NTSPP – 488
A Puzzle by Dill
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Dill shows us her skills as a setter with a gentle and engaging crossword.
1 Current division of pupils (6)
STREAM – Double definition of flowing water (current) and a division of pupils in a school.
4 Hugs from supporters following teams regularly (8)
EMBRACES – a five letter word for structural supports after (following) the even letters (regularly) in teams.
9 Spy master not really looking friendly (6)
SMILEY – Double definition of the spymaster in the John Le Carre novels and a word meaning looking friendly.
10 Brunette ex-PM pursues fanatic (3-5)
NUT-BROWN – The surname of the ex-Labour PM who succeeded Tony Blair after (pursues) a three letter word for a fanatic.
12 Reconfigure a frenetic connection (9)
INTERFACE – An anagram (reconfigure) of A FRENETIC.
13 Motivation to plunge into river? On the contrary (5)
DRIVE – The abbreviation for river inside a four letter word meaning motivation.
14 Skilled in husbandry, she grew out of being madly into orgasm (10)
AGRONOMIST – An anagram (madly) of INTO ORGASM.
16 Man, perhaps, stuck in this lesson (4)
ISLE – The answer is hidden (stuck in) in the final two words of the clue.
18 Crew member used to hoist flag (4)
JACK – Triple definition of a sailor, a tool used to raise or hoist things and a flag.
20 Wild cat that inspires males to form emotional bond (10)
ATTACHMENT – An anagram (wild) of CAT THAT includes a three letter word for males.
23 Vessel contains Asian noodles over eggrolls for starters (5)
CANOE – The initial letters (for starters) of the second to sixth words of the clue.
24 Poise of business representative certain about love (9)
COMPOSURE – The abbreviations for company (business) and a politician (representative) with a four letter word meaning certain all around the letter representing nothing or love.
26 Worshipper‘s commitment vow supposedly expressed afterwards (8)
IDOLATOR – A commitment vow (1, 2) (that has never formed part of the marriage service hence the supposedly) followed by a homophone (expressed) of a later (afterwards).
27 Strategy swaps syllables for signing on course (6)
TICTAC – A six letter word for strategy had the two syllables forming the word exchanged.
28 Dodgy dealers pocket 1000 jewels (8)
EMERALDS – An anagram (dodgy) of DEALERS includes (pocket) the Roman numeral for 1000. Perhaps pocketing might have smoothed the cryptic reading of the clue.
29 Heartlessly disinterested in condition of nerves (6)
NEURAL -A seven letter word meaning disinterred without the middle letters (heartlessly).
1 American tucks into his processed oriental food (5)
SUSHI – A two letter abbreviation for American inside (tucks into) an anagram (processed) of HIS.
2 Party list one enrolled in (7)
ROISTER – A six letter word for a list or rota includes (enrolled in) the letter representing one.
3 Deviant 18, Queen, King and soldier (8)
ABERRANT – A two abbreviation for a sailor (from the solution to 18a) followed a two letter abbreviation for the current queen, a single letter abbreviation for king and a three letter word for a worker insect.
5 Doctor employment for retiring person (5)
MOUSE – A two letter word for a doctor followed by a three letter word for employment.
6 Further offers from recycled debris (6)
REBIDS – An anagram (recycled) of DEBRIS.
7 Sweet treats made by chef – over 6 to 8 pastries! (7)
COOKIES – A four letter word for a cook followed by the sixth to eighth letters of pastries.
8 Most open because on holiday (9)
SINCEREST – A five letter word meaning because over (on) a four letter word for a holiday.
11 2 animals, possibly domesticated, mount another that’s probably not (6)
MARMOT – A three letter word for a male cat and a three letter word for a male sheep all reversed (mounted)
14 Modern day dance includes shock treatment to be a qualifier (9)
ADJECTIVE – A two letter word for the modern day followed by a four letter word for an energetic type of dance around the abbreviation for electroconvulsive shock therapy.
15 Setter’s after fake, soft leather (6)
SHAMMY – A two letter word meaning the setter’s after a four letter word meaning fake.
17 Pool disinfectant made from Spooner’s natural wash (8)
CHLORINE – A Spoonerism of raw (natural) clean (wash).
19 Comfort prisoner all on his own (7)
CONSOLE – A three letter word for a prisoner followed by a four letter word meaning all on his own.
21 Peer and conservative, both endlessly representing North-South divide (7)
EQUATOR – The words equal (peer) and tory (conservative) each with the final letter removed.
22 Articles support Buddhist ladies’ quarters (6)
ZENANA – Two indefinite articles after (support) a three letter word for Buddhist.
24 Gloom when 17 symbolically upset couple (5)
CLOUD – The chemical symbol for the answer to 17d followed by a reversal (upset) of a three letter word for a couple.
25 Outperform very big label on the radio (5)
EXCEL – A homophone (on the radio) of XL (a label size for very big).