NTSPP – 524
A Puzzle by Shabbo
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1 Make a stand as point is reversed about 14 (6)
TRIPOD – A three letter word for a point is reversed around the abbreviation for rest in peace (an example of the solution to 14d).
4 Spectator or another publication (8)
OBSERVER – Double definition for a spectator and a Sunday newspaper.
9 Traitor in time will make mistakes (6)
ERRATA – A three letter word for a traitor inside three letter word for a period of time.
10 Barge into seafood pub, reportedly (6,2)
MUSCLE IN – A homophone (reportedly) of mussel (seafood) inn (pub).
12 Broadcasting where East Ender might put gel (2,3,3)
ON THE AIR – How a Cockney (East Ender) might describe where you put hair gel.
13 Please recycle this tree (6)
SAPELE -An anagram (recycle) of PLEASE.
15 Repetition of vandalised retail canopy (6,6)
ACTION REPLAY – An anagram (vandalised) of RETAIL CANOPY.
18 Columns, by the way, should be illuminating (6,6)
STREET LIGHTS – Cryptic definition of what provides illumination along a road.
21 Spirit found at times outside South African capital (6)
BRANDY – A two letter word meaning times or multiplication around the currency (capital) of South Africa.
22 Grateful perhaps for order to shoot (4,4)
OPEN FIRE – Double definition, the first highly dubious a full grate perhaps and an order to shoot guns.
24 Terrible flu panic for match at Wembley? (3,5)
CUP FINAL – An anagram (terrible) of FLU PANIC.
25 No T-bone for Spanish dish (6)
PAELLA – Remove the T from the name of the knee bone.
26 Rank textile worker (8)
SERGEANT -A type of coarse material followed by a type of insect noted as a worker.
27 Goes around in women’s clothing (6)
SKIRTS – Double definition for a word meaning to go round something and a type of woman’s clothing.
1 Sober and 18 of course? (8)
TEETOTAL – The number of tees on a golf course.
2 Put out water with G&T replacement (8)
IRRITATE – An eight letter word meaning water with the G replaced by a T.
3 Frightfully entitled, doth one sign here…? (2,3,6,4)
ON THE DOTTED LINE -An anagram (frightfully) of ENTITLED DOTH ONE.
5 Navy depressed adult (4)
BLUE – Triple definition of the colour navy, a word meaning depressed and something whose subject matter is of a risqué adult nature.
6 Outcry over gospel! (11,4)
EXCLAMATION MARK – Look closely to see the highlighted definition. An eleven word meaning an outcry followed by the name of one of the four gospels in the New Testament.
7 Endless French wine by the jug for 4 (6)
VIEWER – Another word for the answer to 4a. The French word for wine with the final letter removed (endless) followed by a four letter word for a jug.
8 Shoot policeman in Bow Street (6)
RUNNER – Double definition for a shoot from a plant and the final word for the old term for a policeman – Bow Street …
11 I’d turn up to sign journals (7)
DIARIES – Reverse (turn up) the I’D from the clue and follow by the name of one of the signs of the Zodiac.
14 Grave reminder of pit heap collapse (7)
EPITAPH – An anagram (collapse) of PIT HEAP.
16 Novel is sharper when promoted initially (8)
THRILLER – An eight letter word meaning sharper or more noisy with the first letter replace by the letter that follows it in the alphabet (promoted initially).
17 Weapons picked up as a guise (8)
ASSEGAIS – A homophone (picked up) of AS A GUISE.
19 You can count on this being a Roman god without honour (6)
ABACUS – The A from the clue followed by the name of the Roman god of wine and revelry without the abbreviation for Companion of Honour.
20 Endless bubbly in picnic basket (6)
HAMPER – The informal word for Champagne without the first and last letters (endless).
23 Draw the Ashes according to Test Match Special (4)
EARN – A homophone of URN (Ashes according to Test Match Special).