NTSPP – 410
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1 Woman’s answer to drunkenness? (11)
DISSOLUTION – The abbreviated way of saying Diana’s (woman’s) followed by an eight letter word for an answer to a problem.
7 Note: It’s not British to have a First Lady? (3)
EVE – Remove (it’s not) the abbreviation for British from a musical note.
9 Ruth’s mother-in-law gets in a mess about order (5)
NAOMI – An anagram (mess) of IN A around the abbreviation for Order of Merit.
10 Cad’s crazy about port (9)
ROTTERDAM – An six letter word for a cad followed by a reversal (about) of a word meaning crazy.
11 Statesmen are going crazy – something’s afoot (9)
GEORGIANS – An anagram (crazy) of ARE GOING followed by the final letter (afoot) of somethings. The afoot does not work for me as afoot means in progress and even splitting it to a foot, it does not convey the sense of the foot of.
12 Essentially “his nibs” enjoys this writer (5)
IBSEN – The answer is hidden in (essentially) in NIBS ENJOYS.
13 Grandly – in the Attic style? (7)
LOFTILY – Double definition, the second fanciful (?) meaning in the style of the loft.
15 Get rid of the outhouse (4)
SHED – Double definition.
18 First of all apple-loving daydreamer acquires missus (4)
ADAM – The first letters of the final four words of the clue with the whole clue forming a definition.
20 As a tourist I pose with five men (7)
VISITOR – The Roman numeral for 5 followed by a phrase (1,3) meaning I pose followed by the abbreviation for other ranks (men).
23 What happened before May got taken in by a Frenchman’s spin (5)
APRIL – The A from the clue followed by the French for he (Frenchman’s) takes in the abbreviation for public relations (spin). The cryptic grammar is somewhat fractured but gettable.
24 Cowboys lament – Chet’s upset – horse is missing (9)
CATTLEMEN – An anagram (upset) of LAMENT CHETS after removing the abbreviation for Heroin (horse).
26 Fantastic site – Green Park (9)
SERENGITI – An anagram (fantastic) of SITE GREEN.
27 The best oil is used in this sauce (5)
AIOLI – A two letter indication meaning the best followed ban anagram (is used!) of OIL.
28 Saw the police (3)
MET – Double definition, the second being the short form of the Metropolitan Police.
29/4 He paid 1D and in the absence of international resistance somehow he delayed their return (8,3,7)
ETHELRED THE UNREADY – An anagram (somehow) of HE DELAYED THEIR RETURN after removing the abbreviations (in the absence of) of International and Resistance.
1 If writer says not to pay this be glad – need is questionable (8)
DANEGELD – An anagram (is questionable) of GLAD NEED. The answer is an allusion to the poem by Rudyard Kipling (the author of If).
2 Exhibitionists flaunt their legs? Quite the opposite (4-4)
SHOW OFFS – A word meaning flaunt followed by the opposite of ONS (legs in a Cricket match where exhibitionist may play in a Exhibition match).
3 Due to opinion being divided (5)
OWING – Divide the “opinion” into “o” “pinion”, retain the O and add another word for a pinion.
4 See 29 Across
5 Need to stress – these 100 dilapidated suitcases ushered in modern art in Paris (7)
ICTUSES – An anagram (dilapidated) of SUIT goes around (cases) the Roman numeral for 100 followed by (ushered in) the modern French form of the verb “to be” that would have been translation “thou art”.
6 Want to be seen? Dine out somewhere for a start (9)
NEEDINESS – An anagram (out) of SEEN DINE followed by the first letter (for a start) of somewhere.
7 Compel destiny to accept firstborn (6)
ELDEST – The answer is hidden in (to accept) COMPEL DESTINY.
8/17 Son of 29/4 – died on can in the end and mired us in conflict (6,8)
EDMUND IRONSIDE – An anagram (in conflict) of DIED ON N (can in the end) MIRED US.
14 Beyond the home counties one’s decline can be confused with laziness (9)
INDOLENCE – An anagram (can be confused) of ONES DECLINE after removing (beyond) the abbreviation for home counties. Beyond the does not work for me as a removal indicator and you remove ES from the clue not SE. If you are to remove an abbreviation from the anagram fodder, then it should be the actual abbreviation that has to be removed otherwise it is straying into indirect anagram territory.
16 Get squash for a politician in the grip of strong drink (5,3)
STAMP OUT – The A from the clue and the abbreviation for a Member of Parliament in (in the grid of) a type of dark strong beer. The structure “get definition for wordplay” seems back to front. You get the definition from the wordplay.
17 See 8
19 Principally May has numbers man Hammond up front on gamble to avoid a tragedy (7)
MACBETH – The first letter (principally) of May followed by the abbreviation for an associate of chartered accountants and the first letter (up front) of Hammond on a three letter word for a bet and removing (to avoid) the final A from the clue. Apart from winning the “otter” of the year for cluing, the “on” in a down clue indicates that the the H goes on top of the word for gamble, not the reverse.
20 Oil spilled below French window nearly causes angry response (7)
VITRIOL – A French word for window with the final letter removed (nearly) followed by an anagram (spilled) of OIL. As the French word means a pane of glass rather than a window and English solvers may think of Fenetre as the window, this was perhaps a step too far. Also does the wordplay cause the definition? Perhaps creates would be better.
21 After maiden peels off maybe friars will get wood (6)
BALSAM – Friars is an example of this type of ointment which (if you remove the M (after maiden peels off) gives a type of lightweight wood used to make rafts or models. I cannot help that this clue would have been much fairer if it was “Maybe Friars will get wood after maiden peels off” so that the definition was in its traditional place. As the definition is a definition by example and maybe not that well known, it would give the solver more of a fighting chance of getting to the bottom of the clue.
22 A river running through a desert leads to a mountain (6)
ARARAT – The A from the clue and a three letter word meaning desert, abandon or betray includes the second A from the clue and the abbreviation for river.
25 Holiday the French ‘ave (5)
LEAVE – The French for “the” followed by the AVE from the clue. The whole clue also alludes to a type of holiday taken without permission (which I was sorely tempted to take today from blogging duties as Andrex are currently doing a roaring business from my repeated use of it).