NTSPP – 461
A Puzzle by Marg
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1 Player misread a sitter (7)
ARTISTE – An anagram (misread) of A SITTER.
5 Pet rodent retreated under the covers (7)
BELOVED – Reverse (retreat) a four letter species of rodent and put inside a three letter word for a stepping place (under the covers = in ???).
9 She’ll explain rule on non-standard double contributions by NATO (9)
ANNOTATOR – The abbreviation for rule after (on) an anagram (non-standard) of NATO NATO.
10 Small push causing big wave (5)
SURGE – The abbreviation for small followed by a four letter word meaning push or encourage.
11 Troubled by dirt? Sanitise right away (2,4,7)
IN DIRE STRAITS – An anagram (away) of DIRT SANITISE R (right).
13 Madonna’s first choice haunt occasionally plays “Like a Virgin” (8)
MAIDENLY – The first letter of Madonna followed by a two letter word meaning choice or top -class, a three letter word for a haunt or familiar place and the even letters (occasionally) of play.
15 Pat, a stern man holding a blade? (6)
STROKE – Double definition, the first being a form of touch and the second an oarsman.
17 Plaster reportedly adhered to nothing (6)
STUCCO – A homophone (reportedly) of STUCK (adhered) followed by the letter representing nothing.
19 Slyly uses nous to get rich (8)
SENSUOUS – An anagram (slyly) of USES NOUS.
22 Looking back, Melba reviled nudity in part that’s impossible to perform (13)
UNDELIVERABLE – The answer is hidden in (in part) and reversed (looking back) in MELBA REVILED NUDITY.
25 Renowned auctioneer’s original catalogue (1-4)
A-LIST – The first letter (original) of auctioneer followed by a four letter word for a catalogue.
26 City roads not ready? It’s unbearable! (4,5)
LAST STRAW – The abbreviation for Los Angeles (city) followed by two abbreviation for street (streets being in the plural) and a three letter word meaning not ready or unripe.
27 Grow large English fruit having no core (7)
ENGORGE – A three letter abbreviation for English followed by a type of citrus fruit without its central letter (having no core).
28 Former clubs in New York showing potential (7)
LATENCY – A four letter word meaning former followed by the abbreviation for clubs inside the abbreviation for New York.
1 Like a quiet request to get moving (4)
ASAP – A two letter word meaning like followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for quiet.
2 Sunbathe on Family Island in this? (7)
TANKINI – A three letter word meaning sunbathe followed by a three letter word for family and the abbreviation for island.
3 At the end of the day, pursuing second is OK (5)
SATED – The abbreviation for second followed by the AT from the clue, the final letter of (the end of) the and the abbreviation for day.
4 Completely new flag adopted by cathedral (8)
ENTIRELY – The abbreviation for new and a four letter word meaning flag or lose energy inside (adopted by) the name of a Fenland cathedral.
5 Most basic airline holiday (6)
BAREST – The abbreviation for British Airways followed by a four letter word for a holiday.
6 Girl bored by dull leaving speech? (4,5)
LAST RITES – A four letter word for a girl includes (bored by) a five letter word meaning dull or banal.
7 Dizzy sensation before I turn green (7)
VERTIGO – A four letter word for green followed by the I from the clue and two letter word meaning a turn.
8 Feel for great ensemble‘s livery tenor (5,5)
DRESS SENSE – A five letter word for livery or clothing an a five letter word meaning tenor or drift of something.
12 Take balls of minced meat, sauce, and a bit of lemon (10)
EMASCULATE – An anagram (minced) of MEAT SAUCE L (a bit of lemon).
14 It might raise your standing to the next level? (9)
ESCALATOR – Cryptic definition of a moving staircase.
16 Supply rare Pils as compensation (8)
REPRISAL – An anagram (supply) of RARE PILS.
18 Abiding zombification? (7)
UNDYING – Double definition, the first being a word meaning ending and the second whimsically the process of reanimating a corpse as a zombie.
20 Topless fan’s conduct is going too far (7)
OVERRUN – A five letter word for a fan without the first letter (topless) and a three letter word meaning conduct or manage.
21 Advance, gun exposed (6)
EVOLVE – Remove the outer letters (exposed) from revolver (gun).
23 Fate of jelly attacked from all sides (5)
BESET – The fate of jelly is to be set.
24 A worry leaving men twisted (4)
AWRY – Remove the abbreviation for other ranks (men) from the A WORRY in the clue.