A Puzzle by Widdersbel
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Welcome to Widdersbel as he joins the halls of the NTSPP.
1a What archer wants, English had, somewhere near San Francisco (6,4)
GOLDEN GATE: A four-letter word for the colour of the inner circle on the archer’s target followed by a three-letter abbreviation for English and a three-letter word meaning had or consumed.
6a Judi Dench perhaps last to come forward for cheese (4)
EDAM: The title of an ennobled lady such a Judi Dench with the last letter moved to the front.
10a Bad smell in cocktail a sign of infection? (9)
SNIFFLING: A four-letter word for a bad smell inside a five-letter word for a cocktail.
11a Fine palatial houses where the Buddha grew up (5)
NEPAL: The answer is hidden (houses) in the first two words of the clue.
12a Answer 25 first (5)
AHEAD: The abbreviation for answer followed by a four-letter synonym for the answer to 25a.
13a Beowulf unabridged? I cut the most intense part (9)
EPICENTRE: A four-letter word for a work such as Beowulf followed by a six-letter word meaning unabridged or whole without (cut) the letter I.
14a Nominate patient fellow for deception (3-2,3)
PUT-UP JOB: A phrase 3,2 meaning nominate followed by the three-letter name of the biblical character noted for patience.
16a Criticises demands for access (6)
KNOCKS: Double definition.
19a Regularly sips fancy hotel’s aperitif (6)
SPRITZ: The odd letters (regularly) of sips followed by the four-letter name of a posh or fancy hotel.
20a Irrational to evict horse? (8)
UNSTABLE: Split 2-6, this could mean to remove a horse from its lodgings.
23a European daisy, say - good thing for kids to hunt in spring (6,3)
EASTER EGG: The abbreviation for European followed by a five-letter word for the family of plants of which a daisy is an example, a two letter abbreviation meaning say or for example and the abbreviation for good.
25a Return non-uniform loaf (5)
BONCE: A six-letter word meaning return or spring back without the letter U (non-uniform).
26a Tea in McDonald's? (5)
CHAIN: A three-letter word for tea followed by the IN from the clue.
27a French 25 repeatedly hosts a party for two? (4-1-4)
TETE-A-TETE: The French word for 25a repeated with an A between (hosts) them.
28a Plain meal oddly lacking a kind of bean (4)
LIMA: The even letters (oddly lacking) in the first two words of the clue.
29a Digs snazzy lad's outfit (6,4)
STUDIO FLAT: An anagram (snazzy) of LADS OUTFIT.
1d Opening boxes to find fault with old street light (3,4)
GAS LAMP: A three-letter for an opening around (boxed) a four-letter word meaning to find fault.
2d City in Crete lies in ruins (9)
LEICESTER: An anagram (in ruins) of CRETE LIES.
3d Used four-letter words - this don is strangely offended (5)
EFFED: A compound anagram where an anagram (strangely) of the solution and DON give the word OFFENDED.
4d Leading companion reportedly made fun of tail (5,3)
GUIDE DOG: A homophone (reportedly) of GUYED (made fun of) followed by a three-letter meaning tail or follow.
5d Entitled berk capsized in Middle East river (6)
TIGRIS: A three-letter word for a knighted person and a three-letter word for a berk all reversed (capsized).
7d Uproot houseplant from store? (5)
DEPOT: Split 2-3 this could mean uproot or remove a plant from its container.
8d Mother, shall we put away large hammers? (7)
MALLETS: A two-letter word for mother followed by a four-letter word meaning shall we includes (put away) the abbreviation for large.
9d Apprentice with case of 21 computers joined together (8)
INTERNET: A six-letter word for a trainee followed by the outer letters (case) of the solution to 21d.
15d Blueprints supplied by partners after "persuasive chat" (8)
PATTERNS: A pair of bridge partners after a six-letter word for a persuasive chat or sales spiel.
17d An instruction to dog after youngster finds something on bottom of boot (5,4)
CUBAN HEEL: The AN from the clue and a four-letter word of instruction that might be given to a dog after a three-letter word for a youngster.
18d Made Sir Ged think erroneously (8)
KNIGHTED: An anagram (erroneously) of GET THINK.
19d What might make 15 clients upset? (7)
STENCIL: An anagram (upset) of CLIENTS.
21d Extreme cycling over top of this peak (7)
EVEREST: A six-letter word meaning extreme with the letters rotated around (cycling) over the first letter (top) of this.
22d Make like a bird and fly (4,2)
BEAT IT: Split 2,2,3 this could mean being a small bird.
24d Did butterfly netting at first restrict some bees? (5)
SWARM: A four-letter word for the form of exercise or sport in which one might do the butterfly stroke includes (netting) the first letter of restrict.
25d What's said to lift Charlie's predecessor (5)
BRAVO: The letter in the NATO phonetic alphabet before Charlie.