NTSPP – 320
A Puzzle by Imsety
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Apologies for the late review but I could not access this for most of yesterday and today has, for obvious reasons, been a busy one.
1 Business practice (6)
CUSTOM – Double definition.
4 Throw out last of cheese and pickle (6)
SCRAPE – A word meaning throw out and the final letter (last of) cheese.
8 Give old fellow weapon for upcoming battle? (10)
ARMAGEDDON – Split 3,4,3 this means to give weapons to an old university lecturer.
10 Market trader grabs a bargain (4)
DEAL – The name of one of the Trotter family from Only Fools and Horses around (grabs) the A from the clue.
11 Unexpected result brings glory (6)
LUSTRE – An anagram (unexpected) of RESULT.
12 Bolt, say, from small machine (8)
SPRINTER – The abbreviation for small followed by a computer peripheral or machine.
13 Stagger, having second cask of wine (4)
STUN – The abbreviation for second followed by a name for a wine cask.
14 Samples of mince pies ruined when one is consumed by son (9)
SPECIMENS – An anagram (ruined) of MINCE PIES when one of the letters I is replaced by the abbreviation for son.
16 Soldier to run away with traitor (6,3)
DESERT RAT – A word meaning to run away followed by a word for a traitor.
18 Spoils sound of instrument (4)
LOOT – A homophone of Lute (instrument).
19 Execute 50 during battle (8)
COMPLETE – The Roman numeral for 50 inside (during) a word meaning to battle.
21 Scorer and cricket commentator almost overwhelmed by extra runs (6)
WAGNER – The name of a cricket commentator (probably a little too specialist for the general solver) inside (overwhelmed by) the abbreviation for wide (extra) and the abbreviation for runs.
22 Court heard a testimony, though not all of it (4)
DATE – The answer is hidden in (though not all of it) in HEARD A TESTIMONY.
23 Worry when record at gig fails to start (10)
DISCONCERT – Another word for a record followed by another word for a gig with the first letter removed (fails to start).
24 Flyer smuggles animal on the plane (6)
ABOARD – The name of a wild pig (animal) inside the abbreviation for a flyer or advertisement.
25 Finally view goldmine then pull back and come to the surface (4,2)
WELL UP – The last letters (finally) of view and goldmine followed by a reversal (back) of the pull from the clue.
1 Depraved TV producer turned volume off (9)
CORRUPTED – An anagram (turned) of TV PRODUCER after removing (off) the abbreviation for volume.
2 Plain brown box brought to the front (7)
SPARTAN – A word meaning to box or fight before (brought to the front) a type of brown colour.
3 Round bishop feasted regularly, getting even rounder? (5)
OBESE – The letter representing the round followed by the abbreviation for round and the even letters (regularly) of feasted. Surely even rounder would imply more ***** as the answer.
5 Criminal transaction excludes one fraudster (3,6)
CON ARTIST – An anagram (criminal) of TRANSACTION after removing the AN (one).
6 Article written by literary figure at a steady pace (7)
ANDANTE – The indefinite article used before a vowel before the name of a literary figure famed for his Inferno.
7 Earth found after man pulled up hedge (5)
EVADE – The abbreviation for earth followed by a reversal (pulled up) of the shortened form of David (man).
9 Removes the guts, perhaps, from the sardines when cooked (11)
DISHEARTENS – An anagram (when cooked) of THE SARDINES.
14 Republican’s aim? To be involved in certain king’s capitulation (9)
SURRENDER – The abbreviation for republican and another word for end or object inside (to be involved in) a word meaning certain and the abbreviation for rex or king.
15 Plant pots knocked over, including one empty container (9)
STONECROP – Reverse the “pots” from the clue and put it around the “one” from the clue and the outer letter (empty) of container.
17 One in charge of retrospective work about rock band (7)
SUPREMO – Reverse (retrospective) a word for work around the name of an American rock group.
18 Independent accountant given large account initially – that’s sensible (7)
LOGICAL – The abbreviations for independent and chartered accountant and large after (initially) another word for an account or record.
20 Old parts of Manhattan attract homeowners across city (5)
OMAHA – The abbreviation for old followed by the initial letters (parts of) the fourth to seventh letters of the clue.
21 Healthy wife gets depression (5)
WHOLE – The abbreviation for wife followed by another word for a dip or depression.