A Puzzle by Acnestis
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Welcome back to Acnestis. With the possible exception of 1d, a lovely crossword to solve on a Saturday afternoon, not too difficult and smoothly put together.
8 Agree to a very quiet stroll (7)
APPROVE – The A from the clue followed by the musical abbreviation for very quiet and a four-letter word meaning to stroll.
9 Find some of you near theatre (7)
UNEARTH – The answer is hidden (some of) in the final three words of the clue.
11 Boy with catapult bored by excursion (9)
STRIPLING – A five-letter word for a catapult includes (bored by) a four-letter word for an excursion.
12 Capital Charlie invested in firm (5)
SUCRE – The letter represented by Charlie in the NATO alphabet in a four-letter word meaning firm or certain.
13 Quentin Tarantino initially said she’s attractive (5)
CUTIE – A homophone (said) of QT (the initial letters of Quentin Tarantino).
15 Shackled outside, grand king becomes vexed (9)
CHAGRINED – A seven-letter word meaning shackled around the abbreviations for grand and king.
16 Jean’s so lost in US city (3,4)
SAN JOSE – An anagram (lost) of JEANS SO.
17 Prison with bandit (7)
BRIGAND – A four-letter word for a prison followed by a three-letter word meaning with.
19 Shabby hotel bar hosts tense engagement (9)
BETROTHAL – An anagram (shabby) of HOTEL BAR includes (hosts) the abbreviation for tense.
21 Stops scratching head and becomes more relaxed (5)
EASES – A six-letter word meaning stops without the initial letter (scratching head).
22 Religious teacher, almost fanatical, hugs bishop (5)
RABBI – A five-letter word meaning fanatical without the final letter (almost) includes (hugs) the abbreviation for bishop.
23 Terminate visit, making narrow escape (5,4)
CLOSE CALL – A five-letter word meaning terminate followed by a four-letter word meaning visit.
25 I cry out loud finding object in orbit (7)
EYEBALL – A homophone (out loud) if I BAWL (cry).
26 Student avoids sort of tropical fruit (7)
APRICOT – An anagram (sort) of TROPICAL without (avoids) the abbreviation for student.
1 Cushions can keep feet warm? (8)
HASSOCKS – Split 3,5, the means the owner possesses something to keep the feet warm. This does not quite work as a clue for me.
2 Upset a Belgian potter’s patient supporter (9,5)
OPERATING TABLE – An anagram (upset) of A BELGIAN POTTER.
3 TV drama is very suitable, barring finale (4)
SOAP – A two-letter word meaning very followed by a three-letter word meaning suitable without the final letter (barring finale).
4 Average doctor bandages old soldiers (8)
MEDIOCRE – A five-letter word for a doctor around (bandages) the abbreviation for old followed by the abbreviation for Royal Engineers (soldiers).
5 Question adult about a horse, one that’s extinct (6)
QUAGGA – A two-letter abbreviation for question and the abbreviation for adult around the A from the clue and a two-letter abbreviation for a horse.
6 Problem with corruption in China (3,7)
TEA SERVICE – A six-letter word for a problem followed by a four-letter word for corruption or sin.
7 Don’t talk about wife with daughter — that’s canny (6)
SHREWD – A two-letter word meaning don’t talk followed by a two-letter word meaning about and the abbreviations for wife and daughter.
10 Survey right-winger inspired by revival (14)
RECONNAISSANCE – The abbreviation for conservative (right-winger) inside inspired by an eleven-letter word for revival.
14 Thrifty European has funny clothing on (10)
ECONOMICAL – The abbreviation for European followed by a seven-letter word meaning funny around (clothing) the ON from the clue.
17 Dog goes round high-minded royals’ residence (8)
BALMORAL – A reversal (goes around) of a three-letter word for a type of dog followed by a five-letter word meaning high-minded.
18 Sad to see lad suffering (8)
DESOLATE – An anagram (suffering) of TO SEE LAD.
19 Fellow with terrible shock might seek this person’s services? (6)
BARBER – Cryptic definition for someone with bad hair (terrible shock) would need to say.
20 I’m surprised the French Taunter does this? (6)
HECKLE – A four-letter word meaning I’m surprised followed by the French masculine singular for the.
24 Aristocrat is almost naked (4)
EARL – A six-letter word meaning almost without the outer letters (naked).