NTSPP – 347
A Puzzle by Gazza
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1 Never come close to seducing old fellow (2,4)
NO FEAR – A word meaning come close to includes (seducing or taking in) the abbreviations for old and fellow.
4 Unfairness kills ethnic minority’s pool of talent (5,3)
SKILL SET – The answer is hidden (minority) in UNFAIRNESS KILLS ETHNIC.
10 Split up and agreed to act (4,5)
TOOK APART – Split 4,1,4, this would suggest having accepted a role in a play.
11 Dewy-eyed new setter’s after advance (5)
NAIVE – The abbreviation for new followed by a word meaning belonging to the setter after the abbreviation for advance.
12 It stretches one to solve without Chambers initially (4)
RACK – A word meaning to solve without the initial C (Chamber’s initially).
13 Pie filling‘s puzzlingly tame (6,4)
MINCED MEAT – A reverse anagram where the answer could provide an anagram clue to give tame.
15 Reliable plug (7)
STAUNCH – A double definition for a word meaning reliable and a word meaning to stop the flow of something or plug.
16 Pa axes grasping organ scholar (6)
YEARLY – The letter used for the vertical axis in graphs twice includes the organ of listening and the abbreviation for a student or scholar. The definition is the abbreviation per annum.
19 Unarmed German’s released except if … (6)
UNLESS – A word meaning unarmed has the initial G (German) removed (released).
21 … top soldier starts to express reservations (7)
SWEATER – A five letter word meaning to solider or work hard is followed by the initial letters (starts to) of express and reservations.
23 Create aluminium table, for example (10)
OCCASIONAL – A word meaning create followed by the chemical symbol for aluminium.
25 Regularly outspend? That’s nothing new (4)
USED – The even letters (regularly) in outspend.
27 Roughly cut down in middle of arcade (5)
CIRCA – The abbreviation (cut down) for the answer forms the middle two letters of arcade.
28 Unsettled drifter is rapidly becoming heated (4-5)
STIR FRIED – An anagram (unsettled) of DRIFTER IS.
29 Restyle in doubt after wife gets wind (8)
WESTERLY – An anagram (in doubt) of RESTYLE after the abbreviation for wife.
30 PC‘s request to carry on in section (6)
LAPTOP – The abbreviation for please turn over (request to carry on) inside another word for section.
1 North American visitor’s unloved out of habit (8)
NATURIST – The abbreviation for North American followed by a word for a visitor (perhaps on holiday) without the letter O (unloved).
2 Lunch, say, precedes tea in pecking order (4,5)
FOOD CHAIN – What you eat for lunch followed by a word for tea and the in from the clue.
3 Team having to travel a distance (4)
AWAY – The A from the clue followed by a word meaning distance.
5 Soppy young animal’s timid around callers at first (7)
KITSCHY – A three letter abbreviation for a kitten (young animal) followed by a word meaning shy around the first letter of callers.
6 Reapplied after revision, having acquired new incentive to write neatly, … (5,5)
LINED PAPER – An anagram (after revision) of REAPPLIED includes the abbreviation for new. Unlike Gazza to reuse a wordplay indicator.
7 … lest I cocked up leg-over opportunity (5)
STILE – An anagram (cocked up) of LEST I.
8 A decent faculty would get double this score (6)
TWENTY – The answer, if doubled, gives a word used to describe excellent eyesight.
9 Generous like John? (6)
LAVISH – Expressed 3-3, this could indicate something like a toilet (john).
14 Unwilling to stomach king; that’s the American way (10)
INTERSTATE – A word meaning without a will (as a legal document) includes (to stomach) the abbreviation for king.
17 Evening work‘s behind requirement to generate capital (4,5)
LATE SHIFT – A word meaning behind time followed by the key used on a keyboard to generate a capital letter.
18 Got better cultivated pastures after daughters displaced sons (6,2)
TRADED UP – An anagram of pastures with each S replaced with a D – giving PADTURED as the letters to be rearranged.
20 I turned to Uncle Sam in wreck of a marriage (7)
SPOUSAL – A five letter word meaning wreck or mar has the I replaced (turned to) the country epitomised by Uncle Sam.
21 Former Soviet student imprisoned in disgrace (6)
STALIN – The abbreviation for a student inside (imprisoned in) a word meaning disgrace.
22 One distributing pats to a young child? (3-3)
MOO-COW – The childish way of saying the name of an animal that leaves pats in the field.
24 My partners? They’re a pain in high heels! (5)
CORNS – A word expressing surprise (my) followed by bridge partners.
26 Among footballers he’s known for his defence (4)
OFFA – A two letter word meaning among followed by the abbreviation for the Football Association.