NTSPP – 305
A Puzzle by Gazza
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Apologies for the late review. A busy weekend with two services, Christmas lights and decorations to put up and domestic duties have delayed its production.
1 Spooner’s startled his chef and ruined his chances (6,3,5)
COOKED HIS GOOSE – Reverse the initial sounds (Spooner’s) of goosed (startled) his cook (chef). A little cheeky that the whole of the second word replaced the first part of the second.
10 Absolute quiet’s wanted in club (5)
UTTER – Remove (wanted) the abbreviation for quiet from a type of golf club.
11 Thumping victory by government crushes totally opposition party leaders (9)
WALLOPING – A three letter word for victory and the abbreviation for good go around (crushes) another word for totally and the initial letters (leaders) of opposition and party.
12 Older females on the prowl are a scourge not fully resolved (7)
COUGARS – An anagram (resolved) of A SCOURG (scourge not fully indicating removing the final letter).
13 Rhyming lines penned by Matt Tuck? (7)
TRIPLET – Inside (penned by) MaTT Tuck are three letters that give the answer when spelled out.
14 Boozer’s in charge of Brazilian region (5)
PUBIC – Another word for a public house followed by the abbreviation for in charge. Not a clue to provide an illustration for.
16 Begrudges poor people organising a sweep? (9)
DEBUGGERS – An anagram (poor) of BEGRUDGES.
19 Insinuates about players making heaps on the ground (9)
WORMCASTS – A five letter word for insinuates goes around a word for actors or players.
20 Met founder in discussions covering introduction of damage control (5)
PEDAL – A homophone (in discussions) of the founder of the Metropolitan Police goes around the first letter (introduction of) damage.
22 Pan made of base metal’s neither English nor European (7)
LAMBAST – An anagram (made of) BAS MTAL – base metal without the Es (English and European).
25 “Moore put that up” muttered Cockney intellectual (7)
EYEBROW – How Roger Moore acted by raising part of his body (no tittering there at the back) is how a Cockney would say highbrow (intellectual).
27 Flash motor car attracts new bird (9)
CORMORANT – An anagram (flash) of MOTOR CAR with the abbreviation for new inside.
28 Scrap of stage curtain’s pulled back to provide respite (5)
TRUCE – The answer is hidden (scrap of) and reverse (pulled back) inside STAGE CURTAIN.
29 Single US soldier in any pub’s unsafe – a butt to get conned (3,1,3,2,1,4)
BUY A PIG IN A POKE – The letter representing one (single) and the abbreviation for a US soldier go inside an anagram (unsafe) of ANY PUB then follow this with the A from the clue and another word for butt or nudge.
2 Striking miners (a third from Berkshire) are in a majority (9)
OUTNUMBER – A phrase 3,3 suggesting striking miners followed by the first three letters (a third from) Berkshire.
3 Smuggling weapon in car brings retribution (5)
KARMA – A three letter word for a weapon inside a two letter name of a Ford car.
4 Negative aspects of teams being relegated? (9)
DOWNSIDES – Split 4,5 this word would suggest teams dropping from a higher to a lower league.
5 Small atoll has a tenant (5)
ISLET – Split 2, 3 this word suggest that a property has a tenant.
6 Wound in body’s getting bigger (7,2)
GROWING UP – A four letter word for wound goes inside a five letter word for a body or assembly of people.
7 College window (5)
ORIEL – Double definition of a type of window and an Oxford college.
8 Home Secretary supports cardinal in divisions (7)
EIGHTHS – The abbreviation for Home Secretary goes underneath a cardinal number to give a word for divisions or fractions.
9 Centre covering that hides driver’s nuts (6)
HUBCAP – A cryptic definition of the part of the car that covers the wheel nuts.
15 Tip a band to be on top of the world (4-1-4)
COCK-A-HOOP – A word meaning tip, the A from the clue and a word meaning a band.
17 Get bowled over by top cricket side (catching little) (2,5,2)
BE SWEET ON – A four-letter word meaning top and a side on the cricket field includes (catching) a three letter word meaning little).
18 Flier composed by left-winger that’s upset over nothing (5,4)
EIDER DUCK – The colour for the left-wing and the abbreviation for that is are reversed (upset) and followed by a cricketing term for nothing.
19 Movement raised novice to be young philanderer? (4,3)
WOLF CUB – Reverse (raised) another word for a tide, current or movement and follow this with another word for a novice.
21 Inconspicuous island liable to flooding? (3-3)
LOW-KEY – The type of island of the Florida coast that would be most prone to flooding.
23 Drunken Conservative comes in for Queen’s forgiveness (5)
MERCY – A five letter word for drunken has the one of the letters that is an abbreviation for a queen replaced by the single letter abbreviation for conservative.
24 Fly over houses with vibrating sound (5)
TWANG – Reverse (over) a type of fly and include (houses) the abbreviation for with.
26 Polish off the claret you sip intermittently (3,2)
EAT UP – Every third letter (intermittently) of THE CLARET YOU SIP.