A Puzzle by Shabbo
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Watch out for Shabbo’s debut puzzle in the Indy very soon!
A review by Prolixic follows.
Congratulation to Shabbo on his forthcoming appearance in the `independent. This means that it is the last time I shall review one of his crosswords in the NTSPP. This was a gentle outing but enjoyable with it.
1 Turn right in foreign country (6)
SPRAIN – The abbreviation for right in a European country
5 Civil taxi was seen in a race (8)
AMICABLE – A three letter word for a taxi inside the A from the clue and a distance run by Roger Bannister in under four minutes.
9 Tell the French to be flipping relaxed! (8)
INFORMAL – A six letter word meaning to tell followed by a reversal (flipping) of the French feminine singular for the.
10 Hot icing (6)
PIPING – Double definition.
11 Top spot for example (10)
PALINDROME – Top Spot is an example of a phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards.
12 Scrap 50% of letters (4)
ATOM – Split 1,2,1, this word represent the first half of the alphabet.
13 Dated Italian before returning last month (8)
ROMANCED – A five letter word for an Italian followed by a reversal (returning) of the three letter abbreviation for the last month of the year.
16 Dyes and cholesterol treatment avoid the heart (6)
STAINS – Remove the middle letter (avoid the heart) from the class of drugs used to control cholesterol levels.
17 A Times clue such as this? (6)
ACROSS – The A from the clue followed by the shape of a multiplication (times) symbol.
19 Let baron organise boxing (5,3)
NOBEL ART – An anagram (organise) of LET BARON. Organise after the letters to be rearranged does not work cryptically.
21 Greek character brought Etruscans to Athens at the outset (4)
BETA – The initial letters (at the outset) of the third to sixth words of the clue.
22 Curious rich lot are bombastic (10)
RHETORICAL – An anagram (curious) of RICH LOT ARE.
25 Son’s first form of transport is a hit (6)
STRIKE – The abbreviation for son followed by a five letter word for a young child’s three wheeled form of transport.
26 Calm duke transformed a lost cause (4,4)
LAME DUCK – An anagram (transformed) of CALM DUKE.
27 Wishes to rule out indefinite wages (8)
EARNINGS – A nine letter word for wishes without the initial Y (to rule out indefinite).
28 Responds to religious study book (6)
REACTS – The abbreviation for religious education followed by the name of the fifth book of the New Testament.
2 Chinese native seen in Antwerp and Aachen (5)
PANDA – The answer is hidden in the final three words of the clue.
3 Excellent oil mixture for dressing (5)
AIOLI – A two letter representation of excellent followed by an anagram (mixture) of OIL.
4 Wandering cricket side turns up and bats – one short of a century (7)
NOMADIC – Reverse (turns up) a side in cricket and followed with a three letter word meaning bats and the letter representing one before (short of) the abbreviation for century.
5 Overall, nothing left to say (3,4)
ALL TOLD – If everything has been told, there is nothing left to say. I fell into the mistake, justifiable, of writing in ALL SAID as the solution.
6 Stamp on journalist’s statement of credentials? (7)
IMPRESS – Split 2, 5, this would be a statement from a journalist that he works for the media.
7 Meat in paella cooked for top dog (5,4)
ALPHA MALE – A three letter type of meat in an anagram (cooked) of PAELLA.
8 Network benefactor reported to freeholder (9)
LANDOWNER – A three letter abbreviation for a computer network followed by a homophone (reported) of DONOR (benefactor).
14 Players upset carthorse (9)
ORCHESTRA – An anagram (upset) of CARTHORSE.
15 Love a party piece (9)
ADORATION – The A from the clue followed by a two letter word for a party and a six letter word for a piece or portion.
18 Swimmer forgoing T-bones? (7)
SURGEON – An eight letter word for a type of fish without (forgoing) the T. Some editors will not allow joining the wordplay to the definition with a hyphen.
19 Unnecessary pointless indicators (7)
NEEDLES – Remove the final compass direction from an eight letter word meaning unnecessary.
20 Mistake made by baker with flour is picked up (7)
BLOOMER – Triple definition, the final one being a homophone (picked up) of FLOUR.
23 Cricketing country in spin dialogue (5)
INDIA – The answer his hidden (in) in the final two words of the clue.
24 A Caledonian racecourse (5)
ASCOT – The A from the clue and a four letter word for a Caledonian.