NTSPP – 459
A Puzzle by Dill
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Dill entertains us once again with a creep-crawly filled crossword with lots of smooth surfaces and nothing too complicated or strained in the cluing.
1 Standing proud, listen how Bond was managed (8)
EMBOSSED – A homophone (listen) of M BOSSED (M being the boss of James Bond).
5 Church offical‘s relations with heavyweight (6)
SEXTON – A three letter word for carnal relations followed by the name of a heavy weight.
10 Creature swimming in the fresh water butt (5)
ROACH – Double definition of a freshwater fish and a cannabis joint.
11 Queen pursues true lad? Unfortunately he’s not (9)
ADULTERER – An anagram (unfortunately) of TRUE LAD followed by a two letter abbreviation for the queen.
12 Immediate dismissal of worker at the end of this month (4)
INST – A word meaning immediate without the ANT (dismissal of worker).
13 Speechless, excited elder accepts Oscar on behalf of literary headmaster (10)
DUMBLEDORE – A four letter word meaning unable to speak followed by an anagram (excited) of ELDER in which you include (accepts) the letter represented by Oscar in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
15 French cheeses allegedly cause wind (6)
BREEZE – A homophone (allegedly) of BRIES (French cheeses).
16 Sliced dessert, filled with milky centre, forms thin skin (7)
CUTICLE – A three letter word meaning sliced followed by a three letter word for a cold dessert including (accepts) the central letter of MILKY.
19 Time for ironing? (7)
EVENING – Double definition of a time of the day and the result of ironing something.
21 Nasty smell from entrée of smoked fish (6)
STENCH – The first letter (entree) of smoked followed by a five letter word for a type of fish.
23 Organised IRA demob British junior officer (10)
BOMBARDIER – An anagram (organised) of IRA DEMOB B (British).
25 Second–check credit (4)
TICK – Triple definition for a short period of time, a check mark on an exam paper and a word for credit.
27 Convertible taxi allowed to tour city (9)
CABRIOLET – The three letter word for a taxi and a three letter word meaning allowed go around (tour) a three letter Brazilian city.
28 Unskilled leaders of intercontinental negotiations express personal tweets (5)
INEPT – The first letter (leaders) the final five words of the clue.
29 Little girl and boy like some crisps? (6)
SALTED – The abbreviated forms of Sally and Edward.
30 In Paris I source pearl now and then for Cartier, perhaps (8)
JEWELLER – The French (in Paris) for I followed by a four letter word for a source and the even letters (now and then) of pearl.
1 Listener put on false hair to eavesdrop (6)
EARWIG – A thee letter word for the organ with which we listen followed by a three letter word for false hair.
2 Money Ireland raised for restaurant (9)
BRASSERIE – A five letter slang word for money followed by a reversal (raised) of a four letter word for Ireland.
3 London district‘s really timelessly trendy (4)
SOHO – A two letter word meaning really followed by a three letter word meaning trendy without the final T (timelessly).
4 Age, of course, leads to obliteration (7)
ERASURE – A three letter word meaning an age or epoch followed by a four letter word meaning of course.
6 Vacuous European agreements generate appeals (10)
ENTREATIES – The outer letters (vacuous) of European followed by an eight letter word for international agreements.
7 Upper body dissected in doctor’s operation (5)
TORSO – The answer is hidden (dissected) in DOCTORS OPERATION.
8 Riders head off for Northern Vikings (8)
NORSEMEN – Remove the first letter (head off) from a word for riders and replace with the abbreviation for Northern.
9 Kew broadcast on international radio (6)
QUEBEC – The word used in the NATO phonetic alphabet for a homophone (broadcast) of Kew
14 Reschedule live satire to get going again (10)
REVITALISE – An anagram (reschedule) of LIVE SATIRE.
17 Prepare lace and chino for dyestuff (9)
COCHINEAL – An anagram (prepare) of LACE CHINO.
18 Firm supports project delays (8)
SETBACKS – A three letter word meaning firm followed by a five letter word meaning supports.
20 Pleased to have left out smart, annoying individual (6)
GADFLY – A four letter word meaning pleased without the letter L followed by a three letter word meaning smart.
21 Suspect renegade harbours haunting fear (7)
SPECTRE – The answer is hidden (harbours) in SUSPECT RENEGADE.
22 Duchess hugged by senior winter sportsman? (6)
SKATER – The first name of the Duchess of Cambridge inside (hugged by) the abbreviation for senior.
24 Male murder victim’s name (5)
MABEL – The abbreviation for male followed by the name of the brother murdered by Cain.
26 Just a bit of verbal power (4)
MITE – A homophone (verbal) of MIGHT (power).