NTSPP – 238
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1 Some clever dick who wrote operas (5)
VERDI – The answer is hidden (some) in CEVER DICK.
4 Items of Anthea’s making (8)
ARTICLES – Split the name AN / THE / A and you have a definition of the answer.
8 Slump in business after Christmas period (7)
DECLINE – Another word for business followed the month in which Christmas falls.
9 It may say ‘Peter’ on the front and back! (4,3)
NAME TAG – If you reverse the answer you get GATE MAN, a possible definition of St Peter as well as a name that might appear on a tag.
12 Love to travel? Some advice for one taking flight in season (6-3)
ORANGE-TIP – … a type of butterfly. The letter representing love or zero followed by a five letter word meaning to travel and a three letter word for some advice.
13 She has her own company (5)
LONER – A mildly cryptic definition of a person with no friends.
14 Mobile number on which crazy caller starts ringing one (7)
NOMADIC – The abbreviation for number followed by a three letter word meaning crazy and the first letter (starts) of caller around (ringing) an I (one).
16 Veg still pence apiece (4,3)
SNAP PEA – Another word for a photograph (snap) followed by a P (pence) and EA (apiece or each).
17 Not the whole story, but about right (7)
EXCERPT – Another word meaning but goes around the abbreviation for right.
20 Expense allowance? Go out in style! (3,4)
PER DIEM – Another word meaning go out or expire goes inside a type of curly hair style.
22 Sphere that spins a long time (5)
ARENA – Reverse (spins) AN ERA (a long time).
23 Spanish side of bacon with real nuts (9)
BARCELONA – An anagram (nuts) of BACON REAL.
25 Diligent quote oddly erased in correcting fluid (7)
DUTIFUL – The even letters (oddly erased) of qUoTe go inside an anagram (correcting) of FLUID.
27 Such precision is beside the point (7)
DECIMAL – A mildly cryptic definition of the numbers to the right of the point or full stop in a number.
28 Venus in the centre caught by crafty Serena’s traps (8)
ENSNARES – The middle letter (in the centre) of veNus goes inside (caught by) an anagram (crafty) of SERENAS.
29 Communications course (5)
LINKS – A double definition, the second being another name for a golf course.
1 Odeon? DVD? I mean, potentially there’s an easier way to watch a film (5-2-6)
VIDEO-ON-DEMAND – An anagram (potentially) of ODEON DVD I MEAN.
2 Demand return of miracle plays (7)
RECLAIM – An anagram (plays) of MIRACLE.
3 Discernment is not this sugary stuff (5)
ICING – Adding not to the answer gives NOTICING (discernment).
4 Germ-free, as shown by detailed check after a month (7)
ASEPTIC – The A from the clue, an abbreviation for September followed by a word for a check mark with the final letter removed (detailed).
5 Regulars in tears about spilled pint – that’s too bad (4,3)
TANT PIS – The odd letters (regulars) in TeArS go around an anagram (spilled) of PINT.
6 Arrived, and left on song, having bagged husband material (9)
CAMELHAIR – A four letter word meaning arrived followed by the abbreviation for left go on top of a three letter word for a song all of which go around (having bagged) the abbreviation for husband.
7 Hollywood’s Paris in the Spring? Au contraire (3)
SPA – The answer is hidden in Hollywood’S PAris. The au contraire tells us that the wordplay is reversed from the order given in the clue.
10 Crossword’s recent milestone (not clued cryptically) (3-2)
TON-UP – A build your own reversal clue! How NOT could be clued in a cryptic crossword to produce the centenary last December of the cryptic crossword.
11 Bug with exotic name like ‘the Continental Disease’ (6,7)
GERMAN MEASLES – A four letter word for a bug followed by an anagram (exotic) of NAME, a two letter word meaning like and the French (continental) for the. The whole clue gives a definition of the answer.
15 Classic Jaws feature showing when staff upped and left before end of film (6,3)
DORSAL FIN – A to letter word meaning when and a three letter word for staff or a stick are reversed (upped) and followed by the abbreviation of left and the French word for finished sometimes seen at the end of a film.
18 Trunk or part thereof (5)
CHEST – On its own a container and a part of the trunk as the body region.
19 A brutal criminal ordered into cells (7)
TABULAR – An anagram (criminal) of A BRUTAL.
20 Airborne infantry circling Germany and Eastern Marches (7)
PARADES – A five letter word for airborne infantry goes around (circling) the IVR code for Germany and the abbreviation for eastern.
21 Female superhero (4,3)
IRON MAN – Split the FE / MALE and to give the metal and the second part of the answer.
24 Borders of Essex and Cambridgeshire left to be distinguished (5)
EXCEL – The outer letters (borders of) EsseX and CambridgeshirE followed by the abbreviation for left (its third appearance in this crossword!).
26 Reflect when millions are lacking employment (3)
USE – Remove the M (millions) from a word meaning to reflect.