NTSPP – 286
Work, Work, Work by Soup
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Across 7 Worked out action, imprisoning French nobleman (7)
DEDUCED – A word for an action or exploit goes around (imprisoning) the French for duke.
8 Song put worker on edge (6)
ANTHEM – A three letter word for an insect worker followed by a word for the edge of a garment.
10 Soup puzzle is quite some work (4)
OPUS – An anagram (puzzle) of SOUP.
11 See something positive after working away from the studio (2,8)
ON LOCATION – A two letter word meaning working followed by a two letter word meaning see and another word for a positively charged particle.
12 Pitched working title to leading director (6)
TILTED – An anagram (working) of TITLE followed by the abbreviation for director.
14 Support worker with banter (8)
HANDRAIL – A four letter word for a worker followed by a word meaning to banter.
15 Way of working disrupts a British river plant (7)
ANEMONE – The abbreviation for modus operandi (way of working) goes inside the A from the clue and the name of a British river.
17 Writes again; mistakenly orders worktop (7)
REWORDS – An anagram (mistaken) of ORDERS W (the W being the top of work – allegedly!)
20 Sprang up at work: upset Rod (8) S
PROUTED – An anagram (work) of UPSET ROD.
22 Summary: “get back to work!” (6)
RESUME – A double definition and homograph – words that are spelled the same but with a different pronunciation.
23 Queen indoors, cutting out working (10)
EXERCISING – The regnal cipher of the current queen inside (indoors) a word meaning cutting out.
24 The French, with axes, are work-shy (4)
LAZY – The French feminine singular for “the” followed by two of the axes on a three-dimensional graph.
25 Work Ron ostensibly covers for important Greek figure (6)
KRONOS – The answer is hidden inside (covers) WORK RON OSTENSIBLY.
26 Plant official stops work (7)
TREFOIL – The abbreviation for a football official inside (stops) a word meaning work.
1 Taking on a party with controversial point (8)
ADOPTION – The A from the clue followed by a two letter word for a party and an anagram (controversial) of POINT.
2 Evens? Possibly… not? (4)
ODDS – Evens is an example of what may be offered at the bookies but which sounds the opposite.
3 Harmony with a note repeated – or another (6)
ACCORD – The A from the clue (for the third time) followed by a repeated note on the musical scale, the OR from the clue and another musical note.
4 Playing lead character from overseas at London theatre (7)
ADELPHI – An anagram (playing) of LEAD followed by a character of the Greek alphabet.
5 Expressed no feeling at birth (8)
NASCENCE – A homophone (expressed) of NAY (no) SENSE (feeling). Perhaps Scotsman expressed might have been a little fairer here.
6 Talks about bringing up Arab found in a palace? (10)
STATEROOMS – A word meaning talks around four letter word for a North African Arab which has been reversed (bringing up).
9 In the middle of tea, dined alone, sucking big mushroom (5)
ENOKI – The middle letters of the fifth to ninth words in the clue.
13 Bullish, taking on unruly mob: can it be beaten? (10)
TAMBOURINE – A word meaning bullish (from the star sign) around (takes on) an anagram (unruly) of MOB.
16 King Cole draws tomahawk, at the tip most sharp (8)
NATTIEST – The first name of the singer King Cole followed by a word meaning draws (as in a game) and the first letter (at the tip) of Tomahawk.
18 Girls confine blackbirds, but not for all to see (8)
DAMOZELS – A word meaning confine or hold back followed by another (archaic) word for blackbirds with the U removed (but not for all to see).
19 Did cast perform for fans? (7)
ADDICTS – An anagram (perform) of DID CAST.
21 Spooner reported weak/average animators (5)
PIXAR – I can see the PAR for average and the Spoonerism is to swap the words weak and average so that the PAR is divided by IX. Where IX comes from is a mystery. Maybe IX is one over the eight or some strange mathematical operator. Hopefully Soup will enlighten us.
22 Sadly remember rare (largely extinct) white heron (6)
REGRET – The first letter (largely extinct) of rare followed by the name of a white heron.
24 Ransack as look-out regularly drops off (4)
LOOT – The odd letters (regularly drops off) in LoOk OuT.