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NTSPP – 029

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 029

Strains of Blue by Radler

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Foreword

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

This week we have another puzzle from Radler. There is an underlying theme, and working that out will help with the puzzle but is not essential.

Setters Notes

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Nine of the solutions are the names of English royal dynasties – hence the title “Strains of Blue”. Their clues may include definitions like “line” or “succession”, though in some cases the definition is not related to the Royal meaning.

The puzzle

Strains of Blue by Radler

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All clues are normal, but the puzzle title provides a further hint for nine of the answers

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1 Family returned to join class (6) 1 Bag like that in doctor’s place (7)
4 Crack attack (7) 2 Court makes cuts from Spooner’s American conflicts (5,4)
10 Another topless woman with the first woman (5) 3 Clearly shown drug’s positive – cheat excluded (7)
11 It requires one to act a bit like a snake’s belly (9) 5 Henry died in beating up (5)
12 Green town caught out potential problem with instrument maker introducing line (4-6-5) 6 Fashion target around cross (7)
13 African navy catches so-called fish (7) 7 Set out, get on and bring in succession (11)
14 Dire possibility – stay or leave? (4,3) 8 Men joined majority of immoral women outside party (8)
16 They don’t turn up without entertainment (2-5) 9 Union leader developed trust about first character (6)
18 Stock having no good after-effects (7) 14 Cobbled for nouveau riche? (8)
21 12′s house? (5,6,4) 15 Forestalling by entering boot in cobblers (9)
24 A brown fish? Not true! (2,2,5) 16 French resistance invading Donne’s island (6)
25 Sweet sound of soprano’s utterance? (5) 17 Give tip… “use moisturiser” (3,4)
26 Land of alien Men in Black (7) 19 It’s hard making music about love (7)
27 see 7 20 Manoeuvre the girl to arouse again (7)
22 Mary’s American hunk together in the past (5)
23 Rising like the strains of blue, something to be downed (5)

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