NTSPP – 356
A Puzzle by Silvanus
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Silvanus once again shows his skill at setting with lots of inventive clues and smiles along the way.
1 Spanish question French nobleman in anti-terrorist case – it holds water (8)
AQUEDUCT – A three letter word used by the Spanish to ask a question and the French for duke (nobleman) go inside the outer letters (case) of anti-terrorist.
5 Hush envelops court, initially silencing rushing sound (6)
SWOOSH – A two letter word meaning hush includes (envelops) a word meaning to court someone romantically and the first letter (initially) of silencing.
9 It’s obvious author is behind recall of assistant (8)
APPARENT – A word meaning author (in the sense of progenitor) goes after (behind) a reversal (recall of) a two letter word for an assistant.
10 Around Manila, birthdays reveal characteristic of people (6)
TRIBAL – The answer is hidden (reveal) and reversed (around) in MANILA BIRTHDAYS.
12 Syrup man adopts proudly to begin with (5)
MAPLE – A four letter word for man includes (adopts) the initial letter (to begin with) of proudly.
13 Subdue by force five hundred fleeing port (9)
OVERPOWER – Alongside (by) a word meaning force add the name of a port in the south-east of England after removing (fleeing) the roman numeral for five hundred.
14 Fellow needs cow to supply the cream (6)
FLOWER – The abbreviation for fellow followed by a five letter word for a cow – be reference to the sound a cow makes. Cream as in the pick or best of something can also be used as in the title of a collection of poems by Katherine Tynan.
16 Kenneth Williams possibly rejected help – extreme behaviour in front of everyone (7)
DIARIST – Reverse a three letter word meaning help and follow it with the last letter (extreme) of behaviour and the abbreviation for first (in front of everyone).
19 Game of wits? (7)
MARBLES – Double definition, the first involving spherical glass or china objects and second more frequently used in the expression, “the’ve lost their …..”.
21 Exhibit symptom of nausea if wife leaves miserable individual (6)
WRETCH – If you removed the abbreviation for wife from the answer you would have word meaning to be sick (exhibit symptom of nausea).
23 Evidence of volcanic activity perhaps from an exceptionally warm May? (3,6)
HOT SPRING – The answer might be indicative of a warm season of the year.
25 Genuine cover-up concerning past (5)
SINCE – Remover (cover-up) a two letter word meaning concerning from the end of a word meaning genuine.
26 Company relocating to Peru (6)
TROUPE – An anagram (relocating) of TO PERU.
27 Ring Army about joining up (8)
MARRYING – An anagram (about) of RING ARMY.
28 Spooner’s garden tool struck companion (6)
COHORT – Reverse the sounds of the initial syllables (Spooner’s) in the words HOE (garden tool) CAUGHT (struck).
29 Insincere fluency is blessing in disguise (8)
GLIBNESS – An anagram (in disguise) of BLESSING.
1 Weaponry supporting gangster is frightening (6)
ALARMS – Another word for weaponry goes under (supports) the first name of Mr Capone (gangster).
2 Disliked hollow uneven tree outside university (9)
UNPOPULAR – The outer letters (hollow) of uneven followed by the name of a tree in the willow family that goes around (outside) the abbreviation for university.
3 Government blocks dreadful song (5)
DIRGE – The abbreviation for government goes inside (blocks) a word meaning dreadful.
4 Honesty of banks non-existent in scam – Andy got hurt (7)
CANDOUR – Remove the outer letters from (banks non-existent in) sCAm aNDy gOt hURt.
6 Plan site for factory? (9)
WORKPLACE – A four letter word for plan followed by a five letter word for site.
7 Unpleasant smell trailing bull over wide river-bend (5)
OXBOW – A two letter word for an unpleasant underarm smell goes after (trailing) a two letter word for a bull with all of this letter going over the abbreviation for wide.
8 Laughter from term describing sex-appeal (8)
HILARITY – The name of one of the Oxford academic terms around (describing) a two letter form for sex-appeal.
11 Indecent, blue Swede is regularly exposed (4)
LEWD – The even letters (regularly exposed) in bLuE sWeDe.
15 Flock maybe with everyone on an exam (9)
WALLPAPER – The abbreviation for with followed by a word meaning everyone and another word for an exam.
17 Vincent gets tip-off I possess a stimulant (9)
INCENTIVE – Remove the first letter (gets tip-off) from Vincent and followed by a contraction meaning I possess.
18 Stressed chimp ate bananas (8)
EMPHATIC – An anagram (bananas) of CHIMP ATE.
20 Hide, asking to be discovered (4)
SKIN – The answer is hidden (to be discovered) inside ASKING.
21 German dog chases away wingless bird (7)
WAGTAIL – The abbreviation for German and a word meaning to dog or follow goes after chases the inner letters (wingless) of away.
22 Considers carefully stated methods (6)
WEIGHS – A homophone (stated) of ways (methods).
24 Jag, if lost by youngster, can trigger financial compensation (5)
TOOTH – A cryptic reference to the dental compensation sought by the young following the loss of the answer with jag being the formal definition.
25 Clean plant involving change of tap (5)
SCRUB – Replace the H in a type of plant with a C (change of tap being Hot for Cold).