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NTSPP – 005

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 005

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Foreword

Welcome to the fifth in our series of weekly puzzles.

This is the second by Prolixic – one of our rising stars.

Setter’s Notes

I had so much fun setting the first crossword and seeing the responses, I thought it would be worth having another go.  Your views may vary!

This puzzle is a straightforward crossword with no theme, so should be easier than the first one that appeared a few weeks ago.  Once again, I have tried to include a range of clues to cater for all ranges of ability.  I hope that it feels like a Telegraph crossword as this is what I was trying to achieve.

Thanks are due to Gnomethang and Big Dave for their comments on the first draft.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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1 Body of accountant and Catholic found by a ship? (7) 1 Short pretty girl’s sword (7)
5 Such trouble arises from boisterous rule breaking (7) 2 Stock-taker throws a stone as a means of measuring … (5)
9 Play electronic dance music embracing ELO comeback (9) 3 … the extent of fields a native American buried silver in (7)
10 Cleaner fellow quit, put off (5) 4 Ann tossed broken rock (9)
11 What’s due when getting b-behind (7) 5 Sweats over missing one and frets (5)
12 Antiseptic medical soap’s in fashion we hear (7) 6 Get changed to compensate (7)
13 Health resort’s church is out of this world (5) 7 A risky situation – working to find what’s across the pond following a short cold snap? (2,4,3)
15 Former pupil’s hearing “Compulsion” (9) 8 Old Baptist preacher quietly goes to see a specialist (7)
17 Ben argues excitedly, “It’s between a genus and a species” (9) 14 Chamber Pearl kept old preserve in (5,4)
19 Credit letter for salad ingredient (5) 16 Film society gets roles allocated around a couple of cuties (9)
21 In Blackburn outsider’s suffering from stress (4,3) 17 U-boat message’s hidden meaning? (7)
23 Dealers unusually arrested without a hint of ecstasy (7) 18 Green sort’s adapted to its environment (7)
25 Oriental men back unknown opponent (5) 19 Brazilian aardvark’s no good for fur, for example (7)
26 Throw dice with utter scrupulousness (9) 20 Stop backing American budget (7)
27 Briefly see after rest perhaps (7) 22 Wait for sailor by railway (5)
28 Whisper Edward’s been seen (7) 24 Bridge player’s game exercises boil over (5)

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