NTSPP – 366
A Puzzle by Gazza
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Classic Gazza crossword in the mould of Ray T!
1 Lying back, feet up, magistrate detains Pistorius as example (7)
AMPUTEE – The answer is hidden (detains) and reversed (lying back) in FEET UP MAGISTRATE.
5 Busty blonde, gutted, misinterpreted most tempting proposition (4,3)
BEST BUY – An anagram (misinterpreted) of BUSTY BE (blonde gutted).
9 Normally a canon is so respected (2,1,4)
AS A RULE – Double definition.
10 Tony Blair initially introduced drone network unofficially (3,4)
THE BEEB – The first letters (initially) of Tony and Blair include (introduced) a phrase 2,3 of a type of insect (by reference to its sex) otherwise referred to as a drone.
11 Old French blazer? … (4,2,3)
JOAN OF ARC – Cryptic definition of a famous French heroine burnt at the stake.
12 … said in Boulogne to be imitation (5)
DITTO – The French (in Boulogne) of the verb said followed by the TO from the clue. I am not sure that imitation means exactly the same as answer.
13 Maybe Brownie pack are in retreat across river (3,6)
BOX CAMERA – A three letter word meaning pack and a reversal (in retreat) of the ARE from the clue around the name of a river flowing through Cambridge.
16 Following cutback Marks & Spencer heads for testing times (5)
EXAMS – Reverse (back) a word meaning cut and follow it with the initial letters (heads) of Marks & Spencer).
17 Endlessly ridicule individual inside camp (5)
GULAG – A three letter word meaning ridicule with the final letter removed (endlessly) followed by another name for an individual inside prison.
19 Leading employee’s personally related (5-4)
FIRST-HAND – A word meaning leading followed by another word for an employee.
22 Flexible cutlery producer’s based in suburbs of Texan city (5)
TURIN – The name of the spoon bender Mr Geller (flexible cutlery producer) inside (based in) the outer letters (suburbs of) TEXAN.
23 Numbers follow this jerk on view to all wearing jeans (9)
LEVITICUS – A three letter word for a spasm and the letter used in the cinema meaning all can view it inside (wearing) a name of a brand of jeans. As the book of Numbers is a singular noun, it should really be Numbers follows this.
26 Awesome Cardinal will upstage Vatican’s ageing leaders (7)
HELLUVA – Another way of saying Cardinal (or any other man) will followed by the initial letters (leaders) of upstage, Vatican and ageing.
27 Report attempt to go after killer (7)
GUNSHOT – A four letter word for an attempt or try at something goes after the name of a weapon that kills.
28 Norman is seduced into brief flings somewhere in Italy (7)
TRIESTE – The French (Norman) verb for is inside (seduced into) another word for attempts or flings with the final letter removed (brief).
29 Boxer’s final drink when bell’s already rung (4,3)
LAST LAP – Double definition
1 Sailor on a date’s struggle to make the best of it? (1,3,3)
A BAD JOB – The abbreviation for able seaman (sailor) followed by the A from the clue, the abbreviation for date and a three letter word meaning a struggle (as I have the devil’s own *** getting here).
2 Dodgy computer discovered in rubbish by group of soldiers (7)
PHALANX – The name of the rouge computer in the film 2001 A Space Odyssey inside a three letter word meaning to rubbish or critique followed by a single letter meaning by or times.
3 Periodically tart up room in city (5)
TRURO – The odd letters (periodically) in TART UP ROOM.
4 American troops sent north to support Spain’s preparation to evacuate (5)
ENEMA – The single letter abbreviation for American and a three letter word for army or troops all reversed (sent north) underneath (supporting) the IVR code for Spain.
5 Carriage for one can be converted bar a hitch (4,5)
BATH CHAIR – An anagram (converted) of BAR A HITCH.
6 Most sensible regular girlfriends have a modicum of taste (9)
STEADIEST – An eight letter word describing regular girlfriends followed by the initial letter (a modicum) of taste.
7 Under criticism caddy’s content supplying invalid stimulant (4,3)
BEEF TEA – A four letter word meaning criticism followed by the beverage kept in a caddy.
8 Pair of bespectacled bishops beset by right young tearaways (7)
YOBBOES – Two letters (pair of) that are an abbreviation for a bishop inside two Os (bespectacled) all inside (beset by) a three letter word meaning OK or right.
14 Untethered goats ran around German boat crew on a mission (9)
ARGONAUTS – An anagram (untethered) of GOATS RAN around the letter used to describe a German boat.
15 Make oneself a smoothie? (9)
EXFOLIATE – Another word meaning to shave (make oneself a smoothie).
17 Comes close to have injection (4,3)
GETS HOT – A three letter word meaning to have followed by a four letter word for an injection.
18 Legendary rock singer (7)
LORELEI – The name of the legendary singer on a rock in the river Rhine.
20 Everybody’s pinching company head office’s booze (7)
ALCOHOL – A three letter word meaning everybody includes (pinching) the abbreviations for company and head office.
21 Sat up nursing knight in screened area (7)
DESKTOP – Another word meaning sat or modelled is reversed (up) around a two letter abbreviation for knight.
24 Wake most of base to guard soldier (5)
VIGIL – A four letter word meaning base or evil around (to guard) a two letter abbreviation for an American soldier.
25 Expression of appreciation in Limerick falls flat (5)
TANKS – How an Irish person might say thank you.