NTSPP – 494
A Puzzle by Shabbo
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A review by Prolixic follows.
A welcome return as Shabbo entertains us. He shows that a crossword does not have to be fiendish to be enjoyable. A small mistake in the cluing in 26a did not detract from the fun.
8 Report what a loaded gun has? (8)
BULLETIN – Split 6,2 this would describe ammunition in relation to the gun.
9 Port’s without German agreement on wines (6)
RIOJAS – A Brazilian port (maintaining the ’s from the clue) around (without) the German for yes (agreement). The on does not quite work as a link word.
10 Savage found back in flat urban jungle (6)
BRUTAL – The answer is hidden (found) and reversed (back) in the fifth and sixth words of the clue. The “jungle” is padding for the surface reading and should be ignored.
11 Old case of extortion (8)
EXACTION – A two letter prefix meaning old followed by a six letter word for a legal case.
12 Hit man gets a couple of points repeated at home (8)
ASSASSIN – The A from the clue and the abbreviation for south twice (point) repeated followed by a two letter word meaning at home.
13 Jailer released unspecified number for Christmas lunch? (6)
TURKEY – Remove (released) the abbreviation for an unspecified number from an old word for a jailor.
14 A come-hither lass awfully useful at the car wash? (7-8)
CHAMOIS LEATHER – An anagram ((awfully) of A COME HITHER LASS.
18 Look at lad endlessly in summerhouse (6)
GAZEBO – A four letter word meaning look at and a three letter word for a lad with the final letter word removed (endlessly).
20 Dull rucksack requiring home assembly (4-4)
FLAT PACK – A four letter word meaning dull followed by a four letter word describing a rucksack.
23 Grip girl’s belt (8)
DISTRACT – The diminutive form of Diana’s (maintaining the ’s) followed by a five letter word for a belt or strip of land.
24 Muslim journalist tied up (6)
MOORED – A four letter word for a North African muslim followed by the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
25 Absorbed by cash; Lara Stone (6)
ASHLAR – The answer it hidden in (absorbed by) the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
26 Greek character gets money before Christian perhaps (8)
MUTINEER – A two letter word for one of the letters in the Green alphabet followed by a three letter word for money and a three letter word that has been wrongly clued as before, but is the three letters meaning ever poetically.
1 Needs engineer to withdraw papers (6)
QUIRES – An eight letter word meaning needs without (to withdraw) the two letter abbreviation for Royal Engineers.
2 Even unflappable in the doldrums? (4,4)
FLAT CALM – A four letter word meaning even or regular followed by a word letter word meaning unflappable. The answer is given in Collins on-line.
3 Picked up long-legged bird’s tracks (6)
STALKS – A homophone `(picked up) of STORKS (long-legged bird).
4 I locate feminine fancy. Never again! (4,2,1,8)
ONCE IN A LIFE TIME – An anagram (fancy) of I LOCATE FEMININE.
5 Macerate brew for afternoon treat (5,3)
CREAM TEA – An anagram (brew) of MACERATE.
6 Finlay Watson? Who? (6)
DOCTOR – The appellation that could be given to each of three words as fictional characters.
7 Hunt activist‘s boast about splitting Europe in half (8)
SABOTEUR – An anagram (about) of BOAST followed by half of the word Europe.
15 Largest competes in qualifying round (8)
HEAVIEST – A four letter word meaning competed in a four letter word for a qualifying round.
16 Worship hero having a go (8)
IDOLATRY – A four letter word for a hero followed by the A from the clue and a three letter word meaning a go or attempt.
17 Trendy club might need replacing eventually? (3,5)
HIP JOINT – A three letter word meaning trendy followed by another word for a club.
19 Praises former partner with lots going wrong (6)
EXTOLS – A two letter word meaning former partner followed by an anagram (going wrong) of LOTS.
21 Pleads guilty amidst rioting (6)
ADMITS – A anagram (rioting) of ADMIST.
22 Primitive reportedly worked on board (6)
CREWED – A homophone (reportedly) of crude (primitive).