NTSPP – 312
Celebration by Windsurfer
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Once you twig the theme and the venue for the celebrations, the themed entries go in fairly easily.
1 Time for 29/18 (8)
SATURDAY – The date on which the birthday party takes place.
5 Wally at large is seduced by male, providing a great deal of trouble (6)
HASSLE – Another word for a wally or fool followed by the abbreviation for large inside a pronoun for a male.
10 Spirited father? (7)
ALCOPOP – This form of drink split 4,3 would indicated a spirited father.
11 Suspect for a second time in retreat (7)
REDOUBT – Split 2,5 this type of fortification means to have second thoughts about or suspect for a second time.
12 See 13
13/12 Venue building used to be higher (3,6,5)
THE BRIDGE HOUSE – Where the party was held – an anagram (building) of USED TO BE HIGHER
14 Small thing that Caesar first said before the banks of Carthage riverside place (6,6)
LITTLE VENICE – The part of London in which the venue is. Another word for small followed by the first part a famous quotation of Caesar and the first and last letters (banks of) Carthage.
18 See 29
23 Drink served on river cruises? (5,4)
CRAFT BEER – A semi-cryptic definition of the types of drink served in 13/12.
25 Caged zebra kept in check (5)
BRAKE – The answer is hidden in ZEBRA KEPT.
26 Tess is almost this when liberated (3,4)
SET FREE – A reverse anagram clue. The answer followed by an anagram indicator would almost give the word Tess.
27 Star formula not for backward pupil (7)
ALUMNUS – Another word for star (the one that shines in the sky) and the word formula from the clue without the for all reversed.
28 Large woman‘s firm (6)
AMAZON – Double definition, the firm being an internet company.
29/18 Did shabby bars give that timeless, funny celebration? (3,5,8,4)
BIG DAVES BIRTHDAY BASH – An anagram (funny) of DID SHABBY BARS GIVE THAT after removing a Y (timeless).
1 Bandage hitman (6)
SWATHE – Split the hitman into hit and man and provide synonyms for each word.
2 Big problem where tense, replaces fleece at first to make snug (4,2)
TUCK UP – A four letter / two letter word for a big problem that involves a swear word with the abbreviation for tense replacing the first letter (at first) of fleece.
3 Make up – unfortunately he lets rip with new trousers initially removed! (9)
REPLENISH – An anagram (unfortunately) of HE LETS RIP N(ew) with the T (trouser’s initially) removed.
4 Nice taste of chopped-up pâté, it pleases primarily (7)
APPETIT – The French word for taste (Nice taste) comes from an anagram (chopped up) of PATE IT P (pleases primarily).
6 Dared to be different in Summer (5)
ADDER – An anagram (three in a row!) of DARED.
7 Leader of stormtroopers is before court to lose his life like a soldier (8)
SQUADDIE – The first letter (leader of) stormtroopers before another word for a courtyard and a word meaning to lose his life.
8 Limits experiments dismissing where pin stuck in, unsound (8)
EXTREMES – An anagram (unsound) of EXPERIMENTS after removing the letters in PIN.
9 Starts to blow really energetically, exceptional zephyr’s ennervating (6)
BREEZE – The initial letters (starts to) of the final six words of the clue with the words providing a definition too.
15 Contracted every disease in healthy housing, contradicting the western point-of-view (9)
EASTBOUND – A contraction of a word meaning every followed by a word meaning healthy or hale including the abbreviation for a disease sometimes known as consumption.
16 The bottom line – sailor with a relative reportedly imprisoned (8)
ABSCISSA – A two letter word for a sailor and the A from the clue includes a homophone (reportedly) of SIS (little relative).
17 Rich food to eat unhealthily (5,3)
CREAM TEA – An all in one clue where the answer is a rich food and an anagram (unhealthily) of eat.
19 Compensate ignoring cost to treat old folk (3-3)
APE-MEN – An anagram (to treat) of COMPENSATE after removing the letters (ignoring) in cost.
20 Undecided man, I entertain another to food (7)
BIRYANI – A two letter word to describe a person of undecided sexuality and the I from the clue around (entertain) a man’s name.
21 Device situated on top of reversing vehicle (6)
SATNAV– A word meaning situation on top of a reversal of a type of vehicle.
22 Survey ensures sheds about to go after originally collapsing (6)
CENSUS – The first letter (originally) of collapsing followed by the ENSURES from the clue after removing the two letter word meaning about.
24 Spooner’s throbbing member, a mutilated work of art (5)
TORSO – A spoonerism of sore toe (throbbing member).