NTSPP – 495
A Puzzle by Starhorse
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A very nice and accessible crossword from Starhorse.
1 College remains crumbling close to Ely (8)
SEMINARY – An anagram (crumbling) of REMAINS followed by the last letter (close to) of Ely.
5 Chance for Grace? (6)
PRAYER – Double definition, the first as in the saying “He hasn’t a ??????” and the second being another word something said before a meal?
10 Annoys comrades, withdrawing half their rights (7)
BOTHERS – An eight letter word for members of a trade union (comrades) with one of the letters R removed (withdrawing half their rights.
11 Run into bar – or several bars? (7)
EXCERPT – The abbreviation for run inside (into) a word for a bar or exclude.
12 Research into vintage is flawed (13)
INVESTIGATION – An anagram (flawed) of INTO VINTAGE IS.
14 Prosecuted over payment that’s deferred (9)
SUSPENDED – A four letter word meaning prosecuted around (over) a five letter word for payment.
16 Manoeuvre large frame (5)
EASEL – A four letter word meaning to manoeuvre something gently followed by the abbreviation for large.
17 Beginning section of Bronte’s novel rejected (5)
ONSET – The answer is hidden (section of) and reversed (rejected) in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
19 Prepare to get rid of substitute (9)
MAKESHIFT – A four letter word meaning prepare followed by a five letter word meaning get rid of.
22 The basis of 1 across? (8,5)
STARTING POINT – Definition and cryptic definition, 1a being where you start solving the crossword.
25 It split earlier (3-4)
ONE TIME – Split the IT to give I T and substitute words for the corresponding abbreviations.
26 Twisted American writer stabbing fat cat (7)
LEOPARD – The three letter American gothic horror author reversed (twisted) inside (stabbing) a four letter word for fat.
27 Brief seen without son (6)
POTTED – A seven letter word meaning seen without the initial S (without son).
28 Lied about Head’s reluctance to work (8)
IDLENESS – An anagram (about) of LIED followed by a four letter word for a head of land.
1 Proposal of assignment for Nautilus? (10)
SUBMISSION – Split 3, 7 the answer would be an assignment for an underwater craft such as the Nautilus.
2 Swing a cat? American composer objects … (7)
MOTIVES – Reverse (swing) a three letter word for a male cat and follow with the surname of the American composer Burl ????.
3 … calls for works to be heard (5)
NEEDS – A homophone (to be heard) of kneads (works).
4 Stop briefly, caught in the middle of Cardiff, and reverse (7)
RESCIND – A four letter word meaning stop with the final letter removed (briefly) followed by the IN from the clue and the middle letter of Cardiff.
6 Those not serving as business administrators? (9)
RECEIVERS – Cryptic definition of someone who is not serving at tennis and definition of those appointed to administer a company in financial difficulties.
7 Briefs like yours perhaps? (1-6)
Y-FRONTS – The description of the position of the letter Y in yours.
8 Ceremony suitable for broadcast (4)
RITE – A homophone (for broadcast) of right (suitable).
9 Notice about pain put up (6)`
REGARD – A two letter word meaning about followed by a reversal (put up) of something that is a pain in the tedious sense.
13 Reproduce stipulated bromides (10)
PLATITUDES – An anagram (reproduce) of STIPULATED.
15 Confused text: “Dare I hand over the accused?” (9)
EXTRADITE – An anagram (confused) of TEXT DARE I.
18 Dubious clan holding American Head of Police (7)
SUSPECT – A four letter word for a clan or group around (holding) a two letter abbreviation for American and the first letter (head) of police.
19 Obsessed with losing small glove (6)
MITTEN – A seven letter meaning obsessed without the initial S (losing small).
20 Inflamed family ran over Duke (7)
KINDLED – A three letter word for family and a three letter word meaning ran or managed around (over – does not really work in a down clue) the abbreviation for duke.
21 Restriction left off at end of incomplete copy (7)
IMITATE – A five letter word for a restriction without the initial L (left off) followed by the AT from the clue and the last letter (end) of incomplete.
23 Planning cut short, nurses working flat out (5)
PRONE – A four letter word meaning planning (being the shortened form of preparation) included (nurses) a two letter word meaning working.
24 Pen shop? (4)
COOP – Double definition of a pen where you might find chickens and a chain of shops.