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NTSPP – 043

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 043

Sloggers & Betters by Elgar

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Foreword

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

Elgar distributed a special puzzle at the recent Sloggers & Betters 7 meeting, and has kindly given permission for it to be reproduced here.

The meeting was attended by solvers of all the major cryptic crosswords, including the Guardian and the Independent as well as the Telegraph, so some of the names involved in the puzzle may not be familiar to everyone.  Please read page 2 for some help with this.

The puzzle

Sloggers & Betters by Elgar

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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8 ‘Empty’ Crucible adds to Indy setter’s glow (8) 1 Standard role played by Big Dave when things get nasty? (6)
9 Sun-Mail, FT-Times, Azed-Listener sets? Not the first fruit (6) 2 Fabulous destination of traveller, on receiving definitions of out of and in bed from the south? (8)
10 Our mother is using hall for training in secure service (7,8) 3 Cryptic Sue’s no responsibilities (6)
11 When cycling, join web discussion on Bible Studies examination at 16? (6) 4 Broken leg, Tees, so sod off! (3,4)
12 Stretch formed by drying lake commanded by Weekend pad (4,4) 5 Having had fine analysis of Io in newspaper written up? (8)
13 Routine to which Phi has, on vacation, reverted (6) 6 In opening up, the conclusions of flashling are overwhelming (6)
15 Cinephile, amongst others, curiously examines time (6) 7 Laughing about Eimi finally attracting heavenly body (quite bright)! (3,5)
18 Checker wholly subjected to verbal attack? (4,4) 13 In which survey occurs @ random? (5,3)
20 City man’s not very far through Apex (6) 14 In a measured line, “Jetdoc [- at last! -] “attached to compiler in in-crowd” (8)
22 Letter-learning exercises with a peculiar arrangement (7,8) 16 ‘Messiah’ Manley finally shot emu when outed? (8)
23 Exactly what Uncle Yap does about Nimrod’s lack of humour? (4,2) 17 New women-free weblog about to set up deal illegally (7)
24 It’s Araucaria for Paul and me, entering clue  -ultimately right choice (6-2) 19 Make solvers see red, say? Composer’s up for it (6)
20 Quietly enjoying the nature of Japan (6)
21 Dave is this slack, and Biddlecombe’s extremely pissed off. The blocks here aren’t black! (6)

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