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NTSPP – 024

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 024

A Puzzle by Anax

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Foreword

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

This week we have another excellent puzzle from Anax.   A few words of advice – read the clues carefully, everything that you need is there.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Anax

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1 Tyre’s initially bald and wobbly – one to watch (9) 1 Expect to grasp answer (see 22) (4)
6 Stop and do something rude? (5) 2 She’s heartlessly hiding old meal ticket (see 22) (5)
9 Guides recall sailor in his environment (7) 3 Separating cells is basic, so nearly disastrous (10,5)
10 Head-on smash not far ahead of new driver (7) 4 This hot and cold liquid is a kitchen cleaner (9)
11 Attend boxing club, causing delight (7) 5 Runs 12 in (see 22) (4)
12 Caught news flash that’s going around (see 22) (6) 6 Rolling Stone genre? (11,4)
13 Smart, so gets dug in (7,7) 7 One isn’t even odd total (9)
17 Shocked hotelier: My! Lord Lucan? (3,6,5) 8 Agreeing to recall good time, keeping partner in (8)
18 Line breaks do, a bit (6) 14 Changes path in secret, rickety fencing put up free (9)
19 A dry dock with nothing in it (see 22) (7) 15 Hair not in curlers, say (see 22) (5-4)
23 Disapprove of training (see 22) (7) 16 Engine thus prepared for stock car? (6,2)
24 Original belief in a prostitute one’s married (7) 20 Electoral system, one that’s second best (5)
25 This is so unusual in a puzzle (5) 21 Jolly good man on top (see 22) (4)
26 Work, and be sacked (see 22) (5,4) 22 Warning from setter – cracks appearing (4)

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