NTSPP – 511
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A quick review as I have been in and out all day.
9 Sir Sean’s off target; the butts are down here (7)
ASHTRAY – How Sean Connery might say astray (off target).
10 Wed, being the middle one of five (7)
WEEKDAY – Wed is the abbreviation for one of five of these 24 hour periods.
11 Go live, don’t mess it up! (5,2)
LEAVE BE – A five letter word meaning go followed by a two letter word meaning live.
12 The French screw up American retrospective – that’s bizarre (7)
SURREAL – A reversal (retrospective) of the French feminine form of “the, a three letter word meaning screw up or go astray and a two letter abbreviation for American.
13 Bored head‘s regular selection of stories lambasted (9)
TREPANNED – The even letters (regular selection) of stories followed by a six letter word meaning lambasted.
15 Women shortly coming round to have a turn (5)
SWOON – The abbreviation for women with a four letter word meaning shortly around it.
16 Fluffy child’s toy that’s convertible (4,3)
SOFT TOP – A four letter word meaning fluffy followed by a three letter word for a trip of child’s toy.
19 Itinerant old band member (7)
DRIFTER – How one member of a band who’s songs include Save The Last Dance For Me and Your More Than a Number in my Little Red Book might be referred to.
20 Discovery of Viagra instantly revealed lots of oats ready to be sown? (5)
GRAIN – The answer is hidden (dis-covered) in the third and fourth words of the clue.
21 Sterilise empty fridge impounded by police officers in court (9)
DISINFECT – The outer letters (empty) of fridge inside (impounded by) a three letter abbreviation (in the plural) for Detective Inspectors (police), the IN from the clue and the abbreviation for court.
25 Looks up relative by name (5,2)
CALLS ON – A three letter word for a male relative after (by) a four letter word meaning name.
26 Nurtured predator’s pride in daughter? On the contrary (4,3)
LION CUB – Another word a daughter in a pride of lions.
28 The Bradford scaffolder set off (7)
TRIGGER – How someone from Bradford might say the word “the” followed by another word for a scaffolder.
29 Mother tiger mauled French investigator (7)
MAIGRET – A two letter word for a mother followed by an anagram (mauled) of TIGER.
1 Old time dance comes first in poll (6)
BALLOT – The abbreviations for old and time after a four letter word for dance.
2 Group of notes is irritating to the ear (6)
PHRASE – A homophone (to the ear) of frays (is irritating).
3 UK Party leader’s no saint ruling out dealing with press (4)
URGE – The name of the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party without the initial abbreviation for saint and the final two letters mean about or dealing with.
4 Opponents block in very tricky legendary winger (6)
WYVERN – Two opposing bridge players include (block in) an anagram (tricky) of VERY.
5 Couple sympathised … (continued overleaf) (3-5)
TWO-SIDED – Another word for a couple followed by a a five letter word meaning sympathised.
6 Black dog bowl (10)
DEPRESSION – Double definition.
7 Director’s parting, say, due to deviously being sidelined (5,3)
EDGED OUT – The abbreviation for director inside (parting) the abbreviation for say followed by an anagram (deviously) of DUE TO.
8 Viewer joins row over dancer’s latest make-up (8)
EYELINER – A three letter organ of sight (viewer) followed a four letter word for row or queue and the final letter (latest) of dancer.
14 After beginning to play learned to behave appropriately (3,4,3)
ACT ONE’S AGE – A phrase (3,3) for the opening of a play followed a four letter word meaning wise or learned.
16 Epic story covering, for instance, Paris’s judgement (8)
SAGACITY – A four letter word for an epic story followed by the type of conurbation of which Paris is an example.
17 FA rule violated in Hamburg miss (8)
FRAULEIN – An anagram (violated) of FA RULE followed by the IN from the clue.
18 Nit-picking journalist taken in by wheeze on railway (8)
PEDANTRY – The abbreviation for editor (journalist) inside (take in in by) a four letter word meaning wheeze or breath heavily followed by the abbreviation for railway.
22 Setter’s unfortunately regurgitated spicy food (6)
SALAMI – A two letter abbreviation for I AM (setter’s) and a four letter word meaning unfortunately all reversed (regurgitated).
23 Another chance to see Space Corps broadcast (6)
ENCORE – A two letter word for a printer’s space followed by a homophone (broadcast) of CORPS.
24 Late individual review appearing in Times disheartened a lot (2,4)
TO BITS – The abbreviation for obituary (late individual review) inside the plural of the abbreviation for time (Times).
27 Pair of cricketers welcoming greeting in US state (4)
OHIO – The cricketing abbreviation for a pair (of ducks) includes (welcomes) a two letter word for a greeting.