A Puzzle by Gazza
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9 Implement prohibition on native language (7)
CROWBAR – A three-letter word meaning a prohibition after (on) a four-letter word for a Native American language.
10 Way to deliver extra power (7)
OVERARM – A four-letter word meaning extra followed by a three-letter word meaning power.
11 Managed to get over a nonsensical period of chastity (7)
RAMADAN – A three-letter word meaning managed around (to get over) the A from the clue and a three-letter word meaning nonsensical.
12/13 Orientals identified in affairs abroad? (7,9)
FOREIGN RELATIONS – The first word of the solution applied as an anagram indicator to the second word of the solution might give ORIENTALS as the outcome.
15 What gives rise to Irish poet’s son arriving early? (5)
YEAST – The surname of the Irish poet (initial names) William Butler has the final S moved forward (arriving early).
16 Fetching youth at court (7)
BALLBOY – Cryptic definition of someone seen at Wimbledon.
19 Decries liquid aids to making out (2-5)
DE-ICERS – An anagram (liquid) of DECRIES.
20 Occasionally group prefer Indian bread (5)
RUPEE – The even letters (occasionally) of the second and third words of the clue.
21 Nothing but seven-pointers for national team (3,6)
ALL BLACKS – A snooker table with only this coloured ball would score only seven pointers.
25 Leg trouble’s being assessed (2,5)
ON TRIAL – A two-letter word for a leg in cricketing terms followed by a five-letter word for trouble.
26 Started play after actors shielded leading man (7)
CASTLED – A three-letter word meaning started play after a four-letter word for a group of actors.
28 Liberal centre rubbished support for religious works (7)
LECTERN – The abbreviation for liberal followed by an anagram (rubbished) of CENTRE.
29 Renowned artist starts to exhibit nauseating tableaux (7)
EMINENT – A four-letter surname of a modern artist followed by the initial letters (starts to) of the final three words for the clue.
1 One compiling a record 20 runs (6)
SCORER – Another term for 20 followed by the abbreviation for runs.
2 Official‘s in favour of short bloke (6)
FORMAL – A three-letter word meaning in favour of followed by a four-letter word for the gender of a bloke with the final letter removed (short).
3 Familiar president died in dream setting (4)
ABED – A familiar three-letter name of an early American president followed by the abbreviation for died.
4 Nag sergeant, say, to go after British Gas (6)
BRONCO – A three-letter abbreviation describing the rank of a sergeant after (to go after) the abbreviations for British and Oxygen (gas).
5 Delirious prisoner’s fitted with security device (8)
CONFUSED – A three-letter word describing a prisoner followed by a five-letter word meaning fitted with a security device.
6 Gregory, embarrassed to be found cuddling soldier, left film (6,4)
GEORGY GIRL – An anagram (embarrassed) of GREGORY around the two-letter abbreviation for an American soldier all followed by the abbreviation for left.
7 Mark squeezes in a bit of banter (8)
BADINAGE – A five-letter word for a mark or insignia includes (squeezes in) the IN and the A from the clue.
8 Iran loses out to American navy in Gulf States discharges (8)
EMANATES – An eight-letter word for the Glue States has the IVR code for Iran replaced by (loses out to) the abbreviations for American and Navy.
14 Having arrived unannounced in constituency, served up bottled drinks (5,5)
TABLE WINES – A phrase 4,2 meaning arrived unannounced inside a reversal (served up) a four-letter word for a parliamentary constituency.
16 Counter northern members of parliament? They’ll screech a lot (4,4)
BARN OWLS – A three-letter word for a pub counter followed by the abbreviation for northern and a four-letter word for the birds described collectively as a parliament.
17 Cosmetic is on the verge of getting mark of approval (8)
LIPSTICK – A four-letter word meaning is on the lips of followed by a four-letter word for a mark of approval.
18 Being not yet two daughter’s missed by the old dear (8)
YEARLING – The two-letter old English word for the followed by a seven-letter word for a dear without the abbreviation for daughter.
22 Poodle topped and tailed mouse (6)
LACKEY – A phrase 5, 3 word for a mouse (in terms of the mark on the face following a punch) without the first and last letters.
23 Youngsters found skulking in local vestry … (6)
CALVES – The answer is hidden (found skulking) in the final two words of the clue.
24 … knock out young man from London area (6)
SEDATE – Split 2,4 this might suggest a boyfriend from an area of London south of the Thames.
27 Dozes off cycling to dance (4)
SKIP – A four-letter word meaning dozes off with the letters read in a circular form starting with the final letter.