NTSPP – 471
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The Mary Poppins of cruciverbalism (practically perfect in every way) returns to entertain us.
1 Regular outgoings rise and rise? (8,6)
STANDING ORDERS – Two instructions to stand up (rise and rise) might give this form of regular outgoings.
10 Horny African American inhabits one coastal city after another (5)
NYALA – The single letter abbreviation for American inside the abbreviations for New York and Los Angeles (one costal city after another).
11 Muppet stuns Kermit minimally with clout lacking power (9)
NUMBSKULL – A five letter word meaning stuns followed by the first letter (minimally) of Kermit and a four letter word meaning clout without the initial P (lacking power).
12 Tight-fitting garment’s more conspicuous at the front (7)
BUSTIER – Someone like Barbara Windsor with two notable assets at the front may be thus described.
13 Jolly colleague bringing in sweet for leading pupil (7)
ACUTELY – A four letter word for a colleague has the first L (leading pupil) replaced by a four letter word meaning sweet.
14 Produce yearly income enjoying large dividends at first (5)
YIELD – The first letters (at first) of the second to sixth) words of the clue.
16 Poorly managed Devon side swiftly went down (9)
NOSEDIVED – An anagram (poorly managed) of DEVON SIDE.
19 Treat oneself to linguine cooked with a pinch of dill (7,2)
INDULGE IN – An anagram (cooked) of LINGUINE D (pinch – first letter – of dill).
20 Having abandoned eggs long-tailed penguins are going places (5)
GENTS – Remove the OO (having abandoned eggs) from a word for long-tailed penguins.
22 Plain fence not covering hidey-hole (2,5)
EN CLAIR – The inner letters (not covering) of fence followed by a four letter word for a hidey-hole.
25 English paper relocating right to end of Central Line (7)
EQUATOR – The abbreviation for English followed by a six letter word for a paper size with the R moved to the end.
27 Old American model can add Queen to her friends? (3,6)
TIN LIZZIE – A three letter word for a can followed by an informal way of saying Elizabeth (Queen to her friends).
28 Humped fetish losing half its value in the end (5)
TOTED – Another word for a sermonical tribal pole or fetish with the final letter M halved to give a D.
29 Unfortunately still learning to box with unrestricted clinching (3-2,9)
ALL-IN WRESTLING – An anagram (unfortunately) of STILL LEARNING includes (to box) the abbreviation for with.
2 Leave behind article on self-catering featured in Vogue (9)
TRANSCEND – The two letter indefinite article and the abbreviation for self-catering inside (feature din) a five letter word for vogue or fashion.
3 Scotsman eating nothing when upset in canteen (5)
NAAFI – A three letter eponymous Scottish man’s name includes (eating) the abbreviation for Fanny Adams (nothing) with all the letters then reversed (upset).
4 Wacky racing? One’s being rude (9)
IGNORANCE – An anagram (wacky) of RACING ONES.
5 America’s minor airline groups originally set up predecessor to Delta (5)
GAMMA – A two letter abbreviation for America followed by the first letters (originally) of the second to fourth words of the clue with all the letters reversed (set up).
6 Release reprobate, one given second chance (6,3)
RESCUE DOG – A six letter word meaning release followed by a three letter word for a reprobate.
7 Posh duchess initially seduced in old earl’s shed … (5)
EXUDE – The abbreviation for posh and the first letter (initially) of duchess inside (seduced in) a two letter prefix meaning old and the abbreviation for earl.
8 … turned out the old duke stuck to climbing mountains (7)
SPLAYED – The old way of saying the and the abbreviation for duke after (stuck to) a reversal (climbing) of the name of a range of mountains.
9 Clark maybe succeeded originally being superior (6)
SNOBBY – The abbreviation for succeeded before (originally) the name of the old cricketer Mr Clark.
15 Spotted best friend in Dubrovnik? (9)
DALMATIAN – Double definition of a breed of dog and someone from Dubrovnik.
17 Maybe sound not so daft (9)
SENSELESS – A five letter for what hearing or sound is an example of followed by a four letter word meaning not so.
18 Cardinal in Lyon’s game for a wager (5-2-2)
VINGT-ET UN – A French cardinal number and another name for Blackjack (game for a wager).
19 Reserve shakes each cold drink (4,3)
ICED TEA – A three letters word for reserve or coolness followed by the abbreviation for Delirium Tremens (shakes) and the abbreviation for each.
21 Shut up Communist’s in tears (6)
SHREDS – A two letter word meaning be quiet or shut up followed by the archetypal colour for communists.
23 Regent’s possibly tracked down among Jamaican alcoholics (5)
CANAL – The answer is hidden (down among) in the final two words of the clue.
24 Panzers essentially surrounded by two lots of soldiers (one with cutting edge) (5)
RAZOR – The middle letter (essentially) of Panzers inside the abbreviation for Royal Artillery and Other Ranks (two lots of soldiers).
26 Prior to university going over load of books on Israel (5)
UNTIL – The abbreviation for university followed by the abbreviation for New Testament (books) and the IVR code for Israel.