NTSPP – 273
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Many thanks to Gazza for entertaining us Ray T style. I don’t know about you but I found this on the tough side, taking longer than most Toughies take to solve. There is a Nina around the perimeter of the grid with the title of an autobiographical play by John Mortimer.
5 Spanish chap’s not about to invest in Queen Victoria’s style diamonds (6)
RHOMBI – A Spanish word for a man loses the RE (not about) at the end and the remaining letters go inside (invest in) the a style or title of Queen Victoria (Regina Imperatrix – Queen and Empress).
7 Leaving harbour to crush a soft foe … (3,2,3)
OFF TO SEA – An anagram (to crush) of A SOFT FOE.
9 … by all means. Crew comes round, seeing sense (8)
EYESIGHT – A word for a rowing crew goes around a word meaning “by all means”.
10 Fancy man on Long Island … (6)
LIKING – A man or piece on a chessboard goes after (on in an across clue) the abbreviation for Long Island.
11 … approved of restrained look (4,2,6)
HELD IN REGARD – A two word phrase meaning restrained followed by a word meaning look.
13 Non-professional proxy symbolises change in Japan (3,3)
TEN YEN – Remove the three letter abbreviation for professional from proxy and expand the remaining letters from the abbreviations to words.
15 Get the message concerning boxing – very violent (6)
SEVERE – A word meaning “get the message” or understand is followed by a two letter word meaning on or concerning and this goes around (boxing) the abbreviation for very.
18 Being attractive to reptiles, pole dancing can make her rich initially (5,7)
SNAKE CHARMER – One of the poles (as in a compass direction) is followed by an anagram (dancing) of CAN MAKE HER R (rich initially).
21 Virtually nothing put in charity tin at first (6)
ALMOST – The letter representing nothing goes inside a word for charity and this is followed by the first letter of tin.
22 Get turned on by students’ tango in carnival city though disheartened beforehand (6,2)
THRILL TO – The outer letters (disheartened) of though go before the repeated abbreviation for student (as students is in the plural) and the letter in the NATO phonetic alphabet for Tango, these letter being inside (in) a Brazilian city noted for carnivals.
23 Promoted and introduced to beer down under? (8)
FOSTERED – A double definition, part cryptic and fanciful, the second definition being a way of saying someone might have been given a particular brand of Australian beer.
24 Carriage and pair from Austria trail last in trial (6)
LANDAU – The AND from the clue and the first pair of letters from Austria go after (trail) the last letter in trial.
1 In a funny way morning exercise does limit your openings (8)
AMUSEDLY – The abbreviation for morning followed by a word meaning exercise and the first letters (openings) of Does Limit Your.
2 Chaste high-flier … (6)
VIRGIN – A double definition, the high –flyer being Richard Branson’s airline.
3 … dumps dude with no capital and piles (8)
OFFLOADS – A word for a dude or upper-class person has the first letter removed (with no capital) and this is followed by a word meaning piles (as in lots of something).
4 Portion of curry or kedgeree sent to the pavilion? (6)
YORKED – The answer is hidden in CURRY OR KEDGEREE.
6 Coward’s acts that can bring tears to one’s eyes (3,5)
HAY FEVER – A seasonal disorder that brings tears and sneezing the spring and summer is also the name of a play (consisting of several acts) by Noel Coward.
7 First Open University exam has directions written upside down (6)
OUTSET – The abbreviation for Open University followed by a word for an exam with the inner letters (which are compass directions) in opposite order (written upside down).
8 On Geordieland sign of indecision can get the bird (4)
ERNE – A verbal sound indicating indecision followed by the area of the country where Geordies are to be found.
12 Teenager turned to drink … (5,3)
GREEN TEA – An anagram (turned) of TEENAGER.
14 … not far off end of school holidays? (4-4)
NEAR-TERM – A semi-&lit clue. An expression meaning not far-off also cryptically means not far off the end of the school holidays.
16 Victor nearly messed up embracing new sweetheart among the troops (4,4)
VERA LYNN – The abbreviation for Victor followed by an anagram (messed up) of NEARLY around the abbreviation for new.
17 Put in the shade, Norman is having a nap (6)
BESTED – The French (Norman) word for “is” goes inside a word meaning having a nap. If you are wondering where the containment indicator is, if you are having a nap you are possibly IN ???.
18 Special place to go for youngster with zits? (6)
SPOTTY – The abbreviation for special followed by an item used by toddlers to go to the loo.
19 Usher in Prince and Duke to entertain first lady (6)
HERALD – An term for Prince Henry followed by the abbreviation for Duke around the abbreviation for the Queen (first lady).
20 Too wrapped up in Hello’s lacklustre content? (4)
ALSO – The answer is hidden and reversed (wrapped up in … content) in HELLOS LACKLUSTER.