NTSPP – 281
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1 Cryptically f-female, attractive to laddish types, … (1,3,2,5)
A BIT OF FLUFF – An inverse clue that might be how the setter would clue the initial letter of a word beginning with F with the full phrase describing a female attractive to laddish types.
7 … could be Mrs Buck (3)
DOE – The name given to a female rabbit sounds like another word for money (buck).
9 Note to go and reserve accommodation? (5)
TEPEE – … accommodation on a native American reserve. A two letter word being a musical note followed by a three letter word meaning to go (as in urinate).
10 Sheltered home’s behind schedule in the south of France (9)
INSULATED – A two letter word meaning home followed by the French for South containing a word meaning behind schedule.
11 Graduate’s mixing salt with ice to make a lot of cold water (6,3)
BALTIC SEA – A two letter abbreviation for a graduate followed by an anagram (mixing) of SALT ICE.
12 Paddy’s retiring, leaving an opening for trainee barman? (5)
ELGAR – Reverse (retiring) a word for a paddy or fit of temper and include (leaving an opening for) the abbreviation for trainee.
13 Taxi is ordered after husband got shot in the crowd? (3,1,3)
HIT A SIX – The abbreviation for hospital followed by an anagram (ordered) for TAXI IS.
15 Rosy prospect at last for dummy (4)
TEAT – The drink that Cockneys refer to a Rosy or Rosie Lee followed by the final letter (at last) of prospect.
18 Investigates cracks in temporary housing (4)
DIGS – A triple definintion.
20 Western boycott’s biting on South Africa (7)
BONANZA – Another word for a boycott includes (biting) the ON from the clue and this is then followed by the IVR code for South Africa.
23 Disorientated in the main (2,3)
AT SEA – A gentle double definition.
24 A versatile, intrusive almost, type of defence … (9)
ANTIVIRUS – The A from the clue followed by an anagram (versatile) of INTRUSIV (the almost telling us to remove the final letter).
26 … not a biker contrived to enter illegally (5,4)
BREAK INTO – An anagram (contrived) of NOT A BIKER.
27 Cross over being harassed by tramp standing out at the front (5)
BUXOM – The letter representing a cross and the abbreviation of over have another word for a tramp around them (being harassed by).
28 Hotel’s out of order to hound slippery customer (3)
EEL – Remove the abbreviation for hotel from an instruction or order that you might give to a dog or hound.
29 Seized by governor, this landmass is about half of southern state (5,6)
NORTH ISLAND – The answer is hidden in (seized by) GOVERNOR THIS LANDMASS.
1 Way for Merkel to put her foot down? (8)
AUTOBAHN – Where Angela Merkel might speed along in her car.
2 Setter’s respectful? Just the opposite (8)
IMPOLITE – A two letter word for “the setter’s” followed by another word meaning respectful to give the opposite of respectful.
3 Signs of possible corruption cropped up in senile boardroom (5)
OBELI – printers signs… The answer is hidden in and reversed (cropped up in) SENILE BOARDROOM.
4 Woman‘s respectable relations (4,3)
FAIR SEX – A word meaning respectable followed by a word meaning carnal relations.
5 New-fangled company that delivers the pictures in Yorkshire? (7)
UPSTART – The name of an international delivery company followed by the way that someone in Yorkshire might say “the art”.
6 Treacherous French promise of fresh start coming to nothing (5,4)
FALSE DAWN – A word meaning treacherous followed by the surname of the comedienne ms French (as a definition by example this should really have been indicated!)
7 Party game for children has resurgence finally following years of decline (6)
DOTAGE – A two letter word for a party followed by a game played by children and the final letter of resurgence.
8 Denture needs repair – it’s no time to suffer (6)
ENDURE – An anagram of DENTURE after removing the T (it has no time).
14 Outrageously Alan Arkin’s sacked a native islander (3,6)
SRI LANKAN – An anagram (outrageously) of ALAN ARKINS after removing the second A (sacked A).
16 Condition man for sex via cutting out starters (8)
ANOREXIA – Remove the first letters (cutting out starters) from [M]AN [F]OR [S]EX [V]IA.
17 Freed from captivity, an unspecified number get seduced by money (8)
RANSOMED – Four letter word meaning an unspecified number inside (seduced by) the currency (money) of South Africa.
19 One pictures old queen amongst the dons (7)
SCANNER – The name of an old queen inside the abbreviation for Senior Common Room (dons).
20 What’s that about Communist undermining British pledge? (7)
BETROTH – A two letter word meaning “what’s that” goes around a four letter word for a communist and this goes under (undermining) the abbreviation for British.
21 Ken’s beloved pub starts to bring in entertainers (6)
BARBIE – Another word for a pub followed by the initial letters (starts to) of Bring In Entertainers.
22 A mount gets to boot … (2,4)
AS WELL – The A from the clue followed by a word meaning mount or increase.
25 … jockeys harbouring black feelings (5)
VIBES – A word meaning jockeys or contents includes (harbouring) the abbreviation for black.