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NTSPP – 021

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 021

A Puzzle by Biddle

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Foreword

Welcome to the twenty first in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week Biddle has provided a puzzle with a topical theme – his first for the site .

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Biddle

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1 See 16 1/8 Speedy follower in cartoons chasing kitchen equipment around house for 26 star. (6,8)
5 Your life could be saved by this dry, unattractive woman (3,3) 2 Mean return for soldiers, provided in American city (7)
9 Near box is one running something 20 25 and 27 6 almost needed recently. (5,6) 3 Went back to pay for drug, though owing money (9)
11 Acceptable in service? 27 6 could barely do this at the end (3) 4 Look! It’s timeless superhero’s girlfriend (4)
12 Lower man, so long as high-up woman follows (6) 6 See 27
13 Patience, perhaps, in each heart of batter returning after duck (8) 7 Take back last criminal in offenders’ institution (7)
15 A lady who could be trembly, with second letter missing (6) 8 See 1
16/1 His parallel race confused one in long contest against 1D, 8. (7,8) 10 Fashionable part of trousers making a profit (2,6)
19 Northern editor discovered with whiskey in respected publishing organisation confessed to crimes (5,2) 14 Communist played with a resident of China (3,5)
21 Conclusion I’ve come to: I can be used in salads (6) 17 He gets line put in a box by someone else (9)
24 Bridge? Actually it’s 26 that’s been played a few miles from here recently (8) 18 One enjoying a quick trip, once found in Capri? (3,5)
26 Error on net returns? A source of income for 16 1A, 1D 8, 20 25 and 27 6 (6) 20/25 Outlast machine, maybe? – Energy and grit finally lacking, he couldn’t outlast 27 6 (7,5)
28 Pass short message to religious community (3) 22 Graves, perhaps, in French territory – territory visited by Vikings long ago (7)
29 S, or R in some countries? (4,2,5) 23 Dances around mount (6)
30 Find a new home? That’s about it in the home counties (6) 25 See 20
31 Home care for little chap, possibly beloved (8) 27/6 Conqueror of 20 25, unpopular king is nothing short of a tyrant (4,5)
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