NTSPP – 419
A Puzzle by Starhorse
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Although this is only Starhorse’s second appearance in the NTSPP series, he is an assured setter and today’s crossword word not have been out-out-place in a daily newspaper.
1 City senseless to conceal transfer details (7)
LAUNDER – The abbreviation for Los Angeles followed by a word meaning senseless as you would be if you have had an anaesthetic.
5 Catches parents out (7)
ENTRAPS – An anagram (out) of PARENTS.
9 Guide caught in Asian country nearly ripped apart (9)
INDICATOR – The abbreviation for caught inside the name of an Asian country followed by a word meaning ripped apart with the final letter removed (nearly).
10 Pay back man who keeps track of the minutes? (5)
TIMER – Reverse (back) a word meaning pay.
11 Forgotten heap recycled, it’s the best available (3-2-3-5)
TOP-OF-THE-RANGE – An anagram (recycled) of FORGOTTEN HEAP.
13 Protection from season down under? (8)
AUSPICES – If down under is “in Australia” you can add a word meaning season inside the three letter abbreviation for that country.
14 Black sign that points to old grave (6)
BARROW – The abbreviation for black followed by a sign that points.
17 Women in specs? Not good (6)
LASSES – A word for specs without the abbreviation for good.
19 Hardy girl given time inside following hooker’s complaints (8)
PROTESTS – The name of one of Thomas Hardy’s heroines includes (given … inside) the abbreviation for time and the resulting letters go after (following) a three letter word for a hooker.
22 A state of inebriation defined by Proust? (7,6)
DRUNKEN STUPOR – A reverse anagram where the solution (as an anagram clue) would give PROUST.
25 She’s entitled to possess depressant daughter mislaid (5)
OWNER – A word meaning a depressant without (mislaid) the abbreviation for daughter.
26 Basically, retired head has broken into popular Eastern Church (2,7)
IN ESSENCE – Reverse a word for a cape or head of land inside a two letter word meaning popular and the abbreviations for Eastern and Church.
27 Stop up for the last few moves (7)
ENDGAME – A three letter word meaning stop followed by a word meaning up for or ready to do something.
28 Digs: an awful place to live in the outskirts of Sheerness (7)
SHOVELS – A five letter word for an awful place to live inside the first and last letters (outskirts) of Sheerness.
1 Put down (face up) (4)
LAID – Reverse (up) a word for a face (as in the face of a watch).
2 Happy meeting son for the latest news (7)
UPDATES – A two letter word meaning happy followed by a four letter word for meeting and the abbreviation for Son.
3 Evicted criminal covering up record that’s misleading (9)
DECEPTIVE – An anagram (criminal) of EVICTED around (covering up) the abbreviation for an extended play record.
4 Informer provided papers containing minimal evidence as agreed (8)
RATIFIED – A three letter word for an informer followed by a two letter word meaning provided and a two letter word for papers around the first letter (minimal) of evidence.
5 It picks up your outdated description of coarse language (6)
EARTHY – A three letter word for the hearing organ (it picks things up) followed by the old word for your.
6 Guardian reader often treats us to starters from the south (5)
TUTOR – A reversal (from the South) of the first letters (starters) of the second to sixth words of the clue.
7 Former charity worker‘s controversial role with man (7)
ALMONER – An anagram (controversial) of ROLE MAN.
8 Savvy, like London cabbies? (10)
STREETWISE – As London cabbies have to know the location of every street, the could be described as this word for savvy.
12 Bill was responsible for unfinished accommodation and limited choice of food (5,1’4)
TABLE D’HOTE – A three letter word for a bar bill followed by a three letter word meaning was responsible for and a five letter word for accommodation with the final letter removed (unfinished).
15 Course in Italy opposed by overseas leader (9)
ANTIPASTO – A four letter word meaning opposed followed by a four letter word meaning by (as in “gone by or gone ????” and the first letter (leader) of overseas.
16 Start to train dogs or horses (8)
TROTTERS – The first letter (start to) of train and a seven letter word for dogs or undesirable people.
18 Rushed to secure vessel that’s abandoned (7)
SPURNED – A four letter word meaning rushed around (to secure) a three letter word for a vessel or vase.
20 Bizarre selection by first couple on Strictly (7)
STRANGE – A five letter word for a selection or variety of something after (by) the first two letters (first couple on) of Strictly.
21 It’s not typical of peacekeepers to give online approval (6)
UNLIKE – The abbreviation for United Nations (peacekeepers) followed by a word meaning to approve a post on Facebook.
23 Kismet‘s more relaxed in audition (5)
KARMA – A homophone (in audition) of CALMER (more relaxed).
24 County borders? (4)
BEDS – Double definition of the shortened name of a Country and garden borders.