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NTSPP – 032

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 032

A Puzzle by Anax

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Foreword

Welcome to the thirty second in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have another excellent puzzle from Anax that is as good as those of his that are published in the national press.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Anax

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Verses mentioned in clues refer, in all but one case, to one of the answers.

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1 Skin in verse 7 something to do with verse 4 because of “Abos” (4) 1 What starts to hover around, having covered some distance? (4-4)
3 Did Ginger Spice play old instrument in verse 6? (10) 2 Songstress inserting large sex toy (5)
10 In verse 1, watch them feed salt into idiots (9) 4 One bird, one bee, one introduction to sex (4)
11 Swore, getting married after verse 0 (5) 5 Footballer wants to give up, has put out one cig (9)
12 Brass creates low note (6) 6 Hull worker maybe needs separate row of houses (7)
13 Doctor has to use area of Portsmouth (8) 7 See 14a
14/7 Down Under song predating Men At Work, so career to include two discs (3,2,8,4,5) 8 How sad men will bite head off (2,4)
18 Perhaps steel mesh coils dampened around cross over the dead (8,5) 9 A good cut unless a cruel one (6)
22 In verse 2 it should be cool to prepare to shoot at ducks (8) 15 Cut and run, smuggling royal horse? (9)
23 Refuse to eat, only missing a dessert (6) 16 Alistair Darling’s Private Secretary, an officer, female and slightly mad (3,6)
26 Paris Hilton’s sage stuffing (5) 17 Humour as base for aptly wild duck in verse 5 (8)
27 Map of old London, originally damaged by strong light (5,4) 19 Court’s decisions to give capital punishment (7)
28 Gibraltar resident wants locals to go on speaking English (7,3) 20 Bad form when it’s lost, say (6)
29 Soapbox of Welshman? (4) 21 Beetle mark on a beetle’s head (6)
24 Take it back in verse 3 after chasing stunner? (5)
25 Well served starter (4)

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