NTSPP – 460
A Puzzle by Starhorse
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Starhorse never fails to provide an excellent crossword with tight clues, lovely surface readings and nothing that is hair-tearingly bamboozling.
1 Eagles track outlaw (9)
DESPERADO – Double definition, through if you are not old or interested enough to remember the title of records recorded by the Eagles, it might be a single definition that you had to rely on!
6 Staff continue to get the runs (5)
BATON – Split 3,2 this would indicate what a cricketer does to get runs.
9 They tell a tale of tribe lost at sea (9)
LIBRETTOS – An anagram (at sea) of TRIBE LOST.
10 Delayed briefly getting home from Italy? (5)
LATIN – A four word meaning delayed with the final letter removed (briefly) followed by a two letter word meaning home.
11 Prime Minister twice changed seat and direction (5-5-4)
NORTH-NORTH-EAST – The name of an 18th Century prime minister twice followed by an anagram (changed) of SEAT.
13 You and I are parents over fifty (7)
MAMMALS – A five letter word for female partners around (over) the Roman numeral for fifty.
15 Joy finds room for a piano that’s not so dear (7)
CHEAPER – A five letter word for joy includes (finds room for) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for piano.
17 Pieces left out, put in the shade (7)
ECLIPSE – An anagram (out) of PIECES L (left).
19 Hide in one corner of a Greek island? (7)
SECRETE – A corner in terms of a compass direction and the name of a Greek island.
21 Present a leg? (8,6)
STOCKING FILLER – Double definition, the first being small Christmas gifts and the second, cryptic for a description of a leg in terms of a pair of tights.
25 Part of church visited by one born yesterday? (5)
NAIVE – The name of the central part of a church around (visited by) the letter representing one.
26 Food from Mexico and Iceland has mostly gone off (9)
ENCHILADA – An anagram (gone off) of ICELAND HA (has mostly – ie the final letter removed).
27 Allowed to make a quick getaway? (5)
LEGIT – Split 3,2, this slang word for legal means run off quickly.
28 Those who mock took woman to see leaders (9)
SATIRISTS – A three letter word meaning took (as in took an exam) followed by a four letter woman name and the initial letters (leaders) of to see.
1 Young player caught out by Durham’s opener, the fool (4)
DOLT – A four letter word for a young sportsperson without the C (caught out) after the initial letter (opener) of Durham.
2 Standard vessel swapped – it’s inferior (9)
SUBNORMAL – A six letter word meaning standard and a three letter word for an underwater vehicle with their places swapped in the answer.
3 Choose God for Greek tragedy (7)
ELECTRA – A five letter word meaning choose followed by a two letter name of an Egyptian god.
4 Instruction to shoot I neglected to obey (3,2)
ACT ON – What a direct calls to begin shooting a film scene without (neglected) the I.
5 Former pupil almost thumped heartless teachers in bars (9)
OBSTRUCTS – A two letter abbreviation for a former pupil followed by a six letter word meaning thumped without the final letter (almost) and the outer letters (heartless) of teachers.
6 Send up good-for-nothing husband that’s unco-operative (7)
BOLSHIE – Reverse (send up) a word for a good-for-nothing person and follow with the abbreviations for husband and that it (id est).
7 Fish supper to consume together on vacation (5)
TETRA – A three letter word for supper includes (to consume) the outer letters (on vacation) of together.
8 Futile plan “N”? (3-7)
NON-STARTER – A description of a three letter word meaning no in France gives a word for a futile plan.
12 Formal emails riddled with porn (10)
IMPERSONAL – An anagram (riddled) of EMAILS PORN.
14 Back Head’s austere approach (9)
STERNNESS – A five letter word for the back of a boat followed by a four letter word for a head of land.
16 Alpines cultivated to live inside – they’re very common (9)
PLEBEIANS – An anagram (cultivated) of ALPINES includes a two letter word meaning to live.
18 Most powerful clergyman showing approval for King (7)
POKIEST – A six letter word for a clergyman or woman with a two letter word meaning approval in place of the abbreviation for king.
20 Miner runs after dog (7)
COLLIER – A breed of dog followed by the abbreviation for runs.
22 Unsettled by sport’s lack of leadership (5)
OWING – The name of a sport involving oarsmen or women without the initial letter (lack of leadership).
23 Feature expert in newspaper (5)
FACET – A three letter word for an expert inside the abbreviation for Financial Times (newspaper).
24 Plans revealed in unwanted messages from the south (4)
MAPS – Reverse (from the south) of a type of unwanted e-mail communication.