A Puzzle by Gazza
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Apologies for the late publication BD.
Season salutations solvers and setters. This comes to you on Christmas morning from a house in lockdown as my son chose yesterday evening to test positive to Covid – Goodbye Christmas services and sermons and hello to visits to PCR test site!
7 Anticipated warning’s understood (8)
FORESEEN – A four-letter word for a warning shout given by golfers followed by a four-letter word meaning understood.
8 Challenging valiantly yet infuriatingly not gaining initially (5)
VYING – The initial letters of the second to sixth words of the clue.
10 Corporation ring-fences large surplus (4)
GLUT – A three-letter word for a tummy (corporation) around (fences) the abbreviation for large.
11 Blackburn attorney regularly … (4)
TONY – The even letters (regularly) in attorney.
12 … found skulking in Portaloo filthy cold (5)
ALOOF – The answer is hidden (found skulking) in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
14 Fixer appoints working party (8)
SETSCREW – A four-letter word meaning appoints followed by a four-letter word meaning a working party.
16 Separated shopgirl’s pretty (6)
RATHER – Split (separated) shopgirl’s to give shop and girl’s. The solution is a three-letter word meaning shop and a three-letter word meaning girls.
18 What’s reportedly essential to amazing film? (4)
ZULU – The word used in the NATO phonetic alphabet for the middle letter (essential to) in amazing.
20 Smart scam (5)
STING – Double definition.
21 Setter getting green light to tackle a stage role (4)
IAGO – A single letter representing the setter and a two-letter word meaning green light around (to tackle) the A from the clue.
22 Foreign water meters having certificate the wrong way up (6)
GANGES – A six-letter word for meters has the U (certificate) inverted (the wrong way up) to give an “n”.
23 Romeo‘s hair ruined in heartless game (8)
LOTHARIO – An anagram (ruined) of HAIR inside a five letter game also known as bingo with the central letter removed (heartless).
26 Husband’s passion produces headache (5)
HITCH – The abbreviation for husband followed by a four-letter word meaning passion or longing.
28 Devil‘s at the heart of advancement (4)
OGRE – The inner letters (at the heart of) of a six-letter word meaning advancement.
30 Premier League denounces hugs (4)
EDEN – The answer is hidden (hugs) in the second and third words of the clue.
32 Belgian who’s invested in recording rig (5)
EQUIP – The French word (French is spoken in parts of Belgium) for who inside (invested in) a two letter abbreviation for a record.
33 European expert on scrap’s prepared to provide transport (8)
RIDEABLE – The abbreviation for European and a four-letter word meaning expert after (on) a three-letter word meaning scrap.
1 Keeper shot a whopper (6)
GOALIE – A two-letter word for a shot or try followed by the A from the clue and a three-letter word for a whopper or fib.
2 Billionaire‘s American town address (10)
GETTYSBURG – A six-letter name (with the ‘s) of an American billionaire followed by a four-letter word for a town.
3 Fabled Greek bully (6)
HECTOR – Double definition of a Trojan in the Greek mythology and a word meaning to bully.
4 A negative reaction abroad for publicity-shy author? (4)
ANON – The A from the clue followed by the French word for NO (refusal abroad).
5 Cockney’s own historic greeting (3)
AVE – A four-letter word meaning to own or possess without the initial H (Cockney’s).
6 Prince: I’m lacking resolve (4)
WILL – The name of on of Prince Charles’ sons without (lacking) the I AM.
9 Fine chap‘s healthy urge (4,3)
GOOD EGG – A four-letter word meaning healthy followed by a three-letter word meaning to urge.
13 Bore that’s often seen on TV (4)
DRAG – Double definition, the second being what a transvestite (TV) wears.
15 Eddy‘s welcome in Welsh reference library (5)
WHIRL – A two-letter word meaning welcome inside the abbreviations for Welsh and Reference Library.
17 Succeeding in case involving multiple parties (10)
TRILATERAL – A five-letter word meaning succeeding or coming after inside a five-letter word for a legal case.
19 Painting alternative picture in the style of Stubbs? (7)
UNALIKE – Split 3, 4 this could meaning in the style of Una Stubbs.
20 Sides of stomach pinch on account of girdle … (4)
SASH – The outer letters (sides) of stomach include (pinch) a two-letter word meaning on account of.
24 … in attempt to squeeze in butt (6)
TRENDY – A three-letter word meaning an attempt incudes (to squeeze in) a three-letter word for a butt.
25 Promiscuous ladies are what perfectionist hopes for (6)
IDEALS – An anagram (promiscuous) of LADIES.
27 Exploit empty vessel (4)
COUP – The three-letter word for a drinking vessel includes a O (empty meaning nothing in it).
29 Match on deserted runway is brutal (4)
GORY – A two-letter word meaning match on the outer letters (deserted) of runway.
31 Tunbridge Wells is one such place to send out disgusting mail endlessly (3)
SPA – A four-letter word meaning to send out junk e-mail without the final letter (endlessly).