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NTSPP – 018

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 018

A Puzzle by Tim Moorey

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Foreword

Welcome to the eighteenth in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we are fortunate to have a puzzle from Tim Moorey.  Tim is a crossword setter for the Sunday Times, The Week and others.  He is the author of How to Master The Times Crossword, published by HarperCollins, and a consultant for Chambers Crossword Dictionary.

An experienced adult tutor, he is a sought after speaker on crosswords, for example being on the WI speaker panels for Surrey, Kent and Essex.  You can read more about his Crossword Workshops here
or visit his website here:

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Tim Moorey

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 Description of crooked hedonists (9) 1 Energetic detectives arresting a large number on the way back (7)
6 Car in the spotlight (5) 2 Work very scrutinised in this sort of business (7,8)
9 This, after goo makes a fool in Scandinavian language (5) 3 Unit triumphed, we hear (3)
10 Flat area recalled in Detroit apparently (5) 4 Shows for former naval officers? (5)
11 Tailless bird or gibbon (3) 5 If a Trot revolutionary bores time and again, this is retaliation (3-3-3)
12 US author’s correspondents (7) 6 Lots of plants taken up by a German guy (5)
14 Nothing to share in speech (7) 7 What bossy photographer may be doing (7,3,5)
15 Racer perhaps rolling in the clover (9) 8 Contracts with medical types (7)
17 Herb and daughter backed painter (5) 13 Advance almost topless (5)
18 Lustful King Andrew (5) 16 Type of hearing unsuitable for High Court? (5,4)
19 Divide liquid store (9) 17 Desperate to include good, mournful song (5)
21 Hunter comparatively crude sounding (7) 18 Russian pianist involved with chorister? Not so (7)
23 Relative walks forward (7) 20 Row on fares and cheats down under (7)
24 One bird of 5 (3) 22 Name below long story is that of French novelist (5)
25 Where man’s lifeless down below, Viagra vendor has the answer (5) 23 Reportedly influenced type of leather (5)
26 Maybe it’s still burning in the river (5) 26 Unfulfilled writer? (3)
27 No lead in pencil? That’s material (5)
28 Early drink for cricket teams? (9)