NTSPP – 506
A Puzzle by Shabbo
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1 Stranger vetted esoteric retail security (5,9)
STORE DETECTIVE – An anagram (stranger) of VETTED ESOTERIC.
10 Resist return of outcast (5)
REPEL – An reversal (return of) leper (outcast)
11 Seasonal berries for those feeling peckish? (9)
MISTLETOE – The name of the hemiparasitic plant under which people are supposed to kiss (peck) at Christmas time.
12 Act strangely in panic to find overhead cover (4,3)
FLAT CAP – An anagram (strangely – perhaps too close to the anagram indicator in 1a) of ACT inside a four letter word for a panic.
13 Bought it past its sell-by date (7)
EXPIRED – Double definition, the first meaning having died (bought it) and the second meaning past its sell by date.
14 Go back over reason European Community annoyed people originally (5)
RECAP – The first letters (originally) of the fourth to eighth words of the clue.
16 Got rid of stinking rich (9)
OFFLOADED – A three letter word meaning rotten or stinking followed by a six letter word meaning rich.
19 Tense situation – initially flusters wildly (9)
STRESSFUL – An anagram (wildly) of S (situation initially) FLUSTERS.
20 Recall losing a bit of sleep in the heat of the Ashes (5)
EMBER – An eight letter word meaning recall without the abbreviation for rapid eye movement (losing a bit of sleep).
22 Picks a French second row (7)
UNLOCKS – The French masculine singular for A follows by the name give to rugby players in a scrum.
25 Pale ale outside for Peter perhaps (7)
APOSTLE – Another name for an upright fencing post with the ALE from the clue around it.
27 A big fish seen with copper and lawyer on Scottish island (9)
BARRACUDA – A five letter name of a Sottish island followed by the chemical symbol of copper and the abbreviation for district attorney (lawyer).
28 Ocean-going rickety boat (5)
CANOE – An anagram (going rickety) of OCEAN.
29 Experienced politicians bring together tribal leader and Americans (5,9)
ELDER STATESMEN – A five letter word for a tribal leader and a nine letter word for Americans.
2 Noisy performer may be cold with reindeer (3,6)
TAP DANCER – A plumbing fixture that may be cold followed by the name of one of Santa’s reindeer.
3 Fossil found amongst rare lichen (5)
RELIC – The answer is hidden (found amongst) the last two words of the clue.
4 500A certification is impervious of course (4-5)
DAMP-PROOF – The Roman numeral for 500 followed by the expansion of the abbreviation A and a five letter word for certification or evidence.
5 A bit of etiquette (5)
TASTE – Double definition, the first meaning a small sample of something (bit) and the second being another word for polite behaviour (etiquette).
6 Mobile in America is secure place to call home perhaps? (9)
CELLPHONE – A four letter word for secure room and a five letter word meaning to call home.
7 Late start to the season for Bury (5)
INTER – Remove the first letter (late start) from one of the seasons of the year.
8 Completed after the setter turned up and made changes (7)
EMENDED – A five letter word meaning finished after a two letter word for the setter of this crossword reversed (turned up).
9 Partial to quiet joint out east (6)
PREFER – The musical abbreviation for quiet followed by a six letter word for a cannabis joint without one of the Es (out east).
15 Encourage leader to carry minor issue in this? (9)
PUSHCHAIR – A four letter word meaning encourage followed by five letter word for the person who heads a board or committee (leader).
17 Note everyone turned up at short social break down (4,5)
FALL APART – A two letter word for a musical note followed by a three letter word for everyone reversed (turned up – as we have had turned up in 8d, a different reversal indicator would be better) and a five letter word for a social occasion with the final letter removed (short).
18 Start before she goes to the ball? (9)
DEBUTANTE – A five letter word meaning start followed by a four letter prefix meaning before.
19 Straw hair cut very short (7)
STUBBLE – Double definition, the first being the remains of straw and the second a verse short trimmed beard.
21 Staggered that slippery character was overdrawn (6)
REELED – A three letter word for a slippery fish inside a three letter word for being overdrawn (in the ***).
23 Tempted but ruled out (5)
LURED – An anagram (out) of RULED.
24 Searches back to front for accident (5)
SHUNT – A five letter word meaning searches with the last letter moved to the front.
26 No dodgy cars in Wales reportedly (5)
ORCAS – The single letter meaning no or nothing followed by an anagram (dodgy) of CARS. I don’t like clues where you have wordplay and clue to the definition.