NTSPP – 361
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1 Petty squabble of workers over unpleasant woman (8)
HANDBAGS – A five letter word for workers around (over) a three letter derogatory term for an unpleasant woman.
6 Planes about to turn around somewhere in South America (6)
BOGOTA – A two letter abbreviation for an airline (planes) around (about) the TO from the clue and a word for a turn or shot at something which have been reversed (around).
9 Novel a Frenchwoman read back-to-front (4)
EMMA – The A from the clue and a three letter abbreviation for a Frenchwoman all reversed (read back to front).
10 Is art’s rule broken by this person? (10)
SURREALIST – An anagram (broken) of IS ARTS RULE. The whole clue provides an extended definition of this person.
11 Possessions of a crew taken aboard ship (6)
ASSETS – The A from the clue followed by another word for a crew or group inside the abbreviation for steamship.
12 Detective probes lecherous churchman (8)
CARDINAL – The abbreviation for Detective Inspector inside (probes) a six letter word meaning lecherous.
14 Theatrical cast insist choir gets rid of soprano (10)
HISTRIONIC – An anagram (cast)) of INSIST CHOIR without one of the Ss (get rid of Soprano).
16 Skilled mariner drained lake (4)
ABLE – An abbreviation for a mariner followed by the outer letters (drained) of lake. Perhaps unfortunate that the abbreviation for the mariner includes the answer in its expanded form.
18 Dirt in dining room (4)
MESS – Double definition time.
19 Student starts on art project, picking roses to draw (10)
APPRENTICE – The first letter (starts on) of the fourth to seventh words of the clue followed by a word meaning to draw or tempt.
21 Working after boss blocks dismal strike (8)
BLUDGEON – A two letter word meaning working after the abbreviation for Director General (boss) inside a word meaning dismal or sad.
23 English force approaching stronghold gets shot (6)
EFFORT – The abbreviations for English and force followed by another word for a stronghold or castle.
25 Small creature dog found behind well (10)
SPRINGTAIL – A word meaning to dog or shadow someone after another word for a well or source of water.
27 Have a high opinion of judge (4)
RATE – Double definition time.
28 Woman has boats on small UK river (6)
SEVERN – A three letter name of a woman followed by the abbreviation for Royal Navy (boats) all after the abbreviation for small.
29 Oddly this butter is used primarily in dessert (8)
TIRAMISU – The odd letters of this followed by the name of an animal that may be fancifully be described as a butter followed by the IS from the clue and the first letter (primarily) of used.
2 Peace in Crimea – it’s unstable (9)
ARMISTICE – An anagram (unstable) of CRIMEA ITS.
3 Seafarer whose progress was recorded at end of day (5)
DRAKE – The first letter (end of) day followed by the name of the literary character in the opera or series of Hogath paintings “????’s Progress”. End is probably best reserved for the last letter but the first letter is one end of the word.
4 Two mammals one knight had to kill (11)
ASSASSINATE – Two (repeated) names of an animal (a mule or donkey) followed by the letter representing one, the abbreviation for knight and a word meaning had or consumed.
5 Person from an era with Crusades disembowelled in battle (7)
SARACEN – An anagram (in battle) AN ERA CS (Crusades) disembowelled.
6 Extra purchase picked up (3)
BYE – A homophone of buy (purchase).
7 Girl started, without vehicle, to travel for fun (9)
GALLIVANT – A three letter word for girl followed by a word meaning started or ignited around a type of vehicle.
8 Scientist helping to build postgraduate’s laboratory (5)
TESLA – The answer is hidden in (helping to build) POSTGRADUATES LABORATORY.
13 Wealthy man to unnerve earl then bring down queen (11)
ROCKEFELLER – A four letter word meaning to unnerve or stun followed by the abbreviation for Earl, a word meaning to bring down (as in ???? a tree) and the abbreviation for the current queen.
15 Practice cricket shot following match (4,5)
TEST DRIVE – A word for an international match followed by a word for a cricket shot.
17 Fine material twists, tears, and rips (9)
LACERATES – A four letter word for a fine material followed by an anagram (twists) of TEARS.
20 Writer gets father’s books in exchange for jewellery (7)
PENDANT – A three letter word for a writer or biro followed by a two letter word for a father and the abbreviation for New Testament (books). I don’t know why the “in exchange” is required as the ’s can be read as “has”. In exchange implies a replacement or swapping order of the words but, in neither case, is there any further wordplay to support this.
22 Break leg, hand, and foot on ice (5)
LAPSE – Another word for a leg or circuit in a race followed by the abbreviation for second (hand on a clock = second hand = second = S a two part solving process that is slightly unfair) followed by the final letter of (foot on) ice.
24 A place where you talk loudly over something to drink (5)
FORUM – The abbreviation for loudly in music and the abbreviation for over and a type of alcoholic drink.
26 Alcohol once more avoided by teetotallers? (3)
GIN – Take the letters in the abbreviation for alcoholics anonymous (teetotallers) from a word meaning once more.