NTSPP – 233
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Thanks to Skipjack. Apologies for the brevity of the review. I have had two sermons to preach this morning and now have guests coming for lunch so time is limited.
1 / 1d: Different headers dispersed at various places around here (9,7)
FEATHERED FRIENDS – … a reference to the names of the birds (shown in green) that form answers of parts of answers. An anagram (dispersed) of DIFFERENT HEADERS.
6 Stretch to see Derek Heard (5)
CRANE – Another word for a derrick, a homophone (heard) of Derek.
9 Home study tends to miss objective and causes depression (7)
INDENTS – A two letter word meaning home followed by another word for a study and the TS from ends (the end having been removed – to miss objective).
10 Polish fighter pilot lost his tail following attack (7)
SHELLAC – A five letter word for attack using artillery followed by a three letter word for a fighter pilot with the final letter removed (lost his tail).
11 “No-nonsense” said to describe art of boxing (5)
NOBLE – A homophone (said) of NO BULL (no-nonsense).
12 Duck Germans at sea every other year (9)
MERGANSER – An anagram (at sea) of GERMANS followed by the even letters (every other) of year.
13 Hitch-hikers butcher bird? (6)
SHRIKE – An anagram (hitch) of HIKERS.
14 What a plastic surgeon might do to enhance his reputation? (8)
FACELIFT – A cryptic reference when split 4, 4 with a possible meaning of enhance reputation.
16 Manipulative adverts left lady sad and upset (3)
SLY – An anagram (upset) of LADY SAD the abbreviation for advert having been removed from both words.
17 Commonplace outlaw terrorised Italy (8)
BANALITY – A word meaning to outlaw or prohibit followed by an anagram (terrorised) of ITALY.
19 Pickpocket ripped off Baptist? (6)
DIPPER – Two definition for the price of one! An anagram (off) of RIPPED.
23 A signal to wander down memory lane (9)
NOSTALGIA – An anagram (wander) of A SIGNAL TO.
25 Satirist on The Express? (5)
SWIFT – A double definition (for which you need to ignore the “The”) of a satirical writer and the author of Gulliver’s Travels and a word meaning express or quick.
26 Counterfeit copy (7)
IMITATE – A double definition though arguably, the two meanings are so similar that they are the same!
27 Farce that is the sum of its parts (7)
CHARADE – A cryptic reference to the type of wordplay where two words are added together.
28 Diver returns from the base of iceberg (5)
GREBE – The answer is the final five letters reversed (returns from the base) of ICEBERG.
29 Confectionery made from honey-roast ham? (9)
SWEETMEAT – Another word for honey followed by the type of food of which roast ham is an example.
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2 Partridge stuffed with breadnuts for one of our brightest stars (9)
ALDEBARAN – The first name of the comedian who surname is Partridge (as a definition by example, this really should be indicated) including (stuffed with) an anagram (nuts) of BREAD – A recent example of this need to life and separate a word such as breadnuts into wordplay and fodder received a lot of comment on Fifteen Squared recently where hasten was used to indicated putting IO inside another word.
3 Badger female actor (7)
HENPECK – A Northern word used to refer to a female followed by the surname of the actor Gregory who appeared in films such as Roman Holiday.
4 Review presumed to have no boundaries (6)
RESUME – Remove the first and last letters (to have no boundaries) from presumed.
5 24 hours to admit investment vehicle shambles (8)
DISARRAY – Another word for the period of time represented by 24 hours includes (to admit) a type of investment and the abbreviation for Rolls Royce (vehicle).
6 Burn coffin containing final remains of late groom (7)
CREMATE – Another word for a coffin or box includes the last letters (final remains of) late and groom.
7 Finally finish off charts (5)
ATLAS – Remove the last letter (finish off) of phrase meaning finally.
8 Extract drinker whose bottom is blocking bar (7)
EXCERPT – The final letter (whose bottom) of drinker goes inside (is blocking) a word meaning bar.
14 Control on the ball (3)
FLY – A word meaning control as a pilot does with an aircraft is also a word meaning on the ball, usually used in of spivs and wide boys.
15 Suggest involvement with malice and tip-off (9)
IMPLICATE – An anagram (off) of MALICE TIP.
16 Chew grass and get illness associated with livestock (8)
STAGGERS – An anagram (chew) of GRASS GET. Our 10th anagram which is a little on the high side.
17 It may 14d flags (7)
BUNTING – A creature that flies (14d) is also the name of a bird.
18 Disclosure leads to lurid exclusive appearing, knowing about detailed information (7)
LEAKAGE – The first letters (leads to) of Lurid Exclusive Appearing, Knowing About followed by a three letter word meaning information with the last letter removed (de-tailed).
20 Split second home with good woman and social worker (7)
INSTANT – Another word meaning home (also used in 9a) followed by the abbreviation for a holy woman and an insect that is renowned as a worker in a colony.
21 Soak repeatedly without any initial shrinkage? (7)
RETREAT – Ret (soak) is repeated and put around (without) the first letter (initial) of any.
22 French port lacks sophistication (6)
GUACHE – The French for left (port) is also a word meaning lacks sophistication.
24 Criticize opponents taking a drop of alcohol (5)
SNIPE – Opponents in a game of Bridge include (taking) a word for a drop of alcohol.