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NTSPP – 008

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 008

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Foreword

Welcome to the eighth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Prolixic, or should that be Prolific, entertains us again.

Setter’s Notes

Setting these crosswords is an eye-opener to the intricacies of constructing a puzzle.  I am grateful once again to Tilsit for reining in my more wayward tendencies – I had, of course, assumed all of you would be familiar with various internet programming languages and that making logical connections from Word A to Word C via Word B would cause you no inconvenience.  It is a measure of Tilsit’s thoroughness that he even raised some more questionable points with other setters. When Elgar thinks that a clue is unfair you take notice!

I hope that you have as much fun solving the crossword as I have had compiling it.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Prolixic

If you prefer your puzzles on paper, click on the grid to download a pdf of the puzzle.
Additionally there is an interactive version of the puzzle here

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1 Gross teashop served little slugs? (9) 1 Feel King’s work’s beginning to ease (5)
6 Post books back for estimate (3,2) 2 A duplicate edited edition is submitted (7)
9 Alternative to Swiss vegetable’s a growth area (7) 3 Confused manatee is to come out (7)
10 Let go of pawnbroker with no grasp of English when taking first of pledges (7) 4 Low border (5)
11 Strategy of aged men perhaps (7) 5 Blindly reproduce brush style (5-4)
12 Grass cutter’s rumoured by some to be commonplace (5-2) 6 Tenor’s performances describe one leading character’s wiles (7)
13 Dawn has seedy, seedy time (9) 7 Create hospital organisation for doctor (7)
15 Twig that old Bob’s a prude (5) 8 Playing this gives good exercise to the heart, perhaps (4,5)
16 Go on to find some havoc curiously (5) 13 Healthy in full measure (9)
19 Humble man’s wearing fur, perhaps this (9) 14 Free spirit small girl’s to symbolize (9)
22 Cad’s hesitation before and after mistake (7) 17 Essential run down upset mandolin owner (7)
23 Smashed plot involving revolutionary Iran (7) 18 Train receipt Archdeacon swapped for loaf of bread (7)
25 Prodigal son leaving swine behind resettled in Florida resort (7) 20 Gilding Roman found in Portugal (7)
26 Success when given free rein in carpentry (7) 21 Dreadful skit about nudie oddly is the most agreeable (7)
27 Priest some French cut off (5) 23 Small round sail’s erected on boat? (5)
28 Hear why sturgeon at sea produce offspring (9) 24 Doctor and philosopher lack one piece of equipment (5)

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