A Puzzle by Gazza
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1 Skip bus? He deployed healthier means of getting around (9)
PUSHBIKES – An anagram (deployed) of SKIP BUS HE.
6 Crown leading lady for a lark (5)
CAPER – A three-letter word for a crown or top followed by the regnal cypher for the current queen (leading lady).
9 Figure out brilliant joke (5)
CRACK – Triple definition for figuring out a code and another word for brilliant and a joke.
10 When in retirement was deceitful about tax secreted (9)
SALIVATED – Reverse (when in retirement) a two-letter word meaning when and followed with a four-letter word meaning was deceitful around a three-letter word for a type of tax levied on goods and services.
11 I sort daily out to create harmony (10)
SOLIDARITY – An anagram (out) of I SORT DAILY.
12 Talkative bird‘s scrummy naughty bits (4)
MYNA – The answer is hidden (bits) in the third and fourth words of the clue.
14 Exposed slippery individual caught in fresh contract (3,4)
NEW DEAL – A homophone (caught) of NUDE EEL (exploded slippery individual).
15 Do the cleaning – there’s no time for cute little pet (5,2)
SWEEP UP – A phrase 5,3 for a cute little dog without the abbreviation for time.
17 Split curtails what are left after lighting-up time’s over (3-4)
DOG ENDS – Split the curtails from the clue to give cur tails and provide synonyms for each word.
19 Nick and Paddy’s dog (7)
WHIPPET – A four-letter word meaning to nick or steal and a three-letter word for a paddy or strop.
20 Questions asked in last letter in the Times in the morning (4)
EXAM – The last letter of the word and the letter representing multiplication (Times) in the abbreviation for morning.
22 Perhaps lady is seduced by cunning touring actor (10)
ARISTOCRAT – The IS from the clue inside a three-letter word meaning cunning followed by an anagram (touring) of ACTOR.
25 Looking back, in past I did revolt and got carried away (7,2)
OVERDID IT – The answer is hidden and reversed (looking back in) the fourth to seven words of the clue.
26 Sparkling fellow becoming tense in a bit of a dither (5)
TIZZY – A five-letter word meaning sparkling with the abbreviation for fellow replaced by the abbreviation for tense.
27 Squeeze is in shape and trendy (3,2)
FIT IN – A three-letter word meaning in shape or healthy and a two-letter word meaning trendy.
28 Lecherous old politician’s point about English rule (9)
LIBERTINE – The abbreviation for liberal (old politician) and a four-letter word for a point on a fork around the abbreviations for English and Rule.
1 Waddling creatures’ leader going topsy-turvy – they slip easily on ice! (5)
PUCKS – The name of birds that waddle with the first letter rotated through 180 degrees (going topsy-turvy).
2 Reprobate, name unknown, wearing stolen gear (9)
SCALLYWAG – A four-letter word meaning to name and a letter representing an unknown value in algebra inside (wearing) a four-letter word for stolen goods.
3 Lascivious naked babes offering saucy bite (5,5)
BAKED BEANS – An anagram (lascivious) of NAKED BABES.
4 Makes trellis to cage bird (7)
KESTREL – The answer is hidden (to cage) in the first two words of the clue.
5 Pays tribute to old music makers supporting appeal (7)
SALUTES– A five-letter word for an old type of musical instrument under (supports) the abbreviation for sex appeal.
6 Man‘s unnamed group of charming associates (4)
COVE – The collective noun for a group of witches (charming associated) without the abbreviation for name (unnamed).
7 Silly place for young child to go (5)
POTTY – Double definition for a word meaning silly and a child’s portable toilet substitute.
8 Wine transporter’s favourite to get privileged treatment (3,6)
RED CARPET – A variety or colour of wine followed by a three-letter word for a domestic vehicle and a three-letter word meaning favourite.
13 Male police officer’s impressed by US capacity in air transport (10)
HELICOPTER – A two-letter word meaning a male followed by a three-letter word for a police officer inside (impressed by) the US spelling of a measure of liquid capacity.
14 It’s odd Den evidently failed to stay alert … (6,3)
NODDED OFF – A reverse anagram where the first part of the solution followed by an anagram indicator might give ODD DEN.
16 … still an objective for those following stars (9)
PAPARAZZI – Cryptic definition for those who want to get a photo (still) of famous people (stars).
18 Something fruity‘s spelled out in most rude limericks (7)
STRUDEL – The answer is hidden (spelled out in) the final three words of the clue.
19 Washington’s still upset about Hillary’s original facility for getting into hot water (7)
WASHTUB – The two-letter state code for Washington with the ’s from the clue added and a reversal (upset) of a three-letter word meaning still or yet around the first letter (original) of Hillary.
21 Talented English singer starts to provide translations for the French (5)
ADEPT – The name of an English singer with the final two letter (being the French masculine singular for the) replaced by the initial letters (starts to) of provide translations.
23 Your old man’s European plant (5)
THYME – A three-letter word meaning your in old language followed by the abbreviation for man and European. I have not come across M as an abbreviation for man before.
24 Trailer space in port (4)
ADEN – A two-letter word for an advertisement or trailer followed by a two-letter word for a printer’s space.