NTSPP – 482
A Puzzle by Marg
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Welcome back to Marg from across the pond with another crossword to entertain us. This was decidedly trickier than his previous appearances.
1 Planner‘s way to assess idea (10)
STRATEGIST – The abbreviation for street (way) followed by a four letter word meaning to assess and a four letter word meaning an idea.
6 Stupid feature removed by Amazon? (4)
BOOB – Double definition for an American term for a stupid person and a part of the anatomy removed by Amazon women. Marg has succumbed to fake news. it is a myth that these warriors removed part of their anatomy to enable them to better use their bows and arrows. More importantly, as the noun for a stupid person is an Americanism, this perhaps should have been indicated.
10 Consumed by row with Democrat (5)
DRANK – The abbreviation for Democrat followed by a four letter word for a row or line.
11 Playful lionesses must be quiet (9)
NOISELESS – An anagram (playful) of LIONESSES.
12 Singer to lie desperately in court (4,3)
COLE TIT – An anagram (desperately) of TO LIE inside the abbreviation for court.
13 Spy cat frequently? (7)
SLEEPER – Double definition. The second part of the definition is a little tenuous not being a defining characteristic of a cat – proverbially, sleeping is associated with a dog.
14 My daughter is asked to be sympathetic (4-8)
WELL DISPOSED – A four letter interjection meaning my followed by the abbreviation for daughter, the IS from the clue and a five letter word meaning asked.
18 Shrink underwear and it might reveal more than intended? (8,4)
FREUDIAN SLIP – The type of female underwear that Sigmund Freud might have worn had he been so inclined.
21 Nobody else has ailing Cockney’s concern (7)
ONESELF – How someone from the East End of London (Cockney) might say one’s health.
23 Cute American writing article about Russian doll companies (7)
RACCOON – The one letter abbreviation for writing in educational speak followed by the two letter word for an article around two abbreviations for company (one inside the other – Russian doll). Unless it is a American usage, I am not aware of any particular association between cute and this animal.
24 Stress from last stages of wildfire damaged conifer (9)
REINFORCE – The final two letters (last stages) of wildfire followed by an anagram (damaged) of CONIFER.
25 Analyze standards before introduction of exams (5)
PARSE – An four letter word for standards or norms followed by the first letter (introduction) of exams. Our setter reveals his American roots again with the spelling of analyse.
26 Sheep like the sound of exercise (4)
EWES – A homophone (the sound of) of USE (exercise).
27 Few eat here yearning to keep watch for trouble (7,3)
WEATHER EYE – The answer is very well hidden in FEW EAT HERE YEARNING.
1 Corrupt opponents crushing foreign leader (6)
SEDUCE – Two opposing Bridge players followed by the Italian for leader.
2 Truly are without a friend (6)
REALLY – Remove the A from are and follow with a four letter word for a friend.
3 Weaken a U2 performance? (4,3,4,3)
TAKE THE EDGE OFF – How you might weaken the a performance by U2 by removing one of the band members.
4 Bits of info on EU country written by a local (9)
GENITALIA – A three letter word for info followed by how an Italian would refer to their country (written by a local).
5 Knock back prunes, get runs (5)
SPINS – Reverse (knock back) a five letter word for prunes or cuts.
7 Superior hand in bridge (8)
OVERPASS – A four letter word meaning superior to or above followed by a four letter word meaning to hand something to someone.
8 First trip to get leg over? (8)
BESTRIDE – A four letter word meaning first or top followed by a four letter word meaning a trip or journey.
9 After EP backfired, Prince let rip about theory predicting outcome of promotions (5,9)
PETER PRINCIPLE – Revers (backfired) the EP from the clue and follow with an anagram (about) of PRINCE LET RIP.
15 Revolutionary ginger nuts manfactured without one bit of ginger (9)
INSURGENT – An anagram (manufactured – watch spellings as there is a typo in the clue) of GINGER NUTS without the one of the Gs (without one bit of ginger).
16 Old French route turns out as expected (2,6)
OF COURSE – The abbreviations for Old and French followed by another word for a route.
17 Put on casual top over jeans (8)
TELEVISE – A three letter word for a causal top (usually followed by shirt) around (over) another word for jeans (from the name of the manufacturer). I never really like using over in a down clue to indicate containment.
19 Lord who ran resistance to European Community turned up pressure (6)
COERCE – The name of the Olympic runner who became a Lord followed by the abbreviation for resistance and a reversal (turned up) of the abbreviation for European Community.
20 Princess catching former lover’s bit on the side? (6)
ANNEXE – The name of the Queen’s daughter around (catching) a two letter word for a former lover.
22 Strength comes from self or team? (5)
FORTE – The answer is hidden (comes from) SELF OR TEAM.