NTSPP – 315
A Puzzle by Bufo
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Bufo is an infrequent flyer of the NTSPP but what he lacks in regularity he make up in quality.
1 Can this be obtained from a moist flower? (4-2-1-4)
LOVE-IN-A-MIST – To get the answer think about the position of the O (and away of representing it cryptically) in the words “a moist”.
7 Scaly creature’s a male pig – that can’t be right! (3)
BOA – Remove the R from a word for a male pig.
9 Old woman queueing with son to follow Spurs? Definitely not! (4,5)
MAIN LINES – A two letter word for an old woman, a phrase (2,4) meaning queuing and the abbreviation for son.
10 Went by boat and by bicycle as reported on the radio (5)
ROWED – A homophone (as reported on the radio) of “rode” (went by bicycle).
11 Nellie Dean appears topless in recurring role (7)
ELEANOR – Remove the first letter (appears topless) from dean and put the letters inside a reversal (recurring) of the word role.
12 Complex woman chosen by God (7)
ELECTRA – A word meaning chosen followed by a two letter named Egyptian god.
13 An Irishman no longer now he’s this? (5)
EXPAT – Split 2-3, the answer would suggest a person who is no longer an Irishman.
15 Speak briefly about barbarian emperor’s final words (2,2,5)
ET TU BRUTE – Take six letter word meaning to speak with the final letter removed (briefly) and reverse the remaining letters (about) then follow this with a word meaning barbarian.
17 Onset of thrombosis is suppressed by new anabolic drug (9)
BOTANICAL – The first letter (onset of) thrombosis inside (suppressed by) an anagram (new) of ANABOLIC.
20 Girl has finished short in pub in 3 (5)
ANGEL – Remove the final letter (finished short) from a girl’s name.
22 Like a desk, perhaps, after working girl has lid put back (4-3)
ROLL-TOP – A seven letter word for a prostitute or working girl has the first letter (lid) moved towards the back of the word (put back).
24 Making money from tin mining (but only after entering a hole) (7)
MINTING – Not to sure about this one – the best I can come up with is an anagram (mining) of TIN inside a word for something nasty or smelly (a hole).
26 18 location with no parking towards the centre? (5)
INNER – Remove the abbreviation for parking from a district of London (18 location).
27 Possibly one sector of a dartboard that’s associated with China (9)
TWENTIETH – Double definition, the first being a section of the dartboard and the other being a wedding anniversary celebrated with a gift of china.
28 He’s one involved in causing a stink (3)
GAS – Double definition of the state of the element helium and something trumped that is smelly.
29 18 location reached by short stroll alongside river (but not east to west) (11)
WALTHAMTOW – A four letter word meaning to stroll with the final letter removed (short) followed by the name of the London river without the E (not east) and followed by the TO from the clue and the abbreviation for west.
1 Film-maker (often accompanied by son) needs his light (7)
LUMIERE – The French for light referred to cryptically by the name of a film maker whose name is also accompanied by son in the phrase (son et _____) or it works equally the other way round!
2 Utter depravity with nothing barred (5)
VOICE – A word for depravity goes around (barred) the letter representing nothing.
3 I drink near the entrance to the Old Nag’s Head in 18 location (9)
ISLINGTON – The I from the clue followed by a type of drink (often with gin) the first letter (entrance to) of the, the abbreviation for old and the first letter (head) of nag.
4 Racing here over fences apprentice sees leaders fall (7)
AINTREE – Remove the initial letters (leaders fall) from a word for an apprentice and the word sees in the clue.
5 Examine bug that’s inhibiting first part of program (7)
INSPECT – A word for a bug includes (inhibiting) the first letter (first part of) of program.
6 Ex-worker about to depart for Scottish island (5)
TIREE – A word for a person who has reached the age where they no longer have to work has a two letter word meaning about removed from the beginning (about to depart).
7 Bar just south of where early policemen were garrotted (9)
BOWSTRUNG – The London location where the early police were stationed (3,2) followed by the name of a bar on a ladder.
8 BBC boss is visiting a former 18 location (7)
ALDGATE – The abbreviation for director general (BBC boss) inside (visiting) the A from the clue and a word meaning former.
14 In a film Caractacus steals design for things to brighten up a patio (3,6)
POT PLANTS – The surname of the character Caractcus in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang includes (steals) another word for a design.
16 Tribesman appears uncoordinated. Has this been damaged? (9)
BRAINSTEM – An anagram (appears uncoordinated) of TRIBESMAN.
17 Out to lunch in 18 location (7)
BARKING – Double definition of someone who is mad (out to lunch) and a part of London.
18 A1? It could certainly lead you to this answer (7)
CAPITAL – A description of the city reached via the road A1 if travelling south and also a description of the quality of something that is A1.
19 Writer of essays on the corrupt 18 location (7)
LAMBETH – The name of the essay writer Charles followed by an anagram (corrupt) of THE.
21 Stage school’s head leads the way in producing titillating entertainment (3-4)
LEG SHOW – Another word for a stage or section of a race followed by the first letter (head) of school before (leads) another word meaning the way.
23 Cast three non-English witches to begin with (5)
THREW – The three from the clue with one of the E’s (non-English) removed followed by the first letter (to begin with) of witches.
25 That is something you can see in side-streets (2,3)
ID EST – The Latin for that is hidden inside (side-streets).