NTSPP – 498
A Puzzle by Marg
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A day in the garden hacking back ivy, privet and laurel have delayed the production of this review. Here it now is:
1 Makes up, but rapidly turns critical (5,2,1,4)
COMES TO A HEAD – A phrase (5,2) meaning makes (in the sense of the price payable for several items) followed by a five letter word meaning up that is split 1,4 in the solution.
9 Government’s main office? (9)
ADMIRALTY – The Government department responsible for the navy (main).
10 Limits on propaganda began as black and white issue (5)
PANDA – The first and last (limits on) letters of the third word of the clue with a conjunction between them to indicate both of them.
11 Deer meat regularly goes down well? (6)
BUCKET – A four letter word for a male deer followed by the even letters (regularly) of meat.
12 Bouncy boy given dab of mashed banana? (8)
BABYFOOD – An anagram (bouncy) of BOY DAB OF.
13 Excuse naked betrayals (6)
REASON – An eight letter word meaning betrayals with the outer letters removed (naked).
15 Backlash after opening of play wears on and on (8)
REACTION – The opening part of a play is included in (wears) a two letter word meaning on and the second on from the clue.
18 Vogue stumped by lady’s dressing without extravagance (8)
MODESTLY – A four letter word manning vogue followed by the abbreviation for stumped and the outer letters (dressing) of lady.
19 Big cup for small mouth? (6)
GOBLET – The solution could be a diminutive form of a slang word for the mouth if it ended let.
21 Be quiet and no looking! (3,1,4)
NOT A PEEP – Double definition of a phase meaning to be be quiet and a phrase meaning don’t look.
23 At first protestors showed youthful revolutionary spirit (6)
PSYCHE – The first letters of the third to fifth words of the clue followed by the well known South American revolutionary.
26 Sage family member invested in superior valuations (5)
ORVAL – The answer is hidden in the final two words of the clue.
27 Warmed up for a run and eager to start (3,2,4)
HOT TO TROT – Semi-cryptic definition of warm up exercises for a run and a phrase meaning eager to start.
28 Trump’s fired up base creates disaster in America (8,4)
DUMPSTER FIRE – An anagram (up) of TRUMPS FIRED followed by the letter representing the base of natural logarithms.
1 Type of music made by Bach and R.E.M. (7)
CHAMBER – An anagram (made by) of BACH REM.
2 Copy note by note, more or less (5)
MIMIC – A repeated two letter word for a note on the musical scale followed by the single letter abbreviation for circa (more or less).
3 Examiners use “Sorry” very casually (9)
SURVEYORS – An anagram (casually) of USE SORRY V (very).
4 Solemn, humble, not large to begin with (4)
OWLY – Remove the initial L from a word meaning humble.
5 Blow for farmer? (8)
HAYMAKER – A type of boxing punch reminiscent of what a farmer does.
6 Use like cider? (5)
APPLY – Cider is made from apples so in the same way that something made from peaches could be peachy – cider might by thus described.
7 Party of peacekeepers causing annoyance (8)
UNSOCIAL – Split 2-6, the solution could describe a party held by the international peacekeeping organisation.
8 Pull up on space to park (6)
GARDEN – Reverse (up) a four letter word meaning to pull followed by a two letter printer’s space.
14 Extra publicity needed before seedy bar acquires appeal (8)
ADDITIVE – A two letter abbreviation for advertising followed by a four letter word for a seedy bar around a two letter word for sex appeal.
16 Lacking English, criminal took course providing quick overview (5,4)
COOKS TOUR – An anagram (criminal) of TOOK COURSE without the E (lacking English).
17 First-rate naughty bit (4-4)
BLUE-CHIP -A four letter word for something saucy or rude followed by a four letter word for a bit of something.
18 Servant‘s leg visible under skirt (6)
MINION – A side in cricket after (under) a four letter word for a short skirt.
20 Support foreign settler (7)
TRESTLE – An anagram (foreign) of SETTLER.
22 Sauce from Ukraine lifted dish (5)
PILAU – A reversal (lifted) of the IVR code for Ukraine and a three letter word for sauce or cheek.
24 Amazing! US soldier might do Queen’s bidding? (5)
CORGI – A three letter word meaning amazing followed by a two letter abbreviation for a US soldier.
25 A fool in Congress (2,2)
AT IT – The A from the clue followed by a three letter word for a fool.