A Puzzle by Bardwig
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Welcome back to Bardwig. Technically, the only point was the one repetition of head in the clues indicating the first letter of the word. Whilst, there could have been a little more polish, this comes with practice.
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1 English conservationists managed church portal (8)
ENTRANCE – The abbreviations for English and National Trust (conservationists) followed by a three letter word meaning managed and the abbreviation for church.
5 Sad and lonely bishop beginning to expiate on paper (6)
BEREFT – The abbreviation for bishop and the first letter (beginning to) of expiate followed by a two letter word meaning on or about and the abbreviation for Financial Times (paper).
8 CFO’s predecessors peak north of the border (3)
BEN – The preceeding letters to each of C, F and O.
9 Decoy from the underworld reversing bull wagon (10)
DISTRACTOR – A three word meaning the underworld followed by a reversal of a three letter word meaning bull or rubbish and a four letter word for a wagon.
10 Wimpy carries small bowl for fashion designer (8)
WESTWOOD – A three letter word meaning wimpy includes (carried) the abbreviation for small and is followed by a four letter word for a bowl used in the sport of bowls.
11 Buoyant love in a bachelor pad perhaps (6)
AFLOAT – The abbreviation for love inside the a from the clue and a four letter word for an apartment (bachelor pad perhaps).
12 Sound of butterfingers back from Wilderspool (4)
OOPS – The answer is hidden and reversed (back from) in the last word of the clue.
14 Hoody vexed about wife returning old couple’s greeting (3,2,3,2)
HOW DO YOU DO – An anagram (vexed) of HOODY includes the abbreviation for wife followed by a reversal (returning) of the abbreviation of old and a three letter word for a couple.
17 Is caucus overwhelmed by a lot of variety? (10)
MISCELLANY – The IS from the clue and a four letter word for a group or caucus covered (overwhelmed) by a four letter word meaning a lot. Some editors will not allow wordplay of definition.
20 Staple substance for rumination? (4)
FOOD – A word for a staple requirement that goes before the phrase “for thought” (for rumination).
23 Writer currently pursuing Attorney General’s responsibility (1,1,4)
C P SNOW – The a three letter word meaning currently after (pursuing) a abbreviation for Crown Prosecution Service (Attorney’ Generals responsibility).
24 Funny poem: eccentric keeps one in store (8)
EMPORIUM – An anagram (funny) followed by a three letter word meaning odd or eccentric with the letter representing one inside.
25 Counsel conceals call to somewhere on the River Mersey (10)
WARRINGTON – A four letter word menaing counsel or advise includes a four letter word meaning call on the phone and the TO from the clue.
26 Tattoo family head to foot (3)
INK – A three letter word meaning family has the first word moves to the end.
27 Whinge including everything, allegedly, that’s making your skin creep? (6)
CRAWLY – A three letter word meaning whinge includes a homophone (allededly) of ALL (everything).
28 Haggard’s audience come closer (4,4)
DRAW NEAR – A five letter word meaning haggard or gaunt followed by a three letter word meaning audience.
1 Joint accommodation in space (5,4)
ELBOW ROOM – A five letter word for a joint followed by a four letter word for accomodation.
2 Expert’s conclusion: a drink invigorates (5,2)
TONES UP – The final letter (expert) followed by a three letter word meaning a and a three letter word meaning drink.
3 Wanted man went regularly, first thing in the morning (2,4)
AT DAWN – The even letters (regularly) of the first two words of the clue.
4 Like to run in loop supplying aid to catharsis (6,3)
CASTOR OIL – A two letter word meaning like, the to from the clue and the abbreviation for run all in a four letter word meaning loop.
5 Daring head of Volkskammer abroad in disguise (7)
BRAVADO – An anagram (in disguise) of V (head of Volkskammer) ABROAD.
6 Rush through desert, female lieutenant holding enemy up (6,3)
RATTLE OFF – A three letter word meaning desert or renege followed by the abbreviations for female and lieutenant around a three letter word for the enemy all reversed.
7 See 13
13/7 Support argument in favour of district rugby player (6,3,7)
SECOND ROW FORWARD – A six letter word meaning support or back followed by a three letter word meaning arguement, a three letter word meaning in favour of and a four letter word for a district.
15 Reported restaurant user may take one to cause an explosion (9)
DYNAMITER – A homophone (reported) of DINER (resturant user) MIGHT (may) followed by the abbreviation for take.
16 Betting expert’s mask adjusted in Communist Party rising (9)
ODDSMAKER – An anagram (adjusted) of MASK inside a reversal (rising) of a three letter for communist and a two letter word for a party.
18 Ruling most of port wine out of order (2,5)
IN POWER – An anagram (out of order) of PORT WINE after removing the last letter (most of).
19 Unhappy Liberal texted affection with humility (7)
LOWLILY – A three letter word meaning unhappy followed by the abbreviation for liberal and the texted form of l love you (affection).
21 Originally old Réti innovation finessed in Carlsen’s English Opening (7)
ORIFICE – The initial letter (originally) of the second to eighth words of the clue.
22 Immediately repeated words of reproach (3,3)
NOW NOW – A three letter word meaning immediately repeated.