NTSPP – 526
A Puzzle by Gazza
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Short and sweet today as I have only just sat down after a busy day out and about.
1 Piece about queen’s old flame getting drawn-out divorce? (6)
BREXIT – The three letter word meaning piece around the single letter abbreviation for queen and a two letter word for an old flame.
4 Possible remedies for those suffering from pins and needles (8)
THIMBLES – Crpytic definition of what might protect a sewer from being pricked by pins and needles.
9 Scotch is able occasionally to make one convivial (6)
SOCIAL – The odd letters (occasionally) of the first three words of the clue.
10 Struggling on course, father’s overlooking first rule (5,3)
ABOVE PAR – A two letter word for father proceeded by (first) a five letter word meaning overcooking and followed by the abbreviation for rule.
12 Fitting is stored in sack with a handle (8)
BAPTISED – A three letter word meaning fitting and the is from the clue inside (stored in) a three letter word for a place to sleep (sack).
13 Peacekeeping organisation’s ever escalating needs originally kept hidden (6)
UNSEEN – The possessive form of the abbreviation for United Nations (peacekeeping organisations) followed by the initial letters (originally) of the third to fifth words fo the clue.
15 Carrier company’s justification for proposal (8,4)
BUSINESS CASE – Double definition for a type of bag (carrier) and a company’s justification for a proposal.
18 Old imperial soldier uttered rebuttal on mountain side (6,6)
BENGAL LANCER – A three letter word for a Scottish mountain followed by a four letter word for an attitude or side followed by a homophone (uttered) of answer (rebuttal).
21 A-team succeeded, embracing repeatedly proclaimed sound principles (6)
AXIOMS – The A from the clue, the Roman numerals for the number of people in a football team and the abbreviation for succeeded around (embracing) a symbol repeated in meditation.
22 Maureen’s misplaced password may be needed subsequently (8)
USERNAME – An anagram (misplaced) of MAUREENS.
24 Withdraw from English museum worried about prize being cut (8)
EVACUATE – The abbreviations for English and the Victoria and Albert Museum and a three letter word meaning worried around a three letter word for a prize with the final letter removed (being cut).
25 Generous, rather like John in Dallas (6)
LAVISH – How you might describe toilet (John in Dallas).
26 Setter’s backing king in country that’s mounted challenges (8)
GYMKHANA – A two letter word meaning belonging to the setter reversed (backing) following by the abbreviation for king inside a five letter word for a country in Africa.
27 Discriminating consumers, say, mobbed by campers? (6)
VEGANS – The abbreviation for for example (say) inside (mobbed by) a four letter word for a type of vehicle of which campers are an example.
1 Bug-eyed creature, a crawler as Dubya once was? (8)
BUSHBABY – A description of a US president before he could walk.
2 Key above forged map is pure fantasy (8)
ESCAPISM – A three letter word for a key on a keyboard followed by an anagram (forged) of MAP IS.
3 Little drink‘s found in inner city (7,8)
ITALIAN VERMOUTH – The inner letters of city give the abbreviation for this drink.
5 Surgeon’s overwhelmed by greeting in one side of Edinburgh (4)
HIBS – A two letter word for a greeting followed by the abbreviation for Bachelor of Surgery.
6 Stimulating wicked satire’s biting about effortless way to get elevated (6,9)
MOVING STAIRCASE – A six letter word meaning stimulating followed by an anagram (wicked) of SATIRES around a two letter abbreviation meaning about.
7 Bride’s pallor’s covered over no longer (6)
LAPSED – The answer is hidden (covered) and reversed (over) in the first two words of the clue.
8 Confessed, admitting initially ripping off garment (6)
SARONG – A four letter word meaning confessed around (admitting) the initial letters of ripping off.
11 Embarrassment over years of decline in Telegraph? (7)|
MESSAGE – A four letter word for an embarrassing situation followed by a three letter word for years of decline.
14 Copper, smothered in crude oil on street, is seeing specialist (7)
OCULIST – The chemical symbol for copper in an anagram (crude) of OIL all on top of the abbreviation for street.
16 Complaint from jerk in small Channel Islands group trying to keep dry (8)
SCIATICA – A three letter word for a spasm or jerk inside the abbreviation for small and the abbreviations for Channel Islands and Alcoholics Anonymous (group trying to keep dry).
17 Audibly splits trousers (8)
BREECHES – A homophone (audibly) of breaches (splits).
19 Rotter ordered goods (3,3)
BAD EGG – A four letter word meaning ordered followed by the abbreviation for good twice (goods).
20 Busy southern branch put out of action (6)
DISARM – A two letter abbreviation for a policeman (busy) followed by the abbreviation for southern and a three letter word for a branch.
23 Old army shooter is clearing up (4)
STEN – A four letter word for making a profit (clearing) reversed (up).