A Puzzle by Starhorse
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A review by Prolixic follows.
A perfect Saturday afternoon treat from Starhorse this weekend. Many thanks to him for the entertainment.
1 Audibly criticize Scandinavian arrogance (7)
DISDAIN – A homophone (audibly) of dis (criticise) Dane (Scandinavian)
5 Police invoice for one guinea? (3,4)
OLD BILL – An invoice for an old amount of money equal to 21 shillings could be a description of the police.
9 Bombarded peacekeepers ferried out (5,4)
UNDER FIRE – The abbreviation for United National (peacekeepers) followed by an anagram (out) of ferried.
10 Inclined to allow article to be included (5)
LEANT – A three letter word meaning to allow includes the two letter indefinite article.
11 Pedigree has connection with Earl rather than King (7)
LINEAGE – A seven letter word for a connection has an E (Earl) in place of the K (King).
12 Spot something that attracts young swimmer (7)
TADPOLE – A three letter word for a spot or small amount followed by a four letter word for something magnetic that attracts things.
13 Dresses up kinkily, including new underwear (10)
SUSPENDERS – An anagram (kinkily) of DRESSES UP includes the abbreviation for new.
16 Prize in hand? (4)
PALM – Double definition of a prize and part of the hand.
19 Maximum offence taken on air (4)
PEAK – A homophone (on air) of PIQUE (offence taken).
20 Solution put on cheek? (6,4)
ANSWER BACK – A six letter word for a solution followed by a four letter word meaning to put money on a horse.
22 High Priest takes ecstasy for relief (7)
RESPITE – An anagram (high) of PRIEST includes the abbreviation for ecstasy.
23 Coppers securing retired sailor’s old weapon (7)
CUTLASS – The chemical symbol for copper with an S (as it is coppers) includes (securing) a reversal (retired) of a four letter word for a sailor.
25 Rejected shares in aquatic transport (5)
SLOOP – A reversal (rejected) of a five letter word for shares.
26 Working with the Church a plus, not for the first time (4,5)
ONCE AGAIN – A two letter word meaning working followed by the abbreviation for Church fo England, the A from the clue and a four letter word meaning plus.
27 Resists wandering around the Marches? (7)
SISTERS – An anagram (wandering) of RESISTS.
28 Performer‘s note on sitar distorted (7)
ARTISTE – An anagram (distorted) of SITAR followed by (on) a two letter musical note.
1 Shares drinks? (7,2)
DOUBLES UP – A six letter word for a large drink and a three letter word meaning to drink.
2 Means of travel between poles restricted by bruised ankle (5)
SEDAN – The answer is hidden in (restricted by) the last two words of the clue.
3 Broadcasts about food’s sky-high prices? (8)
AIRFARES – A four letter word meaning broadcasts around a four letter word for food.
4 Interference from one in the front of the plane (5)
NOISE – The letter representing one inside a four letter word for the front part of an aeroplane.
5 Depose Haitian leader involved in public spat (9)
OVERTHROW – The first letter (leader) of Haitian inside a five letter word meaning public and a three letter word meaning spat.
6 Fool died before escape (6)
DELUDE – The abbreviation for died followed by a five letter word meaning escape.
7 Very soon seaman surfaces with a lover (9)
INAMORATA – A phrase (2,1,2) meaning very soon followed by a reversal (surfaces) of a three letter word for a seaman and the A from the clue.
8 Endless praise for coffee? (5)
LATTE – A seven letter word for praise without the first and last letters (endless).
14 Pictures that might surprise a keeper? (9)
SNAPSHOTS – Split 4,5 the solution might be quick attempts on goal that surprise a goal keeper.
15 Treacherous secret agent? Not me! (9)
DANGEROUS – The cartoon secret agent (6, 5) without (not) the ME.
17 Be rational – models could be perfect topless (4,5)
MAKE SENSE – A five letter word meaning models or creates followed by a five letter word of which perfect is a grammatical example) with the first letter removed (topless).
18 Sermon by one paid to go on a bit (8)
PROTRACT – A professional preacher might give this type of sermon (3-5)
21 Trendy tart, one defying convention? (6)
HIPPIE – A three letter word meaning trendy followed by a three letter word for a type of culinary tart.
22 Tricks husband out of original prints (5)
RUSES – The six letter word for the original prints of a film without the abbreviation for husband.
23 Businesses come together over a drink (5)
COCOA – The abbreviation for company twice (come together) followed by the A from the clue.
24 Bring together as many as six Shakesperian leading characters (5)
AMASS – The initial letters (leading characters) of the third to seventh words of the clue.