NTSPP – 398
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1 Perhaps P Diddy heard Sweet cover (7)
WRAPPER – A homophone (heard) of the type of musician of whom P Diddy is an example (perhaps).
5 Boxes stuffed with half-torn shorts (3-4)
CUT-OFFS – A five letter word meaning boxes or hits around (stuffed with) the first two letters (half) of torn.
9 Murder of two idiots by prisoner – no mark visible (11)
ASSASSINATE – A word for an idiot repeated (two idiots) followed by a six letter word for a prisoner with the M removed (no mark visible).
10 He’s one to talk! (3)
GAS – Double definition of Helium (He) and to talk.
11 Typed by journalist: anything from A to G (5)
KEYED – What the musical notes A to G could represent followed by the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
12 Danes plan a detour – not entirely a suitable place for a stroll (9)
ESPLANADE – The answer is hidden in (not entirely) DANES PLAN A DETOUR.
13 Approved of, and impressed by, safety product (6-7)
RUBBER STAMPED – A colloquial word for a condom (safety product) followed by a word meaning impressed.
17 First player on board: a trumpeter that’s not much use (5,8)
WHITE ELEPHANT – The player who makes the first move in chess followed by the name of an animal that trumpets.
21 Fighter misappropriating gold tiara (9)
GLADIATOR – An anagram (misappropriating) of GOLD TIARA.
24 Article by gutless feminist gives offence (5)
THEFT – The definite article followed by the outer letters (gutless) of feminist.
25 Right answer, but incomplete (3)
AYE – The abbreviation for answer followed by a three letter word meaning but with the final letter removed (incomplete).
26 Gambler of little use to the Rifle Corps? (11)
CRAPSHOOTER – Split 4, 7, this would describe a rifleman who could not hit the target.
27 Killings left out in Proverbs (7)
SAYINGS – Remove the abbreviation for left from a word meaning killings.
28 Something that’s left or right, starts to evolve slowly and is long-awaited (7)
RESIDUE – The abbreviation for right followed by the initial letters (starts to) evolve, slowly and it followed by a word meaning long-awaited.
1 Shares Welsh chops (6)
WHACKS – The abbreviation for Welsh follows by a word meaning chops or cuts.
2 One judging purity (like, for example, Her Majesty) (7)
ASSAYER – A two letter word meaning like followed by a three letter word meaning say and the abbreviation for the queen.
3 Father boos daughter performing the French dance… (4,5)
PASO DOBLE – A two letter word for father followed by an anagram (performing) of BOOS D (daughter) and followed by the French for the.
4 … upset, her allies protest furiously (5,4)
RAISE HELL – An anagram (upset) of HER ALLIES.
5 Squeeze head of pimple – it’s very painful (5)
CRAMP – A four letter word meaning squeeze or stuff followed by the first letter (head of) of pimple.
6 So, briefly, an expression of gratitude for Greek character (5)
THETA – A four letter meaning so with the final letter removed (briefly) followed by a two letter word meaning thanks.
7 Out of confusion and inspiration comes the light (3,4)
FOG LAMP – A three letter word meaning confusion and four letter word meaning inspiration.
8 Shelves and posts incorporating distinctive feature (8)
SUSPENDS – A five letter word meaning posts or mails around (incorporating) the abbreviation for unique selling point (distinctive feature).
14 Plan concealed by outstanding administrator with extensive powers (9)
SUPERUSER – A four letter word for a plan or trick inside (concealed by) five letter word meaning outstanding.
15 Convert particles producing different models (9)
ADAPTIONS – A five letter word meaning convert followed by a four letter word for charged particles.
16 What a football club needs to do yet tries to avoid (3,5)
OWN GOALS – A football club needs to have these to avoid relegation but if scored in their own net, they count for the other side.
18 Pictures of Good Queen Bess captured in one month (7)
IMAGERY – The abbreviation for good and the regnal cypher for Queen Bess in the letter representing one and one of the months of the year.
19 Made time for cold to be cured (7)
TREATED – A word meaning made with the C (cold) replaced by a T (time).
20 Fast roads crossing river (6)
STARVE – The abbreviations for street and avenue around (crossing) the abbreviation for river.
22 South American about to be accommodated in pub (5)
INCAN – A two letter abbreviation for about inside a three letter word for a pub.
23 Outspoken couples who used to be Siamese? (5)
THAIS – A homophone (outspoken) of ties (couples).