NTSPP – 472
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A review by Prolixic follows.
After an weekend on the allotment and rushing off soon to stand in at a service this evening, a short review follows.
1 Mexican’s first song almost fashionable in this style? (8)
MARIACHI – The first letter of Mexican followed by the term for a operatic song and a four letter word meaning fashionable with the final letter removed (almost).
5/1D/25 God created Lucifer? They’re the perfect couple. (1,5,4,2,6)
A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN – A cryptic and double definition, the first part being where God made have made something used to light a fire (Lucifer).
9 See 21 Down
10 Hotel seen in the right light, only more so (7)
THINNER – A three letter word for a hotel or hostelry inside (seen in) the “the” from the clue and the abbreviation for right. More so than what?
11 Countryman, one with Arabian sent back? No thanks. (5)
IRAQI – The letter representing one and the term for someone from Qatar all reversed (sent back) without the two letter work meaning thanks.
12 She gets drunk with gin, men getting involved (9)
ENMESHING -An anagram (gets drunk) of SHE GIN MEN.
13 Appeals in reserve, lack of time for poetic offence (12)
DISPLEASANCE – A five letter word meaning appeals inside a word meaning reserve or coolness of manner without the abbreviation for time.
17 Copycat killer finally arrested by men as Poirot ordered (12)
IMPERSONATOR – The final letter of killer inside an anagram (ordered) of MEN AS POIROT.
20 I’m surprised about tiling being shattered – by this? (9)
GELIGNITE – A three letter word meaning I’m surprised around an anagram (being shattered) of TILING.
22 Wind circles around (5)
SPOOL – A reversal (around) of a word meaning circles.
23 One not appreciating where cinders may be? (7)
INGRATE – Split the answer 2,5 for a description where the ashes from a fire (cinders) may be.
24/14 An electric fence at the deer farm – it’s solely my responsibility (3,4,5,4)
THE BUCK STOPS HERE – A cryptic double definition where the first part may be device to prevent deer getting out of the deer park.
25 See 5
26 Net fully unfurled in a graceful manner (8)
FLUENTLY – An anagram (unfurled) of NET FULLY.
1 See 5 Across
2 Look again at second-hand tyre when temperature’s dropped (6)
REREAD – A word for a second hand tyre without (dropped) the abbreviation for temperature.
3 It makes things more bitter (i.e. acrid) if brewed (9)
ACIDIFIER – An anagram (brewed) of IE ACRID IF.
4 20 perhaps hallucinating on expired pickled olives (4,9)
HIGH EXPLOSIVE – A four letter word meaning hallucinating or on drugs followed by a two letter word meaning expired and an anagram (pickled) of OLIVES.
6 Mars – mankind’s initial objective, NASA’s third (5)
MAIMS – The first letter (initial) of mankind followed by a three letter word for an objective and the third letter of NASA.
7 Small racket clipped net on return, creating strains (8)
TENSIONS – The abbreviation for small, a five letter for a racket or din and the net from the clue all reversed (on return).
8 I’m about to try, for example, filling leading male roles (4,4)
HERE GOES – The abbreviation for “for example” inside a word for leading men in films.
10 Fiery oriental dish devoured by office worker and other people (13)
TEMPERAMENTAL – A dour letter word for an office worker and a Latin phrase meaning and other people around a five letter word for an oriental dish.
14 See 24 Across
15 Chauvinistic one is taken in by improper joshing (8)
JINGOISH -The letter representing one inside an anagram (improper) of JOSHING.
16 Written defence of a game – soldier has one (8)
APOLOGIA – The A from the clue followed by the name of a game played on horseback, the abbreviation for an American soldier and an A (one).
18 Disappear, turning up in tent for cultured stuff? (6)
YOGURT – A two letter word meaning disappearing or leaving reversed inside the name of a type of tent.
19 Illness crucial in being lucky (6)
FLUKEY – A three letter word for an illness and a three letter word meaning crucial.
21/9 Heroic woman, cheerless bird, some say (5,7)
GRACE DARLING – A homophone (some say) of GREY (cheerless) and STARLING (bird)