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NTSPP – 023

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 023

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Foreword

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

This week we have another puzzle from Prolific Prolixic.  I quite liked the final, rather quirky, grid.

Setter’s Notes

Apologies for the slightly unusual grid with the little island in the middle.  Last minute amendments were required to hide a faux pas on the part of the setter who used the same word twice as part of two answers.  The setter is sending this from the naughty step but is consoled that he in good company he is!

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 Agent found on line? (7) 1 Browner paper found by the French representative (7)
5 A large number dismiss horrible flu (7) 2 The arrow shot by king on embankment (9)
9 Story of local nursing a bishop (9) 3 Identify nasty smell in service of vespers for the dead (7)
10 Explosive hot egg (1-4) 4 Rallies he organised to make trouble (5,4)
11 Produce a herb about the end of June (7) 5 Plans for stormtroopers to hire muscle (5)
12 Marital odds on upper-class girl (7) 6 Old American companies co-host a broadcast (7)
13 Image of non-nuclear radiation (5) 7 What to do when you get the bit between your teeth (5)
14 Fish always changing hands (3) 8 Nothing’s liable to change a flower (7)
16 Some drab masons returned to dance (5) 15 Learner takes one iron round course from start to finish (4,5)
18 Card game’s humourless with two royals (5) 17 Middle East zones get a baseball team some finance (9)
20 Endlessly raise old Norse character (3) 18 East-end inventions (7)
21 Measured and prepared paper (5) 19 Novel rioter found in Wales (7)
23 Kinky bra I own gives illusory hope! (7) 21 Protest before the judge, “It’s a mess” (5-2)
26 About to take a vast arrangement of neckwear (7) 22 Leaves barren regions (7)
27 Nice he got one account of the lower intestine (5) 24 Dictator to return nana (5)
28 Without men taking unfair slice, get higher still (9) 25 At which point prostitute lacking love takes drug instead (5)
29 To satisfy sex appeal, return it to goddess (7)
30 State paper? (7)

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