NTSPP – 503
A Puzzle by Jaffa
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Jaffa entertains us with this NTSPP. Very far from his best crossword.
1 Level crossing allowing golfers access to points (10)
STABLEFORD – A six letter word meaning level or steady followed by a four letter word for a crossing through a river.
7 Show disappointment for headless gargoyle (4)
POUT -A five letter word for a gargoyle with the first letter removed (headless).
9 It’s spooky and really odd shadowing posh doctor (6)
UMBRAL – The odd letters in really after (shadowing) the the letter representing posh and the abbreviation for doctor.
10 Tactically sought after Twickenham pastry? (8)
TURNOVER – Double definition of a word for regaining the ball from the opposition and a type of sweet pastry product, often made with a filling of apples.
11 Spy unit found underground? (4)
MOLE – Triple definition of a spy, a chemical unit representing the number of molecules in a solution and a burrowing animal.
12 Coffins perhaps for Mr Sneezy and fellow afficionados (10)
SNUFFBOXES – A cryptic definition for the box in which powdered tobacco is stored, the contents of which can make you sneeze when inhaled.
13 Real Sociedad supporter? (6)
BASQUE – Double definition, the first being the regions of Spain where Real Sociedad play and the second being a supporting undergarment for a lady.
15 Belgian detective’s uplifting transport (8)
HERCULES – Double definition, the second being a military transport plane.
17 Both sides trimmed from wasteland but retaining breadth (8)
WIDENESS – A ten letter word for a wasteland without the L and the R (both sides trimmed).
20 It’s announced that some unknowns took shelter sensibly (6)
WISELY – A homophone of Ys (some unknowns) LEE (shelter).
22 I’m heard to intone flattery — it’s sweet (5,5)
ICING SUGAR – The I from the clue followed by a homophone (heard) of SING (intone) and a five letter word for flattery.
23 Credit a sign of correctness (4)
TICK – Double definition with a slang word for credit or HP and the mark for a correct answer.
24 Part of 15 has safety device to get round backing storm (8)
FUSELAGE – A four letter word for an electrical safety device around a reversal (backing) of a four letter word for a stormy wind.
25 When relaxed, do cows moo in this? (3-3)
LOW KEY – Definition and cryptic definition.
26 Old revolting Irishmen lose Scotsman near the Wash (4)
FENS – A seven letter word for Irish rebels without the Ian (lose Scotsman).
27 Cleansers frighten chaps (10)
DETERGENTS – A five letter word for frighten followed by a five letter word for men.
2 A shot returned to one of three ubiquitous boys is a lottery (7)
TOMBOLA – The A from the clue and a three letter word for a shot reversed after one of the boy’s names in the phrase ???, Dick and Harry.
3 Painter falling from dam provides possible means of recovery (5)
BARGE – A seven letter word for a dam without the RA (painter).
4 Part of Canada, which French girls mislearned badly (9,6)
ELLESMERE ISLAND – The French plural pronoun for girls followed by an anagram (badly) of MISLEARNED.
5 Not in hurry to surpass teams on the gridiron (7)
OUTRUSH – A three letter word meaning not it followed by a four letter word meaning hurry.
6 Dash with car and unruly brawler to observe bird or Sir Mick? (8,7)
DARTFORD WARBLER – A four letter word meaning to dash followed by a make of car and anagram (unruly) of BRAWLER.
7 Suspends for scoundrels (9)
PROROGUES – A three letter word meaning for followed by a six letter word for scoundrels.
8 University at Staffordshire location includes student for stringed instrument (7)
UKELELE – The abbreviation for university followed by a town in Staffordshire around (includes) the abbreviation for student.
13 Minicab owner found hidden source of vibration (3)
BOW – The answer is hidden in the first two words of the clue.
14 Sovereign with bishop and baron are said to produce leading ladies (5,4)
QUEEN BEES – A five letter word for a sovereign followed by how you would say the abbreviations for baron and bishop.
16 Reported source, supposedly of Yangtze starters (3)
SOY – The first letters (starters) of the third to fifth words of the clue.
18 Allow for nuclide transmutation (7)
INCLUDE – An anagram (transmutation) of NUCLIDE.
19 Propose realignment of gusset with good restraint (7)
SUGGEST – An anagram (realignment) of GUSSET with the abbreviation for good included.
21 Despite playing around, St Celia, is stated to be most holy (7)
LACIEST – An anagram (playing around) of ST CELIA.
23 It’s a belter thanks to three Cardinals (5)
TAWSE – A two letter word meaning thanks followed by three directions of the compass (cardinals).