NTSPP – 489
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1 Underground banker, said to be a good timekeeper (9)
METRONOME – A five letter word for an underground railway followed by a homophone (said) of a term for a banker.
6 Exaggerate delivery in court (5)
BOAST – Double definition, the second being a type of shot in a game of squash.
9 Smoke for superstar in bed (7)
CHEROOT – A four letter word for a superstar inside a three letter word for a bed.
10 Material from small Welshman expected to arrive first (7)
TAFFETA – A slang term for a welshman with the final letter removed followed by the initial letters (first) of expected to arrive. First on its own at the end of the three letters does not really indicate the first letters of all three words.
11 Making a mistake in The Crucible — is an actor being negligent? (8)
MISCUING – A mistake making a shot in snooker (The Crucible being the home of the snooker world championships) could also be an actor getting line wrong.
12 Pay the penalty for an extra (4)
ABYE – The A from the clue (an) followed by a three letter word for an extra run in cricket.
15 Mattress fashioned from reportedly friendly donkey (9)
PALLIASSE – A homophone (reportedly) of pally (friendly) ass (donkey).
18 Craft bounds choppy sea and initially can hold tack (5)
YACHT – The final letter (bounds) of choppy sea and the first letters (initially) of the final three words of the clue. I think you would needs bounds of to indicate the limits or ends of the two words.
19 Early English contains little reading material for aristocracy (5)
ELITE – The abbreviation for Early English includes (contains) the abbreviation for literature (little reading material).
21 Fancy plasterer and competent golfer? (9)
PARGETTER – A competent golfer would achieve par on each hold in a round of golf.
24 Sailing close to the wind when heading off down (4)
LUFF – Remove the first letter (heading off) from a five letter word for the soft down from cotton.
25 Testing moment when future and present monarchs eat meal with no starter (8)
CRUNCHER – The regnal cipher that would be given to Charles and the regnal cipher for the current queen include (eat) a five letter word for a midday meal without the first letter (with no starter).
29 Roof bloke’s tough in Stepney (7)
MANSARD – A three letter word for a bloke with the ‘s from the clue followed by how a Cockney might say tough or hard.
30 Post parcel containing jersey (7)
MAILLOT – A four letter word for post followed by a three letter word for a parcel of land.
31 Dodgy notary having abandoned a deception attempt (3-2)
TRY-ON – An anagram (dodgy) of NOTARY without (having abandoned) the A.
32 Embarrassed charlady who’s found on merchantman? (3,6)
RED DUSTER – A three letter word for embarrassed followed by a six letter word for a charlady. As the solution is not a person, the “who’s” might be better as “one”.
1 Eye-watering spice? (4)
MACE – Semi-cryptic definition of a type spice that is also the name of a deterrent spray.
2 Short story about Channel Island is something uplifting (7)
THERMAL – A four letter word for a story with the final letter removed (short) includes a four letter name of one of the Channel Islands.
3 Music makers assembled from former pupils, including leading Old Etonians (5)
OBOES – The abbreviation (pluralised) for former pupils includes the initial letters (leading) of the final two words of the clue. Leading on its own does not cryptically indicate the initial letters – leaders of would have been better.
4 Exposed biceps in defeats by force (7)
OUTGUNS – A three letter word meaning exposed followed by an informal term for the biceps.
5 Understanding of space-time coupled with energy (7)
ENTENTE – A two letter word for a printer’s space and the abbreviation for time twice (coupled) followed by the abbreviation for energy.
6 Polish well muscled soldier of Kent? (4)
BUFF – Triple definition, the third (in the plural) being used to describe East Kent regiments.
7 Still drink for doctor in charge (7)
ALEMBIC – A there letter word for beer (drink) followed by a two letter abbreviation for a doctor and the abbreviation for in charge. The for in the clue is out of place and is misleading.
8 Clear path described when government receives shock treatment and right wing take over (10)
TRAJECTORY – A three letter word for the British Government in India and the abbreviation for electro-convulsive shock therapy inside (take over) a four letter word for right wing. The “and right wing take over” seems very stilted. Perhaps assimilated by right wing might have been smoother.
13 Drug check enforced by traffic police (5,5)
SPEED LIMIT – A five letter word for a type of drug and a five letter word for a limit.
14 Sound emanating from Kentucky legislature (4)
KYLE – The answer is hidden (emanating from) the final two words of the clue.
16 A fatal day perhaps in ancient Rome that is timeless (4)
IDES – The Latin for “that is” without the T (timeless).
17 Risk assessment includes music (3)
SKA – The answer is hidden (includes) in the first two words of the clue.
20 Modish predilection of childhood (7)
INFANCY – A two letter word meaning modish or stylish followed by a five letter word for a predilection or liking.
21 Spanish holiday accomodation built by men after usual publicity (7)
PARADOR – A three letter word for usual followed by and abbreviation for publicity and the abbreviation for other ranks (men). Watch for spelling errors in the clues. Accommodation has two ms.
22 Having executed deed poll meander about (7)
RENAME – An anagram (about) of MEANDER. I am not sure that the definition is the same as the solution. A deed poll is legally a deed that is executed only by one person and can be used for a number of purposes.
23 Foodstuff allowed after trial that’s enthralled Arkansas (7)
TARTLET – A three letter word meaning allowed after the abbreviation for time trials around the abbreviation for Arkansas.
26 Scot’s audible greeting for shaggy Highlander in verse (5)
HAIKU – A terrible homophone (audible) of how a Scot might say Hi COW.
27 Peeled banana used to make bread (4)
NAAN – An anagram (used) of BANANA after removing the outer letters.
28 Agitate porridge served here (4)
STIR – Double definition, the second being a slang word for a penal institution.