A Puzzle by Exit
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1 Excellent salesman back aboard boat (6)
SUPERB – Reverse (back) a three-letter word for a salesman inside (aboard) a three-letter word for an underwater boat.
4 Nancy’s husband: grand old flower! (8)
MARIGOLD – The French (Nancy’s) for husband followed by the abbreviation for grant and the OLD from the clue.
10 Band overwhelmed by support for chief (7)
PREMIER – The three-letter name of an American rock band inside (overwhelmed by) a four-letter word for a support.
11 Polish queen and son: they’re at the end of the line (7)
BUFFERS – A four-letter word meaning to polish followed by the regnal cypher for the current queen and the abbreviation for son.
12 Rich emperor providing pot plant? (4)
HEMP – The answer is hidden (providing) in the first two words of the clue.
13 Special case: Nietzsche almost cooked escalopes (10)
SCHNITZELS – An anagram (cooked) of SL (outer letters, or case, of special) + NIETZSCHE without the last letter (almost).
15 Called police – no good, gone off (6)
RANCID – A four-letter word meaning called and a three-letter abbreviation for a police division without the abbreviation for good.
16 Graduate with weapon to weigh? (7)
BALANCE – The two-letter abbreviation for a graduate followed by a five-letter word for a weapon.
20 Wine and cheese rejected by Gershwin? (7)
MADEIRA – A reversal (rejected) of a four-letter name of a Dutch cheese followed by the first name of the songwriter Gershwin.
21 Tail-less cat’s country once? (6)
PERSIA – A seven-letter word of a breed of cat without the last letter (tail-less).
24 “I can share top billing” – first for a Central American? (5,5)
COSTA RICAN – A phrase 2-4 meaning share top billing before (first) the I CAN from the clue.
26 See 3 down.
28 Standard higher education class (7)
UNIFORM – A three-letter abbreviation for university (higher education) followed by a four-letter word for a class.
29 Offensive racket about sacred syllable (7)
NOISOME – A five-letter word for a racket around a two-letter for a sacred syllable intoned in meditation.
30 Teaching shut-in codebreaker (8)
TUTORING – A two-letter word meaning shut in the name of the famous British codebreaker.
31 Rioting blamed for uproar (6)
BEDLAM – An anagram (rioting) of BLAMED.
1 County adopts program for Stone (8)
SAPPHIRE – A five-letter word for a county includes (adopts) a three-letter word for a program.
2 Opium Anne dispensed for illness (9)
PNEUMONIA – An anagram (dispensed) of OPIUM ANNE.
3/26 Dragoon’s tracks in Chicago, say? (8)
RAILROAD – Double definition of word meaning to Shanghai or dragoon and an American term for a railway.
5 Scotsman following English saint – one found in Tirana? (8)
ALBANIAN – The five-letter name of an English saint (the first to be martyred) followed by a three-letter Scottish name.
6 Dane, if taut, could be besotted (10)
INFATUATED – An anagram (could be) of DANE IF TAUT.
7 Part of globe seems well-rounded (5)
OBESE – The answer is hidden (part of) in the third and fourth words of the clue.
8 Lay off fancy diets containing minimal salt (6)
DESIST – An anagram (fancy) of DIETS includes the initial letter (minimal) of salt.
9 Plant artist found in loch (not lake) (5)
ORACH – The two-letter abbreviation for an artist inside the LOCH from the clue without the abbreviation for lake.
14 Niece Margo disturbed – might she be watching The Exorcist? (10)
CINEMAGOER – An anagram (disturbed) of NIECE MARGO.
17 Beaver fat medicine? (6,3)
CASTOR OIL – The six-letter name of the genus of beavers followed by a three-letter word for fat.
18 Coach fellow 3 26 employee? (8)
TRAINMAN – A five letter word meaning to coach followed by a three-letter word for a fellow.
19 A Yankee medic with drug in mother’s reverie (8)
DAYDREAM – The A from the clue, the letter represented by Yankee in the NATO phonetic alphabet, a two-letter abbreviation for a medic and the abbreviation for ecstasy (drug) all inside a three-letter word for a mother.
22 Free island welcoming Catholic queen (6)
ACQUIT – A three-letter word for a small island includes (welcoming) the abbreviation for Catholic and queen.
23 See 25 down
25/23 Asses at inn upset composer (5-5)
SAINT-SAËNS – An anagram (upset) of ASSES AT INN.
27 New president formerly a personification of victory (4)
NIKE – The abbreviation for new followed by the nickname of Dwight D Eisenhower.