADS – A two letter word meaning popular followed by a five-letter word meaning routes.
19 Large and small protective fittings (7)
BUMPERS – A six-letter word meaning large followed by the abbreviation for small.
20 Look closely at production of British and European Leyland, having dropped new German reg (7)
EYEBALL – An anagram (production of) B (British) E (EUROPEAN) LEYLA (Leyland without (having dropped) the abbreviation for new and the IVR code for Germany).
23 Heard warning misdemeanour involves retired member of the royal family (5)
SIREN – A three letter word for a misdemeanour includes a reversal (retired) for the abbreviation for the current queen.
24 Car battery component that’s needed for a trip (4)
ACID – Double definition of the type of liquid in a car battery and a type of drug that gives you a trip.