NTSPP – 288
A Puzzle by Gazza
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9 One may suffer injury from such ramshackle thrones … (7)
HORNETS – An anagram (ramshackle) of THRONES.
10 … by once more putting on weight (7)
AGAINST – A five letter word meaning once more followed by the abbreviation for stone (weight).
11 Firefighters are so organised and vigilant (2,5)
ON WATCH – Double definition, the first being a phrase for a fireman’s shift and the second being what a vigilant sentry would be doing.
12 Looks up relative by name (5,2)
CALLS ON – A four letter word meaning name followed by a three letter word for a child or male relative.
13 Top director’s after comfortable place to chill out (4,5)
EASY CHAIR – A four letter word meaning comfortable followed by a five letter word for the position held by the top director on a board of directors.
15 Ford Corsair’s rear boot (5)
WADER – A four letter word meaning to ford or cross a river followed by the final letter (rear) of Corsair.
16 Union men on board getting into row with wider corporation (7)
TUBBIER – The abbreviation for union and then the abbreviation for bishop (twice) (men on board) inside a four letter word for a row.
19 See 1 Down
20 High–necked? (5)
DRUNK – Double definition, the first being high on alcohol and the second what the boozer has done to get into that state!
21 The Color Purple‘s spirit pervades a cab company’s head of ethics (9)
AUBERGINE – A type of alcoholic drink (spirit) inside (pervades) the A from the clue and the name of the modern cab company followed by the first letter (head of) ethics.
25 Everyone’s outflanked by head’s unanticipated extras (2-5)
NO-BALLS – An informal word for head with the S from the ‘s in the clue around (outflanked by) a three letter word for everyone.
26 Two generations in charge of secret society (7)
MASONIC – A two letter word for mother followed by a three letter for one of her children (two generations) followed by the abbreviation for in charge.
28 Beduin lunch host regularly entertains 25 men (7)
EUNUCHS – The even letters (regularly) in BEDUIN LUNCH HOST.
29 Device fitting in a revolutionary US firearm (7)
ADAPTOR – A three letter word meaning fitting goes inside the A from the clue and a reversal (revolutionary) of a three letter American slang term for a firearm.
1/19 It’s a toss-up whether it’s in February or March (6,7)
SHROVE TUESDAY – Cryptic definition of the day on which pancakes are traditionally tossed before the beginning of Lent, which day can be in February or March depending on the lunar calendar.
2 Gloat over partners’ awards (6)
CROWNS – A four letter word meaning to gloat followed by the abbreviation for a pair of bridge partners.
3 Legless old scientist tailed creature (4)
NEWT – The name of the scientist who formulated the laws of motion without the ON (legless).
4 With Ken away ask the man reason for having a puff (6)
ASTHMA – Remove (with … away) the letters in KEN from ASK THE MAN.
5 One vehicle after another’s tipped over playing game (8)
BACCARAT – Reverse (tipped over) a three letter word for a taxi and follow this with a three letter word for another vehicle and a two letter word for playing.
6 Possibly does get bottom pinched in Three Rivers … (6,4)
FALLOW DEER – A three letter word meaning bottom inside (pinched) a three letter word for a river in Cornwall, a three letter word for the river that flows through Chester and the abbreviation for river (Three Rivers).
7 … pathetic indeed, so just left? (3-5)
ONE-SIDED – An anagram (pathetic) of INDEED SO.
8 Keep smothering nervous grin in model transport (8)
STINGRAY – A four letter word meaning keep around (smothering) an anagram (nervous) of GRIN.
14 Family viewing at hen party? (5,5)
CHICK FLICK – A cryptic definition of the type of film that might be viewed by girls or hens at a party?
16 Set course in company for Lewis? (2,6)
TV DINNER – Cryptic definition of the type of meal that might accompany watching a programme such as Lewis.
17 After picking up onion, say, crooner gives us Crying (8)
BLUBBING – The type of structure of which onion is an example (say) reversed (after picking up) followed by the old crooner Mr Cosby’s first name.
18 Think again about touching Virginia’s behind – curvy character! (8)
REASSESS – The two letter abbreviation for about followed by the American (Virginia’s) expression for the behind followed by the phonetic spelling of a curvy letter.
22 Good-for-nothing slovenly woman’s a carrier (6)
BUMBAG – A three letter word for a good-for-nothing person followed by a derogatory term for a slovenly woman.
23 Untaught prisoner loses money to Pole (6)
INNATE – A six letter word for a prisoner has the M (money) replaced by an N (pole).
24 Space Centre’s additional request (6)
ENCORE – A two letter word for a printer’s space followed by a word meaning centre.
27 Swimmer with apparent nonchalance on first viewing (4)
SWAN – The initial letters (on first viewing) of the first four words in the clue.