A Puzzle by Gazza
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A welcome return by Gazza to the pages of the NTSPP.
1a &17. Relatively accessible assistance to get home? (4,2,3,3,3)
BANK OF MUM AND DAD: Cryptic definition of parents who fund their offspring’s purchases.
4a Pet hates creepy-crawlies biting stomach (8)
BUGBEARS: A four-letter word for creepy-crawlies around (biting) a four-letter word meaning to stomach something.
10a Racing vehicles leave muddy traces with no hint of excuse (2-5)
GO-CARTS: A two-letter word meaning leave followed by an anagram (muddy) of TRACES without the letter E (with no hint of excuse).
11a Conceivably the German’s to become a Communist? (4,3)
TURN RED: A reverse anagram clue where the solution read as clue would give the German definite article.
12a Gossip’s essentially handy for Conservative whip (4)
YANK: A four-letter word meaning gossip with the middle letter (essentially) of handy replacing the abbreviation for conservative.
13a When salty she scares all forgetting clothing for keeping fit (6,4)
HEALTH CARE: The middle letters (forgetting clothing) of the first four words of the clue.
15a Everyone gets off boat failing to start on river (6)
EXEUNT: A four-letter word for a flat bottomed boat without the initial letter (failing to start) after (on) a three-letter river.
16a After injury I wee so messily – at first it’s personally distressing (3,2,2)
WOE IS ME: An anagram (after injury) of I WEE SO M (messily at first).
20a Confrontational, trying to gain an edge? (7)
STROPPY: Double definition, the second cryptically referring to the leather strap used to hone a razor.
21a Bogus useless investigator in Detroit (6)
SHAMUS: A four-letter word meaning bogus followed by the abbreviation for useless.
24a Cat coming to play around by side of mainline tracks is daft behaviour (10)
TOMFOOLERY: A three-letter word for a male cat followed by (coming to) a four-letter word meaning play around, the final letter (side) of mainline and the abbreviation for railway (tracks).
26a Granny could be retiring in Milton Keynes … (4)
KNOT: The answer is hidden and reversed (retiring in) the final two words of the clue.
28a … prompting BBC boss to replace Kay in bombing programme (7)
NUDGING: The abbreviation for Director General (BBC boss) replaces the K in a bombing programme involving nuclear weapons.
29a PC 11 is no quick worker (7)
PLODDER: A four-letter slang word for a police constable followed by the German definite article referenced in 11a.
30a On vacation Manchester police mistreated me (8)
COMPILER: An anagram (mistreated) of MR (Manchester on vacation) POLICE.
31a Governor dictates sandwiches to be sourced from Sweden? (6)
NORDIC: The answer is hidden (sandwiches) in the first two words of the clue.
1d In March colonel comes down on soldiers who frighten children (8)
BOGEYMEN: The name of the colonel in the British military march before (comes down on) a three-letter word for soldiers.
2d New Orleans criminal trial is a foregone conclusion (2,7)
NO CONTEST: The abbreviation for New Orleans followed by a three-letter word for a criminal and a four-letter word for a test.
3d He avoids raucous rows (4)
OARS: Remove the letters HE from the outside of a six-letter word meaning raucous.
5d Previously student lodged in bustling uni town (5,3)
UNTIL NOW: The abbreviation for student inside (lodged in) an anagram (bustling) of UNI TOWN.
6d Legal delivery originally due (10)
BIRTHRIGHT: A five-letter word meaning legal with a five-letter word for a delivery of a new baby before it (originally).
7d Main line regularly bypassed aboard tram (5)
AORTA: The odd letters (regularly bypassed) of the last two words of the clue.
8d Hole beneath ground’s waterlogged (6)
SODDEN: A three-letter word for a hole or a lair underneath (beneath) a three-letter word for ground.
9d Congress overwhelmed by opponents in county (5)
ESSEX: A three-letter word for congress or intercourse after (overwhelmed) by opponents in a game of bridge.
14d Passing of time encapsulated in the heart of Broadway (4,6)
ANNO DOMINI: The middle letters in Broadway expanded when read as an abbreviation.
17d See 1a
18d In conclusion one record after another starts to unsettle everybody (8)
EPILOGUE: The letter for one and a three-letter word for a record after a two-letter abbreviation for a record all followed by the initial letters (starts) to the final two words of the clue.
19d Idle English drunkard appearing initially enigmatic … (8)
ESOTERIC: The name of the Monty Python team member Idle with the abbreviation for English and a three-letter word for a drunkard before it (appearing initially).
22d … principally exhibiting traditionally honoured notably indigenous characteristics (6)
ETHNIC: The initial letters (principally) of the second to seventh words of the clue.
23d Rubbish food (5)
TRIPE: Double definition.
25d Bossy small girl jumping up and down (5)
MADAM: A word for a bossy small girl that is a palindrome (jumping up and down).
27d Miss March gets to the bottom of hoax in games room (4)
DOJO: The name of Miss March in Little Women below (gets to the bottom of) a two-letter word meaning hoax.