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NTSPP – 020

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 020

A Puzzle by Anax

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Foreword

Welcome to the twentieth in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week Anax has provided a difficult puzzle with a hidden theme..

Setter’s Notes

This is a tough puzzle. There is a grid constraint (I’ll say no more) which forced the majority of answers into place, and some of those were more obscure than I’d like to use. For these the clues are reasonably straightforward, but they will unavoidably make this a challenge – I do recommend having a dictionary to hand.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Anax

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 Not a posh restaurant, but offers trout accordingly? (6) 1 Those crossed by those going across (7)
4 A notice seen in court lobby (8) 2 Best part of club where, oddly, good men go around with marijuana (5,4)
9 Amazing home English composer had (1,5,3) 3 Steward on vigil (5)
11 Turn back and admit weather’s beginning to get colder (5) 5 Wind up with nothing, having raised finance (5)
12 They empty drains (7) 6 Mum’s fury about dye, sometimes a problem with washing (9)
13 Get a new clutch modified by pilot? (7) 7 Floating while I’m swallowing a little bit of water (5)
14 One saving power in here wasted ours too (9) 8 Do the wrong thing with small jobs (7)
17 President being interrupted by mother (5) 10 Once unfaithful, dallies unpredictably (7)
19 Rapid developer takes some time to learn (5) 15 Loving girl, he’s in for trouble (9)
20 Not a subject that is set in the French primary school? (9) 16 Apply too much screw pressure, always following on (7)
22 Roman staff like this – besieging yours (7) 18 Irregular copier of poems will pen one (9)
25 Author is back on board (7) 19 (One of) crazy men receiving cheers? (7)
27 Graduate in America’s unfit to drive here? (5) 21 Train users in the morning (7)
28 Conifer, ideally in ground (9) 23 So there is nothing opening up – nothing (2-3)
29 Initially confused man behind shield, perhaps? (4,4) 24 During rehearsals actors dance (5)
30 Gum in empty latrine (6) 26 Under cow, horse (5)
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