NTSPP – 497
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Welcome back to Atrica with an enjoyable and diverting crossword with the added bonus that all of the solutions include only the vowels A and I.
1 Pint is hidden by crazy Christian fundamentalists (8)
BAPTISTS – The abbreviation for pint and the iS from the clue inside Is hidden by) a four letter word meaning crazy. Most of the Baptists I know would be horrified to be described as fundamentalists.
5 Intensify in speech, coming to blows (6)
WHACKS – A homophone (in speech) of WAX (intensify)
10 Telling assessment after monarch seen divested of two layers of clothing (9)
NARRATING – The MONARCH from the clue after removing the first and last pair of letters (divested of two layers of clothing) followed by a six letter word meaning assessment.
11 Beginnings of Greek Zoroastrian interfaith reconciliation activities in Maltese port (5)
GZIRA – The initial letters (beginnings) of the third to seventh words of the clue. I have corrected the misspelling reconcilation in the clue.
12 A “yes” to the Germans given by former Greek leader (4)
AJAX – The A from the blue followed by the German for Yes and the letter representing by or times.
13 Before the conclusion of Brexit I can be found in Berlin and Paris, possibly, as profiteer (10)
CAPITALIST – The last letter (conclusion of) Brexit preceded by (before) the I from the clue in side (can be found in) the status of cities such as Berlin or Paris.
15 Humming in a prison (5)
ASTIR – The A from the clue followed by a four letter slang word for prison.
16 Thugs at first said to be mixed up in Nazi group — this is the kind of people they are (7)
SADISTS – An anagram (mixed up) of he first letter (at first) of thugs and SAID inside (in) the abbreviation for Schutzstaffel(Nazi group).
18 In exchange for your rubbish, take this — idiot! (3)
TIT – The word that proceeds the “for tat” (in exchange for your rubbish).
19 Requires undisciplined narcissist to give up clapped-out car (7)
INSISTS – An anagram (undisciplined) of NARCISSIST after removing (to give up) the rearranged letters (clapped-out) of CAR.
21 King given drink, reportedly, in first-century cup (5)
GRAIL – The regnal cypher for King George followed by a homophone (reportedly) of ALE (drink).
25 Eyesore behind screen produces unconscious response (10)
BLINDSIGHT – A five letter word for an eyesore after (behind) a five letter word for a screen.
26 Complain about someone with trousers set alight? (4)
LIAR – Reverse (about) a four letter word meaning complain.
28 In decline, top lawyer drinks strong liquor (5)
AGING – The abbreviation for Attorney General includes (drinks) a three letter word for a strong type of liquor.
29 Drummer‘s eardrum, I’m thinking, has been removed first (9)
TYMPANIST – An eight letter word for the eardrum without a two letter word meaning I’m thinking followed by1st (first).
30 Garment near empty tallboy (6)
NIGHTY – A four letter word meaning near followed by the outer letters (empty) of tallboy.
31 Places where cows may be kept (8)
INSTALLS – Split 2, 6, this might describe where cows may be kept.
1 Bar mat on the counter for feisty customer (6)
BANTAM – A three letter word meaning bar followed by a reversal (on the counter) of the MAT from the clue.
2 Undesirables emerging from a parish dance (7)
PARIAHS – An anagram (dance) of A PARISH.
3 Quatrain occasionally read from right to left in Semitic region (4)
IRAQ – A reversal (read from right to left) of the odd letters (occasionally) of the first word of the clue.
4 Litigation involving blockhead loyal to group (6)
TRIBAL – A five letter word for litigation includes (involving) the first letter (head) of block.
6 Abandoned, intoxicated — in addition, thirsty! (4,3,3)
HIGH AND DRY – Synonyms of the intoxicated, “in addition” and “thirsty”.
7 Jerk in crisis is at last fleeing those passing judgement (7)
CRITICS – A three letter word for a jerk or twitch inside (in) the crisis from the clue after removing the final IS (IS at last fleeing).
8 Well-dressed nincompoop is impertinent to a New Yorker (5-3)
SMART-ASS – A five letter word meaning well-dressed followed by a three letter word for a nincompoop.
9 In contact with controversial centre (7)
AGAINST – The central letter of controversial gives an abbreviation of the solution.
14 Anatomically, the thumb of one in a hundred (5,5)
FIRST DIGIT – A positional description of the 1 in 100.
17 A bundle of nerves, disoriented in dim bar (8)
MIDBRAIN – An anagram (disorientated) of IN DIM BAR.
18 Haplessly thirsts for things to wear (1-6)
T-SHIRTS – An anagram (haplessly) of THIRSTS.
20 At the mercy of wind, feeling sick after the last of oysters (7)
SAILING -A six letter word meaning feeling sick after the final letter (the last) of oysters.
22 First show that you approve (7)
INITIAL – Double definition.
23 Non-kosher food in hospital for holy man (6)
SHAMAN – A three letter pork product (non-Kosher food) inside a three letter word for a hospital.
24 Disgusting rat is parading on the house (6)
GRATIS – The answer is hidden (parading) in the first three words of the clue.
27 Huge walrus finally stuffed into tank (4)
VAST – The final letter of walrus inside (stuffed into) a three letter for a tank.