A Puzzle by Starhorse
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I have joined Tilsit on the Covid list (other bloggers beware!) but, fortunately, have only the mildest of symptoms so far. Thanks to Starhorse for the weekend workout though the solutions give very little scope for illustration.
1 Nice area, perhaps one in favour (8)
QUARTIER – The letter representing one inside a seven-letter word meaning favour or mercy granted to an antagonist.
6 Stops carriers hiding drug (6)
CEASES – A five-letter word for carriers or boxes includes (hiding) the abbreviation for ecstasy.
9 Talks endlessly of small income in retirement (4)
YAPS – The abbreviation for small and a three-letter word for income all reversed (in retirement).
10 Prince not around for a dance (10)
CHARLESTON – The name of the eldest son of the Queen (prince) followed by a reversal (around) of the NOT from the clue.
11 Crazy sons trap eagle in jungle? (10)
WILDERNESS – A four-letter word meaning crazy and the abbreviation for son twice (sons) includes (trap) a four-letter word for an eagle.
12 Those opposing a breather on air (4)
NOES – A homophone (on air) of the facial organ used to breath.
13 How teams played fairly (8)
SOMEWHAT – An anagram (played) of HOW TEAMS.
15 Remember – spin material in both hands (6)
RECALL – Reverse (spin) a frilly sort on material inside the abbreviations for right and left (both hands).
17 A maths working that takes your breath away (6)
ASTHMA – An anagram (working) of A MATHS.
19 Pupils in the past smoked out of sight (8)
OBSCURED – The abbreviation (in the plural) of old boys (pupils in the past) followed by a five-letter word meaning smoked.
21 We chose to show repeat (4)
ECHO – The answer is hidden (to show) in the first two words of the clue.
23 Speaking about quarrel and spreading the muck? (10)
TROWELLING – A seven-letter word meaning speaking or narrating around (about) a three-letter word for a quarrel or argument.
25 A French worker pens excuses for being rude (10)
UNPLEASANT – The French masculine singular for “a” and a three-letter word for a worker includes (pens) a five-letter word for excuses.
26 Approve old gossip’s return (4)
OKAY – The abbreviation for old followed by a reversal of a three-letter word for gossip.
27 Hollow award given to docked explorer (6)
COOMBE – The name of one of the honours or awards bestowed on notable individuals in the UK after (given to) a four-letter name of a naval explorer with the final K removed (docked).
28 Touching lines from columnist’s last article found by WC? (8)
TANGENTS – The last letter of columnist followed by the two-letter indefinite article and a five-letter word for men’s toilets.
2 As one, you twice said mansion needs to be rebuilt (9)
UNANIMOUS – An anagram (need to be rebuilt) of U U (you twice said) MANSION.
3 Remains in capital of Uganda, imprisoned in lodge (7)
RESIDUE – The first letter (capital) of Uganda inside (imprisoned in) a six-letter word meaning to lodge or live somewhere.
4 Become liable for popular dog (5)
INCUR – A two-letter word meaning popular followed by a three-letter word for a dog.
5 Ruler impressed by top grade – it may provoke a reaction (7)
REAGENT – A six-letter word for a ruler includes (impressed by) the letter used to indicate the top grade.
6 Blisters evident when low temperature reportedly rises (4,5)
COLD SORES – A four-letter word for a low temperature followed by a homophone (reportedly) of soars (rises).
7 As nice as a small portion of rabbit stew (7)
ARSENIC – An anagram (STEW) of NICE AS R (the initial letter – small portion – of rabbit).
8 Instalment is missing old Greek verse (5)
EPODE – A seven-letter word for an instalment of a TV programme without (missing) the IS from the clue.
14 Earth shaking with speed likely to increase this? (5,4)
HEART RATE – An anagram (shaking) of EARTH followed by a 4l2 for speed.
16 Ignore alarm, bide your time, be ready to pounce (3,2,4)
LIE IN WAIT – What you would be having if your ignore the alarm clock and stay in bed followed by a four-letter word meaning bite your time.
18 Yob covering chimney (7)
HOODLUM – A four-letter word for a head covering followed by a three-letter word for a chimney.
19 It smells – I urge you to complain loudly (7)
ODORANT – A phrase 1,2 meaning I urge you followed by a four-letter word meaning to complain loudly.
20 Turn regularly, relaxed and set free (7)
UNLOOSE – The even letter (regularly) of turn followed by a five-letter word meaning relaxed.
22 Positive about new fleece (3-2)
CAN-DO – A two-letter abbreviation meaning about followed by the abbreviation for new and a two-letter word meaning fleece or con.
24 Defeated having lost the lead, had lunch (5)
EATEN – A six-letter word meaning defeated without its initial letter (having lost head).