Special Puzzle – 009
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Today we have a bonus treat in the form of this Sunday Special Puzzle set by Twmbarlwm. Click on the grid above to access the puzzle.
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If you would like to have a go at perhaps writing a review for the puzzle, feel free to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org. [Now done]
Thanks to Twmbarlwm for the puzzle!
1 Bob is one dead boring friend in the City (10)
PALINDROME – The abbreviation for dead inside (boring) a three-letter word for a friend, the in from the clue and an Italian city.
8 Cold, pull on extremely elegant jumper (7)
CRICKET – The abbreviation for cold followed by a four-letter word meaning to pull or twist a muscle and the outer letters (extremely) of elegant.
9 Reportedly keen on Split (2,3)
IN TWO – A homophone (reportedly) of “in to” (keen on).
10 Alongside river, wonderful shrub (4)
ACER– To the left of (alongside) the abbreviation for river add a three-letter word meaning wonderful.
11 Suspect Morse tracks, arresting American woman (8)
ROSEMARY – An anagram (suspect) of MORSE followed by the abbreviation for railway (tracks) around (arresting) the single letter abbreviation for American.
13 Be relegated – after match, miserable (2,4)
GO DOWN – A two letter word meaning match or correspond with a four-letter word meaning miserable after it.
14 Mafia scorned? That requires bottle (6)
FIASCO – The answer is hidden (that requires) the first two words of the clue.
17 ‘Uptight‘ or Chic, ‘Le Freak’? (8)
CHOLERIC – An anagram (freak) of OR CHIC LE.
19 West of island, dump tent (4)
TIPI – To the right (West) of the abbreviation for island add a three-letter word for a rubbish dump.
21 Hastily repair hoist (3,2)
RUN UP – Double definition.
22 First in lift, finally rid of odd characters (7)
INITIAL – The IN from the clue followed by the even letters (rid of odd characters) of the third sand fourth words of the clue.
23 Preacher who’s condemned evil on stage, expressing love (10)
EVANGELIST – An anagram (condemned) of EVIL ON STATE after removing (expressing) the letter representing love or nothing.
2 With wraps I notice strong flavouring (7)
ANISEED – A three-letter word meaning with around (wraps) the I from the clue and a three-letter word meaning notice or spot.
3 Petite top missing – it’s black (4)
INKY – A five-letter word meaning small (used with a make of model cars) without the first letter (top missing).
4 Too much strong wine, journalist keeling over (2,4)
DE TROP – A four-letter word for fortified or strong wine and the abbreviation for editor (journalist) all reversed (keeling over).
5 What could be ‘virgin’ ignoring Romeo in musical, Grease (5,3)
OLIVE OIL – A musical based on a Charles Dickens book without (ignoring) the letter indicated by Romeo in the NATO phonetic alphabet followed by a three-letter word for grease.
6 Spear carrier’s outtake, perhaps (5)
EXTRA – Double definition.
7 Having more than one term in swimming pool, mainly (10)
POLYNOMIAL – An anagram (swimming) of POOL MAINLY.
8 Load back of Civic with a case of red – paid for with this? (6,4)
CHARGE CARD – A six-letter word meaning load followed by the back letter of civic, the A from the clue and the outer letters (case) of red.
12 Water in spate worried climber (5,3)
SWEET PEA – A three-letter word meaning water (in the toilet sense) inside a anagram (worried) of SPATE.
15 Stir and sip rum, rye and brandy, for example (7)
SPIRITS – An anagram (rum) of STIR SIP.
16 Rover, Mars spacecraft (6)
VIKING – Double definition.
18 Open University regularly knocked? Just a little bit (5)
OUNCE – The abbreviation for Open University followed by the even letters (regularly) of knocked.
20 Face learner backing up (4)
DIAL – The abbreviation for learner and a three-letter word meaning backing or assistance all reversed (up).