NTSPP – 268
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1 Document backup from PC with durable binding (4,4)
HARD COPY – A five letter word meaning durable goes around (binding) three letter word for a policeman.
5 Seaman and rower departing on a boat (6)
ABOARD – The abbreviation for an able seaman followed by three letter word for a rower and the abbreviation for departing. Chambers gives only “departs” for the abbreviation.
10 Businessman I bump into circling round posh island (9)
MAURITIUS – A four letter word for a businessman (from what he wears), the I from the clue and a three letter word meaning bump into around (circulating) the abbreviation for posh are all reversed (round).
11 Womenswear absorbing and dividing Britain? (5)
BURKA – The abbreviation for United Kingdom (Britain) is split and put separately in an item of womenswear. To quote Wikipedia “The UK’s full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain comprises only England, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is the largest island of the British Isles.” Therefore is Britain a synonym for the United Kingdom – discuss!
12 Part of a duet, a piece to harmonise con dolore (7)
SECONDO – The answer is hidden in (a piece to) HARMONISE CON DOLORE.
13 Bag in corridor packed by ex (7)
HOLDALL – A word meaning ex or former goes inside (packed by) another word for a corridor.
14 Chemist let off steam volubly (5)
BOYLE – A homophone (volubly) of boil (let off steam).
15 Latched on to smash four runs and another six off the track (9)
DECATHALON – An anagram (to smash) of LATCHED ON for a series of ten track and field events.
17 Rope’s swinging with dead outlaw (9)
DESPERADO – An anagram (swinging) of ROPES DEAD.
19 Novice outputs of mine are lacking definition (2-3)
LO-RES – The abbreviation for a learner or novice goes inside the word do described the rocks extracted from a mine. The construction wordplay are definition jars slightly.
21 Goods shipped abroad out of harbours (7)
EXPORTS – A two letter prefix meaning out of followed by another word for harbours.
23 Warning, verbal, after being half-cut all the time (7)
FOREVER – A warning shouted on the golf course followed by one half of the word verbal.
25 Exercise is a bit boring (5)
DRILL – Double definition time for a word for an army exercise and the bit that is used when boring holes.
26 Represented as labour but not charged? (9)
UNIONISED – A double definition for having organised workers groups and, if looked at as 2-7, meaning without having ions that carry electrical charges.
27 Go back inside nomad’s tent for fermented milk (6)
YOGURT – Reverse (back) the GO from the clue and put it inside another word for a nomad’s tent.
28 Measures against delinquents hanging round estate, a hazard in some buildings (8)
ASBESTOS – The abbreviation for anti-social behavioural orders goes around the abbreviation for an estate.
1 Rotten smell American leaves after decomposing (5)
HUMUS – A three letter word for a rotten smell followed by the abbreviation for United States.
2 Risqué but unverifiable letter penned by a puzzling ‘Mr T’ (7)
RAUNCHY – … if you don’t solve the back page Telegraph crossword and read the blog to know the identity of the Thursday setters you are at an immediate disadvantage with this clue! A word for an unchecked square in a crossword is included in (penned by) the first name of Mr Terrell, one of the unnamed setters of the back page crossword in the Daily Telegraph.
3 Tell niece off for patronising people (9)
CLIENTELE – An anagram (off) of TELL NIECE.
4 Monk’s holding mass over Internet connection about very origins of life (10,4)
PRIMORDIAL SOUP – The abbreviation for mass goes inside another word for a monk who runs an abbey goes on top of (over) a phrase (4-2) for an internet connection around an two letter word meaning very.
6 Confused speech of infant the earliest sign of language (5)
BABEL – A four letter word for an infant followed by the first letter (earliest sign of) language.
7 Letters in ‘plane’ sorted for a foreign country (7)
AIRMAIL – A cryptic definition of overseas post?
8 No more rows? I shouldn’t miss them but I do (9)
DEADLINES – Split 4,5 this might mean no more rows or tiers.
9 Welsh factories supply direct (2,3,4,5)
AS THE CROW FLIES – An anagram (supply) of WELSH FACTORIES.
14 The penny-drop moment of the year? (6,3)
BUDGET DAY – A cryptic reference to the even when the Chancellor knocked a penny of the pint of beer.
16 Ability to stomach cereal and not nuts (9)
TOLERANCE – An anagram (nuts) of CEREAL NOT.
18 What the Big Apple used to be — a place to croon about? (7)
SAPLING – A word meaning to croon or make vocal music goes around the abbreviation for place.
20 Rebounding from tonsillitis, I’ve romance to get back to (7)
REVISIT – The answer is hidden and reversed inside TONSILLITIS IVE ROMANCE.
22 King in trouble regularly with Queen? (5)
RULER – The regular (even) letters of trouble followed by the abbreviation for Queen Elizabeth.
24 Goings-on at the fair? (5)
RIDES – A cryptic definition of things you go on at a fair or theme park.