NTSPP – 262
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1 Moment of anxiety in coach when grating sound heard from the rear (7,3,4)
SQUEAKY BUM TIME – A cryptic definition of the edge of the seat moment at the end of the season coined by Sir Alex Ferguson.
10 Horny thing essentially beset by early signs of real obliteration (5)
RHINO – The inner letters (essentially) of “thing” have the first letters (early signs) of Real Obliteration put around them (beset by). If horny on its own is the definition, an adjective is defining a noun. If thing is part of the definition, it is doing double duty as part of the wordplay too.
11 Misconstrue why heartless Italian prepared ambush (3,2,4)
LAY IN WAIT – An anagram (misconstrue) of WY (why heartless or without its middle letter) ITALIAN.
12 Combine to take advantage of the sunshine? (4,3)
MAKE HAY – Double definition, the first being what a combine harvester does.
13 Press release by PM at one point stopped early gossip (7)
PRATTLE – The abbreviation for press release followed by the surname of Sir Clement with the final letter removed (stopped early).
14 Southwest Airlines entertain one on flight (5)
STAIR – The answer is hidden inside (entertain – should this be entertains?) SOUTHWEST AIRLINES.
16 Divorced wife failed to adjust, abandoning daughter to be a scrubber (9)
EXFOLIATE – A two letter word for a former wife followed by an anagram (adjust) of FAILED TO after removing the D (abandoning daughter).
19 Revolutionary speculates about head of state’s military headgear (3,6)
RED BERETS – The colour associated with a left wing revolutionary followed by a four letter word for speculates or gambles around the abbreviation for the Queen (head of state).
20 Following a record recession South Africa’s getting square (5)
PLAZA – Reverse (recession) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for a long playing record and follow this with the IVR code for South Africa.
22 Thump Conservative tosser (7)
CLOBBER – The one letter abbreviation for conservative followed by a word for someone who throws something.
25 Draw round oven for hot snack (7)
TOASTIE – Another word for a draw in a football or other game goes around an oven where hops are prepared.
27 Runs in excitement to hear radio (9)
DIARRHOEA – An anagram (excitement to) HEAR RADIO.
28 Bishop is a poser and gets heated when lying (5)
BASKS – The one letter abbreviation for Bishop followed by a word meaning poses a question.
29 Cover for hunter or detective? (11,3)
DEERSTALKER HAT – A thinly veiled cryptic definition of the type of hat worn by Sherlock Holmes.
2 Brisk rub down offering a spot of risk (9)
QUICKSAND – A word meaning brisk or fast followed by a word meaning to rub down or smooth a surface.
3 Local line loops round outside quiet period (5)
EPOCH – Reverse (loops around) the line on the floor used by darts players in the pub (local line) around the abbreviation for quiet.
4 House number one (6,3)
KELLYS EYE – The phrase used in Bingo (house) for the number one.
5 With nothing to be lost encourage to acquire the lot (3,2)
BUY UP – Remove the O (with nothing to be lost) from an expression meaning to encourage.
6 Lot of underwear problems experienced by accident-prone drinker? (4,1,4)
MANY A SLIP – The first part of the expression that ends twixt the cup and lip could indicate lots of underwear.
7 To nod off during sex is tactless (5)
INAPT – A word meaning to nod off inside a two letter euphemism for sex.
8 Desperate old lover may possibly hold maiden captive (7)
EXTREME – A word letter word for an old lover (very similar to 16a) followed by the type of plant of which May is an example around the abbreviation for maiden. I think that the convention is that setters can capitalise a word to mislead but should not put a proper noun (such as the name of the tree) into lower case to do so.
9 My doctor’s gripped by baseless obsession (6)
CRUMBS – A two letter abbreviation for Bachelor of Medicine (doctor) inside (gripped by) a word for obsession with the final H removed (baseless).
15 Beer marks disfigured boards (not for the first time) (2-7)
RE-EMBARKS – An anagram (disfigured) of BEER MARKS.
17 Sprinter hopes for this record after Ramadan say (4,5)
FAST TRACK – Another word for a record or piece of music after what people do during Ramadan as a period of abstinence.
18 Incontinent, slovenly Santa probably murdered Grand Duchess! (9)
ANASTASIA – In the name of a continent (incontinent – reviewer sucks through gritted teeth) add an anagram (slovenly) of SANTA.
19 Retired and made a fresh start on the lawn, rumour has it (7)
RECEDED – A homophone (rumour has it) of RE-SEEDED (made a fresh start on lawn).
21 Language is moderated to camouflage long-lived discrimination (6)
AGEISM – The answer is hidden inside (to camouflage) LANGUAGE IS MODERATED.
23 Periodically you’ve a stye looking like an egg (5)
OVATE – The even letters (periodically) of YOU’VE A STYE
24 Southern port that’s fine for Bavarian wine (5)
RIOJA – A South American port followed by the German for yes.
26 Room has no central heating – see that as a warning (5)
AMBER – Remove the abbreviation for central heating from the front of a word meaning a room.