NTSPP – 306
Rowdy Dogs by Windsurfer
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Windsurfer has included the names of seven setters of the Telegraph Toughie in the solutions as well as Telegraph and Toughie. The themed entries are shown with an asterisk.
*9 Large relative keeping bit for gradual assimilation (7)
OSMOSIS – The abbreviation for oversized (large) and an informal way of saying sister (relative) includes (keeping) a word for a short period of time (bit).
10 University man is neat, Fleming catches on (7)
OXONIAN – A type of cattle (neat) followed by the first name of the author Fleming includes (catches) the ON from the clue.
11 Before church, Cliff’s loose bottom produces horrible sound (7)
SCREECH – The name for the loose stones at the bottom of a cliff followed by an abbreviation for church.
*12 In spite of everything first husband is lost; that’s a difficult situation (7)
TOUGHIE – Another word for in spite of everything has the first H (husband) removed and this is followed by the abbreviation for that is.
*13 Daily is great help when organised (9)
TELEGRAPH – An anagram (when organised) of GREAT HELP.
*15 Composer of the Spanish newspaper reactionary (5)
ELGAR – The Spanish for the followed by a reversal (reactionary) of a three letter word for a downmarket paper.
16 Sailor (retired journalist) removed from a reminder accidentally (7)
MARINER – An anagram (accidentally) of A REMINDER after removing the reversed (retired) abbreviation for a newspaper editor (journalist).
19 No longer active, old wife can cohabit without being stuffed (7)
EXTINCT – A two letter word for an old or former wife followed by another word for a can and the outer letters (without being stuffed) of cohabit.
20 Engineers excluded from rally insurance (5)
COVER – Remove (excluded) the abbreviation for Royal Engineers from another word meaning rally or get better.
*21 Sword‘s former quality, say (9)
EXCALIBUR – An two letter word for former followed by a homophone (say) of calibre (quality).
*25 Singer‘s unseemly brawl in front of English rabbi (7)
WARBLER – An anagram (unseemly) of BRAWL followed by the abbreviations for English and Rabbi.
26 The end result of a punctilious mathematician? (4,3)
TIDY SUM – A cryptic definition of figures neatly presented. Although the cryptic definition defines the subsidiary parts of the answer, I am not wholly convinced it is a cryptic definition of the whole.
28 Holding liqueur as I abandon continental land (7)
EURASIA – The answer is hidden (holding) in LIQUEUR AS I ABANDON.
29 Unappealing air of mature Conservative (3,4)
OLD FART – A double definition.
1 Sounds like key group is restricted by this (6)
CORSET – A homophone of core (sound like key) followed by another word for a group.
2 In the morning exam is unethical (6)
AMORAL – The abbreviation for the morning hours followed by a type of spoken exam.
3 Some quarrel; Sicilian retreating to Sardinia, for example (4)
ISLE – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (retreating) in QUARREL SICILIAN.
4 A good man, king, with a disorder (6)
ASTHMA – The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for saint (good man) and the abbreviation for His Majesty (king) and the final A from the clue.
5 Shuffle perhaps as hose tangled with feet inside (4-4)
SOFT-SHOE – A type of dancing also referred to as shuffle from another word meaning as and an anagram (tangled) of HOSE with the abbreviation for feet inside.
6 Big day, the second of Euclidean arithmetic? (10)
MONUMENTAL – The abbreviation for Monday followed by the second letter of Euclidian and a type of arithmetic.
7 Russian fighter, a neutral German I imprisoned for state (8)
MICHIGAN – The name of a Russian jet fighter, the A from the clue and the abbreviation for neutral includes (imprisoned) the German word for I.
8 Performing, screen it without an audience (2,6)
IN SECRET – An anagram (performing) of SCREEN IT.
14 Commander looks at pronouncement to make a broad statement (10)
GENERALISE – A rank of an army commander followed by a homophone (pronouncement) of eyes (looks at).
*16 Debtor making Stone’s craft brew (8)
MICAWBER – A type of silica stone followed by an anagram (craft) of BREW.
17 Ruthless at first, Queen’s always dividing worshippers (8)
REVERERS – The first letter of ruthless followed by the abbreviation for the current Queen including the s (from Queen’s) inside which you include (dividing) another word meaning always.
18 Right upset? Be ready for food (3,5)
RYE BREAD – The abbreviation for right followed by an anagram (upset) of BE READY.
22 Fleece with too much filling fabric (6)
COTTON – A word meaning fleece or take for a ride includes the abbreviation for over the top (too much).
*23 He takes uniform holidays (6)
BUSMAN – A cryptic definition
24 Lou nearly adopted French word for “channel-hopper” (6)
REMOTE – The surname of the singer Lou with the final letter removed (nearly) include the French for word.
*27 Father’s repeated movement (4)
DADA – The two letter word for Father repeated.