NTSPP – 418
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1 A match for the Devil (7)
LUCIFER – Double definition, the first being an old word for a match.
5 Difficult to straddle a horse when rundown (7)
HAGGARD – A four letter word meaning difficult around the A from the clue and a two letter word being a childish word for describing a horse.
9 Proceeding across Congo in gunboat (7)
ONGOING – The answer is hidden in (across) CONGO IN GUNBOAT.
10 Pale, sickly hog left in pen (7)
GHOSTLY – An anagram (sickly) of HOG following by the abbreviation for left inside another word for a pen where pigs are kept.
11 Based on stories of monstrous cane toad seen by lake (9)
ANECDOTAL – An anagram (monstrous) of CANE TOAD followed by the abbreviation for lake.
12 Part of market surrounding hotel in fashionable resort (5)
NICHE – The abbreviation for hotel surrounded by a fashionable French resort.
13 Abandon daughter with slight feeling of discomfort (5)
DITCH – The abbreviation for daughter followed by a word to describe a slight feeling of discomfort.
15 No longer appreciating popular soap opera villains (9)
OFFENDERS – A three letter word meaning no longer appreciating followed by the name of a popular BBC soap opera without the East. I am not sure whether the soap opera is commonly shortened to remove the East. A quick google search did not reveal the shortened form as a reference to the soap opera in the top hits.
17 Foreman’s running rings round English journeyman, say (9)
FREEMASON – An anagram (running) of FOREMANS around the abbreviation for English.
19 Pole has drink with contrary compiler (5)
TOTEM – A three letter word for a shot or drink followed by a reversal (contrary) of a two letter word for the compiler.
22 Run ancient city and a large part of the country (5)
RURAL – The abbreviation for run followed by a two letter word for a biblical city, the A from the clue and the abbreviation for large.
23 Stern doctor accompanies a barbarian around India (9)
DRACONIAN – A two letter abbreviation for a doctor followed by the A from the clue and the name of a fictional barbarian around the letter represented by India in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
25 Has love died in quarantine? (7)
ISOLATE – A two letter word meaning has followed by the letter representing love and a word meaning died. I am trying to think of a sentence where the first two letters could be used as a synonym for has.
26 Demanding general interrupts leave (7)
EXIGENT – The abbreviation for general inside a four letter word meaning to go or leave.
27 Figures in book (7)
NUMBERS – Double definition, the second being a book in the Old Testament.
28 Letters carved into table (7)
TRESTLE – An anagram (carved) of LETTERS.
1 Up and coming horror writer welcomed by fat cat (7)
LEOPARD – A reversal (up and coming) of an American horror writer inside a four letter word for fat.
2 The most secretive orders CIA gets (7)
CAGIEST – An anagram (orders) of CIA GETS.
3 FBI agent takes Rhode Island prisoner to be electrocuted (5)
FRIED – The abbreviation for Rhode Island inside (takes…prisoner) a word for an FBI agent.
4 Godly sorts hug Tories (9)
RIGHTEOUS – An anagram (sorts) of HUG TORIES. As an imperative anagram indicator, this should be sort, rather than sorts.
5 A thinking man’s male hair product (5)
HEGEL – A two letter word meaning male followed by a three letter word for a hair product.
6 Prohibit maniac from leaving the house for some food (9)
GROUNDNUT – A six letter word meaning prohibit a leaving the house (as a parent may do to a teenager) followed by a three letter word for a maniac.
7 E.g. The Thing (7)
ARTICLE – Double definition.
8 Arid state of Yemen heartlessly accepted by 23d (7)
DRYNESS – The first and last letters for Yemen (heartlessly) in the answer to 23d.
14 Shame of motorway tailback captured in colour (9)
HUMILIATE – The abbreviation for one of Britain’s motorways and a reversal (back) of TAIL inside (captured) a three letter word for a colour.
16 Entertaining theatre featuring drag queen as Bottom (9)
FUNDAMENT – A three letter word meaning entertaining and the abbreviation for National Theatre includes a four letter word for a drag queen.
17 Outlandish opinion originally held by lunatic fringe (7)
FOREIGN – The first letter (originally) of opinion inside an anagram (lunatic) of FRINGE.
18 It’s hard to forget war Rome lost (7)
EARWORM – An anagram (lost) of WAR ROME.
20 River bordering Idaho offers several points for fishing (7)
TRIDENT – A five letter name of a river that flows through Nottingham around (bordering) the abbreviation for the state of Idaho.
21 Consumed energy supporting fellow creature (7)
MANATEE – A three letter word meaning consumed and the abbreviation for energy beneath (supporting) a three letter word for a fellow.
23 Compulsion to remove uniform or clothing (5)
DRESS – Remove the abbreviation for Uniform from a word for compulsion.
24 Flipping wicked old fruit! (5)
OLIVE – Reverse (flipping) a four letter word meaning wicked and the abbreviation for old