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NTSPP – 041

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 041

A puzzle by Gazza

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Foreword

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

This week we have a special treat – a debut puzzle from our very own Gazza.  After a string of wins in the DIY COW clue writing competition, Gazza has been persuaded to set a whole puzzle – and it’s a cracker!

The puzzle

A puzzle by Gazza

There is an interactive version of the puzzle here.

If you prefer your puzzles on paper, a pdf of the puzzle an be downloaded from the interactive version.

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1 Consignment to Scottish island involves end of pier introduction for organised traveller (7,7) 2 Boldly soliciting vice round Greek island (9)
10 Again select front-runner after set-back (5) 3 Small car park is out of order (5)
11 Many a drug smuggler embraced bird, you’d heard (9) 4 Extravagant musing may result in building with lots of bars (9)
12 Old president starts to eschew all drink (4,3) 5 Plant built afresh after head of oil company is replaced by its no. 2 (5)
13 Full of colour, young female friend? (7) 6 One-dimensional international body leads to Ireland adopting original scheme (9)
14 Middle America is rocked by wrongdoing (5) 7 Nice night follows a cold-weather race (5)
16 Most exquisite stone inset loses nothing in translation (9) 8 Milk deliverer imprisons lady at that place (7)
19 Good, good late answer for old ham producer (3,6) 9 Language of a top-drawer writer (6)
20 Extra insurance covers periods of bad weather (5) 15 Shoulder decoration Pyrenean town permitted in Summer there (9)
22 Latte drunk in silence and secrecy (7) 17 Deep-rooted reform without an end to malpractice is dead in the water (9)
25 Is somebody talking about you in the vicinity? (7) 18 French singer who was in no way sorry? (5,4)
27 Drawn out nervous tension consumes former partner (2,7) 19 Temporary bypass in gridlock is only partial solution (7)
28 Pandemonium when English poet is announced (5) 21 You can’t miss this model (6)
29 Forbidding measure of drink to key workers at night (9,5) 23 Pipe cleaner? (5)
24 Hair colouring taken up to some extent by Anne Hathaway (5)
26 Non-British outpost where cowboys operate (5)

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