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Saturday Night Takeaway by Chameleon
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The presenters of Saturday Night Takeaway are Ant and Dec. These two names appear in 10 of the solution without being indicated in the clues.
8 Calls for soldiers to evacuate city (8)
WARRANTS – An eight letter word for soldier without RIO (to evacuate city). ANT appears in the solution.
9 Shakespeare’s art is present in one of these (6)
TENSES – Art is an example of of a verbal form used by Shakespeare of which present is an example.
10 Show of exhaustion from major character in Pride and Prejudice (4)
PANT – The major character of both Pride and Prejudice is the first letter. Follow this with ANT.
11 Caught with a pair of organs? It’s easily done when romping (4,4,2)
LAID EYES ON – An anagram (when romping) of EASILY DONE.
12 Tool has two trees cut from different ends (6)
PINCER – A combination of PINE AND ACER (two trees) without the last and first letters (cut from different ends).
14 Like a dictator, Jacob may cheer once legislature closes (2,6)
BY DECREE – The last letters (closes) of the fourth to eighth words of the clue. DEC appears in the solution.
15 One Geordie potentially backing broadcaster (7)
ANTENNA – The two letter indefinite article (one) followed by the abbreviation for the region of the UK where Geordies potentially live all reversed (backing). ANT appears in the solution.
17 Crown king in London institution’s upper chamber (3,4)
TOP DECK – A three letter word for the crown or summit of something and the abbreviation for king. DEC appears in the solution.
20 New series of I’m A Celeb takes Chameleon for a plonker (8)
IMBECILE – An anagram (new series of) IM A CELEB – with an I (Chameleon) for the A.
22 They’re ever so thick, US presidents (6)
BUSHES – Double definition of thick vegetation and father and son US Presidents.
23 Calculated question provided by newspaper editor (10)
QUANTIFIED – A two letter abbreviation for questions followed by a two letter word meaning provided, the single letter for a newspaper and the abbreviation for editor. ANT appears in the solution.
24 Retro hip-hop piece secures No. 1 for duo (4)
PAIR – The three letter word for hip-hop music is reversed (retro) and includes an I (No 1).
25 Some blokes who are troublemakers through the earpiece (6)
MESSRS – A homophone (through the earpiece) of messers (troublemakers).
26 Man on the left meets monarch – one may supply the booze (8)
DECANTER – The name of the first of our duo (man on the left) followed by the two letter abbreviation for the current queen. DEC appears in the solution.
1 Government action sees US hacker stop Nato IT working (8)
TAXATION – The American spelling of axe (US hacker) in (stops) an anagram (working) of NATO IT.
2 Britain’s Got Talent finalist coming after a spoilt kid (4)
BRAT – The abbreviation for Britain followed by the final letters (finalist) of talent after the A from the clue
3 Clerical error has duplicated yearly projection (6)
ANTLER – The three consecutive letters that are duplicated in clerical error. ANT appears in the solution.
4 Flower emerges after roof of old prison comes down over one wing (7)
ASTILBE – The name of the old French prison has the first letter moving down and replacing (over) one of the letters that looks like a wing of a building.
5 Tackle and hot drink without a lid don’t mix (6,2)
ATTEND TO – A type of coffee without the first letter (without a lid) followed by an anagram (mix) of DONT.
6 Following season with no win, delivery of Root’s is appealing (10)
INTERCEDES – A season of the year without the W (no win) followed by a homophone (delivery) of seed (root).
7 Unscramble noodles now and again (6)
DECODE – The even letters (now and then) of noodles. DEC appears in the solution.
13 Genius French writer’s cracking clues heartlessly (10)
CLEVERNESS – The name of a French author Jules in (cracking) the out pairs of letters (heartlessly) of clues.
16 Like the most intrusive neighbour, perhaps, installing another speaker? (8)
NOISIEST – The most intrusive neighbour is the nosiest. It needs another I within in it but I cannot see how the I is properly indicated. The speaker does not mean I. The setter is a writer not a speaker.
18 Extras aren’t normally so badly directed (8)
CREDITED – An anagram (badly) of DIRECTED.
19 Bed I constructed with NHS seats (7)
BEHINDS – An anagram (constructed) of BED I NHS.
21 Flash person practising Killer Queen? (6)
MOUSER – A two letter word meaning a flash or instant followed by a four letter word for a person practicing.
22 Moneylender swaps a note for European ornament (6)
BEDECK – The name of a financial institution has the A N (note) replace by an E (European). DEC appears in the solution.
24 Legs with sensitive digits (4)
PINS – Double definition – the second by sensitive numbers your type in a ATMs.