NTSPP – 308
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Our thanks to Wiglaf for an enjoyable crossword. The review has been delayed as it is my eldest son’s 18th birthday today and the obligatory visit to the pub was in order. He needs plenty more practice!
1 Lethal characters fighting alongside soldiers of normal intelligence (3,5)
ALL THERE – An anagram (characters fighting) of LETHAL followed by (alongside) the abbreviation for Royal Engineers (soldiers).
5 Special desserts and flavourings (6)
SPICES – A two letter abbreviation for special followed by a type of cold dessert.
9 Delay in trade union support and guidance (8)
TUTELAGE – A three letter word meaning delay inside the abbreviation for trade union and a type of support used by golfers.
10 Fermat’s last problem is absorbing stuff (6)
TISSUE – The final letter (last) of Fermat followed by another word for a problem.
12 They took care of Caligula etc using a drug preparation quietly dropped in a cocktail (10,5)
PRAETORIAN GUARD – An anagram (in a cocktail) of A DRUG REPARATION (the P – quietly dropped being removed from preparation).
13 DiMaggio periodically visited a villain (4)
IAGO – The even letters (periodically visited) of DIMAGGIO.
14 Son, visiting large Spanish island, left note – a series of them (5,5)
MAJOR SCALE – The abbreviation for son inside the name of a large Spanish island followed by the abbreviation for left and a note on the musical scale.
17 Clown reluctant to talk about some teachers in stall (7,3)
COCONUT SHY – A four letter name of a clown followed by a word meaning reluctant to talk all around the abbreviation for Nation Union of Teachers (teachers).
18 Festival presenting Trotsky retrospective? (4)
NOEL – Reverse (retrospective) the first name of Trotsky.
20 Debauched hedonist hugs Peter during gathering? Take precautions (2,2,3,4,4)
BE ON THE SAFE SIDE – Another word for a peter (a secure box) inside an anagram (debauched) of HEDONIST inside another word for a gathering traditionally associated with spelling competitions.
23 Rotter defaced toy (6)
TINKER – Remove the leading S (defaced) from a word for a rotter.
24 Hello! Aussie bounder has caught blasted emperor (8)
HIROHITO – A two letter word for a greeting followed by the informal name of an Australian animal (bouncer) inside which (has caught) another word meaning blasted.
25 See the money in Dubai that’s shelled out for institute (6)
DURHAM – Dirham (the currency used in Dubai with the I (Institute) replaced by the U in out (shelled).
26 My itch to gain attention met with a premature end (6,2)
DEARIE ME – A three letter word for itch (as in to *** for) includes (to gain) a three letter word for attention followed by the met from the clue with the final letter removed (with a premature end).
1 A competition to eat tons and behave badly (3,2)
ACT UP – The A from the clue and another word for a competition includes (to eat) the abbreviation for tons.
2 Sluggish service at Charing Cross? That’s not new (9)
LETHARGIC – A service in tennis that requires a new serve followed by an anagram (cross) of CHARING with the N removed (that’s not new).
3 Keep Lady Day for indulging in passionate love (4,2)
HOLD TO – The abbreviation for Lady Day inside another word for passionate an the letter representing love.
4 He sings Ravel retrogradely (5,7)
ROGER DALTREY – An anagram (ravel) of RETROGRADELY.
6 Puritanical nonsense written about English actress (8)
PRIGGISH – A four letter word for nonsense around (written about) the name of the Avengers English actress Diana ****.
7 Damage a rib (5)
COSTA – Another word for the price of something (damage) followed by the A from the clue.
8 Veronica‘s fit to join expedition (9)
SPEEDWELL – A word meaning fit or health after (to join) a word meaning expedition or haste.
11 Sharia police disrupted work in parish (12)
PAROCHIALISE – An anagram (disrupted) of SHARIA POLICE.
13 Copper in endless debate gets heated? Just so (9)
INCUBATED – The chemical symbol for copper inside an anagram (gets heated) of IN DEBAT (endless debate). The just so points back the the heated so we require a solution for this.
15 Native undressed for doctor, at home in Lincoln? (9)
ABORIGINE – The central letter (undressed) of for and word meaning to doctor or fix something in a crooked way and a word meaning at home all inside the informal name of Abraham Lincoln.
16 Rock anthem in Carmen? It’s an abomination (8)
ANATHEMA – An anagram (rock) of ANTHEM inside the abbreviation for Automobile Association (car-men).
19 A roundabout way from Belgrade to Uruguay (6)
DETOUR – The answer is hidden inside BELGRADE TO URUGUAY.
21 Proprietor with unique houses and highest in rent (5)
OWNER – The abbreviation for with inside a word meaning unique followed by the final letter (highest in) of rent.
22 Call up mainly just to check agreement (5)
EVOKE – A word meaning just with the final letter removed (mainly) goes around (to check) a two letter informal for signifying agreement.