NTSPP – 490
A Puzzle by Gazza
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It is always a treat to see Gazza’s name appear on a Saturday and this was no exception.
1 Press hard for second time to get feathered friend … (6)
THRUSH – A six letter word meaning press with the second T(time) replaced by an H (hard).
5 … bird food (8)
PORRIDGE – Double definition for a prison sentence (bird) and a breakfast food.
9 Holy woman has cosmetic meant for the eye round her ear? (8)
LISTENER – A three letter abbreviation for a saint has a cosmetic for the eyes around it.
10 Level of acidity on Malta that’s brought up during cold spell (6)
PHLEGM – The indicator for acidity levels followed by a three letter cricketing term for on and the IVR code for Malta.
11 Chap having a hand in large bird facility involving a degree of mayhem (10)
HULLABALOO – The entertainer who had a large puppet emu and a three letter word for a toilet (facility) includes (involving) the A from the clue and a university degree.
12 Crude measure of drunkenness went awry (4)
NEWT – An anagram (awry) of WENT.
13 Poster’s inwardly cross to be truncated (8)
ABRIDGED – A two letter word for a poster includes (inwardly) a six letter word meaning to cross.
16 Triumph one cheers – first for island (6)
TAHITI – A three letter word for a triumph or success and the letter representing one preceded by (first) a two letter word meaning thanks.
17 Cunning recommendation to evade costs of recycling? (3-3)
FLY-TIP – A three letter word meaning cunning and a three letter word for a recommendation.
19 Somewhat pompous clergyman with floppy inside wanting small surgical procedure (8)
BLIMPISH – A clergy person who oversees a diocese includes (inside) a four letter word meaning floppy with the abbreviation (small) for operation (surgical procedure) being removed (wanting) from the end of the resulting letters.
21 Defect in communication on Titanic resulting in thinking the unthinkable (4)
LISP – With this speech defect, sinking the unsinkable would become thinking the unthinkable.
22 Role abroad for which he’s fully capitalised (10)
AMBASSADOR – The diplomat whose abbreviation is HE (he’s fully capitalised).
25 A sin? Yes (6)
AGREED – The A from the clue followed by another word for avarice.
26 High opening offer from broadcaster with no films or sport? (8)
SKYLIGHT – How you might describe a limited offering of channels from a satellite broadcaster.
27 Aretha, desperate, is after work that may be contracted in the theatre (5,3)
OPERA HAT – An anagram (desperate) of ARETHA after the abbreviation for work.
28 Woeful result for province (6)
ULSTER – An anagram (woeful) of RESULT.
2 Universal support for tramp’s spoken verse (5)
HAIKU – The abbreviation for universal goes under (support) a homophone (spoke) of hike (tramp).
3 Prior to jaunt I laugh internally (5)
UNTIL – The answer is hidden (internally) in the third to fifth words of the clue.
4 Worker’s capture that shocked Bracknell (7)
HANDBAG – A four letter word for a worker and a three letter word meaning capture.
5 Given limited freedom old thief keeps character hidden (7)
PAROLED – A three letter word for an old thief includes a four letter word for a character or part played in a play..
6 Bond, under criticism, left for the Marines (7)
RAPPORT – A three letter word for criticism followed by how a sailor (for the marines) would describe left.
7 Visit key sites one after another (6-3)
ISLAND-HOP – Cryptic definition for travelling from key to key (where key is a geographical term for land surrounded by water).
8 Missing Warne’s fourth Gatting was out, showing plenty of energy (9)
GIGAWATTS – An anagram of GATTING WAS after removing the fourth letter in Warne.
14 Clicking on security feature in new driver after Intel bug fixed (7,2)
BELTING UP – The abbreviation for someone who has just passed their driving test after an anagram (fixed) of INTEL BUG.
15 Bowling along wearing 27? (2,3,4)
IN TOP GEAR – Cryptic definition describing wearing the solution to 27a.
18 Putty-like lumps afford youngsters days of hilarity initially (4-3)
PLAY-DOH – The initial letters of the first seven words of the clue.
19 Take care of an issue not of one’s own making? (4-3)
BABY-SIT -Cryptic definition of someone who looks after another’s children allowing the parents a night out.
20 Would you believe it, your advice is needed? (1,3,3)
I ASK YOU – Double definition.
23 Sect rejecting motorised transport lacks horse on Sabbath – that’s unsatisfactory (5)
AMISS -The name of the religious group that shuns motorised transport without (lacks) the abbreviation for horse and goes over the abbreviation for Sabbath.
24 Pigment obtained from river in missile launch site (5)
OCHRE – The abbreviation for river inside the word for the line from which a darts player throws darts (missile launch site).