A Puzzle by Hippogryph
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Welcome back to Hippogryph. I enjoyed solving this after working on the allotment so the theme of noted gardeners was appropriate.
7 Instrument provides change within the hour? On the contrary (9)
ALTIMETER – What an hour is an example of inside a five letter word meaning change. The “on the contrary means that you have to read the clue as hour within change provides instrument.
8 Reportedly dull place near Oxford (5)
THAME – A homophone of tame (dull).
9 One stoops to catch food – ripe green bananas? (9)
PEREGRINE – An anagram (bananas) of RIPE GREEN.
10 Small flower Romeo held in reserve (5)
BROOK – The letter represented by Romeo in the Nato phonetic alphabet inside a four letter word meaning to reserve something.
12 To catch men misbehaving she cycles behind (6)
ENMESH – An anagram (misbehaving) of MEN followed by the SHE from the clue with the last letter moved to the front (cycles behind).
13 Idiot replacing Conservative leader in parliamentary break is to tax again! (8)
REASSESS – A six letter word for a parliamentary recess with the C (Conservative leader) replaced by a three letter word for an idiot.
16 Patient manner possibly shown by Mr Sheeran during minor recording (7)
BEDSIDE – The first name of the singer ?? Sheean inside (during) the name given to the second track on the reverse of a single record (minor recording).
19 Ravioli, for example stuffed with saltimbocca trimmings and tomato sauce (7)
PASSATA – The food of which Ravioli is an example includes (stuffed with) the outer letters (trimmings) of saltimbocca.
22 Lewis speed merchant moves heroin to Milan (8)
HAMILTON – An anagram (moves) of H (heroin) TO MILAN.
25 Anxiety results from opening of seized lock (6)
STRESS – The first letter (opening) of seized followed by a five letter word for a lock of hair.
27 Little one causes havoc at first chasing bird (5)
TITCH – The initial letters (at first) of causes havoc after (chasing) a three letter bird.
28 Wenger upset by nil-nil draw with Forest (9)
GREENWOOD – An anagram (upset) of WENGER followed by two Os (nil-nil) and the abbreviation for draw used in football results.
29 Slough gangster escapes from line up (5)
MARSH – Remove the two letter name of an American gangster from a seven letter word meaning to line something up.
30 Clean Tsar’s refurbished royal house (9)
LANCASTER – An anagram (refurbished) of CLEAN TSAR.
1 This? Northern for casually inform (4,2)
CLUE IN – What the first part of a crossword puzzle is followed by the abbreviation for Northern.
2 Going on and on, name-dropping – listener’s furious! (8)
TIRELESS – An anagram (furious) of LISTENERS after removing the N (name dropping).
3 Ransack and burn church (6)
SEARCH – A four letter word meaning to burn followed by the abbreviation for church.
4 Yearned excitedly for religious office (7)
DEANERY – An anagram (excitedly) of YEARNED.
5 Irish are sensibly protecting allotments (6)
SHARES – The answer is hidden in (protecting) the first three words of the clue.
6 Decorate English Bond manager – top man! (6)
EMBOSS – The abbreviation for English followed by the name of Jame’s Bond’s master and a four letter word for the top man in a company.
11 Sculptor heard fizz (4)
CAVA – A homophone (heard) of CARVER (sculptor).
14 Age starts to erode reader’s abilities (3)
ERA – The initial letters (starts to) of the final three words of the clue.
15 Lots of water seen after terminal failure of washer perhaps (3)
SEA – Remove the last letter (after terminal failure) of the type of thing of which a rubber washer in a tap is.
16 Oddly brash expression of disgust (3)
BAH – The odd letter in brash.
17 Short change in America – not bright (3)
DIM – The name of an American coin with the last letter removed (short).
18 Gen up a little bit (4)
DATA – Reverse (up) the A from the clue an a three letter word for a little bit.
20 Ill-tempered live wire has quiet sandwich (8)
SHREWISH – An anagram (live) of WIRE inside two indications of the word meaning be quiet.
21 Ask hospital department about appointment on vacation (7)
ENTREAT – A three letter word for a hospital department followed by a two letter word meaning about and the outer letters (on vacation) of appointment.
23 Graduate cloaked in indigo ermine, for instance (6)
ANIMAL – A two letter abbreviation for a graduate inside (cloaked in) a four letter word for a type of dye that is indigo in colour.
24 Wine may be delivered like this, just to be safe (2,4)
IN CASE – Double definition of where to find wine in a container holding several bottles and phrase meaning to be safe.
25 Without major limitations, respect Chechen language (6)
SPEECH – The inner letters (without major limitations) of the fourth and fifth words of clue.
26 Level access to Reykavik’s houses (6)
STOREY – The answer is hidden (houses) in the second to fourth words of the clue.