NTSPP – 519
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1 I called around for Mark in Besançon (7)
CEDILLA – An anagram (around) of I CALLED.
5 Most intent to eke out retreat (7)
KEENEST – An anagram (out) of EKE followed by a four letter word for a retreat or comfy place.
9 Unsolicited advisers promote Spanish car clubs (4-4,7)
BACK-SEAT DRIVERS – A four letter word meaning promote followed by a four letter word for a Spanish car makers and another word for some golf clubs.
10 Let out centimetre, lose middle, then cutback (4)
EMIT – The inner four letters (lose middle) of centimetre reversed (the cutback). Just me, or does the clue tell you to exclude the middle and reverse the remaining letters?
11 Charbonnier’s possible delivery method allowing freedom of choice? (1,2,5)
A LA CARTE – How a French charcoal maker might deliver charcoal – on the cart?
14 Charbonnier’s possible delivery method, some would say, leads nowhere (3-2-3)
CUL DE SAC – How a French charcoal maker might deliver charcoal – coal in sack? I think that the homophone here does not work, even allowing for regional variations in pronunciation. With this and the previous clue perhaps requiring solvers to know the French derivation of Chabonnier (now used mainly as a surname) is a bit of a stretch.
16 Six grand belonging to us generates pizzazz (6)
VIGOUR – The Roman numerals for six followed by the abbreviation for grand and a three letter word meaning belonging to us.
18 SI Unit redefined by northeners (6)
INUITS – An anagram (redefined) of SI UNIT.
19 Marine recruitment employing 5d in China? (8)
SHANGHAI – Double definition, the first being a term for involuntary recruitment into the Royal Navy and the second a port in China.
21 Tipsters on the telephone, make gains (8)
PROPHETS – A homophone (on the telephone) of profits (gains).
22 Changeable internet idea displaying egotism? (4)
MEME – Split 2,2 this would be an egotistical phrase.
25 Home Counties’ loyalists reserve initial scorn for tabloid editors (15)
SENSATIONALISTS -The abbreviation for Southeast (Home Counties) followed by a 12 letter word for loyalists containing (reserve) the first letter (initial) of scorn.
26 Different synonym for Anglesey (4,3)
YNYS MON – An anagram (different) of SYNONYM.
27 Ethers can regularly overcome classes of flies (7)
TSETSES – The odd letters (regularly) in ETHERS around (can overcome) a four letter word for classes.
1 Latin American source of two symbolic metals (4)
CUBA – The chemical symbols for copper and barium.
2 Cancel my curried stew – this will pay for it! (7,8)
DECIMAL CURRENCY – An anagram (stew) of CANCEL MY CURRIED.
3 Musician – reportedly one of two drunk (5)
LISZT – The musician who completed the Cockney phrase for being drunks – Brahms and ….
4 Middle-class potboilers read twice? (3,5)
AGA SAGAS – A type of middle class cooker (in the plural) repeated (read twice).
5 Snatch sleep in the nursery? (6)
KIDNAP – Split 3,3, this might loosely describe sleep in the nursery.
6 Perhaps waxing with joy about Greek character (9)
EPILATION – A seven letter word meaning joy around a two letter character in the Greek alphabet.
7 Scientists capable of producing chrome testicles (15)
ELECTROCHEMIST – An anagram solution (capable of producing) would be CHROME TESTICLES.
8 Oddly raise kiss up to man who required a backstop! (4)
TUSK – The odd letters in “kiss up to” all reversed (oddly).
12 River with low pH environment is pungent (5)
ACRID – The abbreviation for river with a description of a substance with a low Ph around it.
13 Played enthralling game for old 26a resident (5)
DRUID – A there letter word meaning performed or played around (enthralling) the abbreviation for rugby union (game).
15 Medium emanation from disturbed camel spot (9)
ECTOPLASM – An anagram (disturbed) of CAMEL SPOT.
17 Over enthusiastic body-builder with big pecs? Possibly old (8)
CHESTNUT – Someone obsessed with building his or her pecs might be described 5,3.
20 Renew contract or leave (6)
RESIGN – Double definition, the first with a notional 2-4 phrasing when pronounced.
22 Undressed G-Men take shelter from ruckus (5)
MELEE – The inner letters (undressed) of G-MEN followed by a three letter word for shelter.
23 Game beginning with one of twenty-six (1-3)
I SPY – The children’s game where you have to guess something seen by the questioner having been given only the initial letter.
24 Aussies consistently employ Status Quo (2,2)
AS IS – The odd letters (consistently) of the first word of the clue.