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NTSPP – 044

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 044

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Foreword

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

Fresh from having his first puzzle published in the Church Times, Prolixic is back again.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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 Confuse the Spanish for shellfish (6) 1 Service area killing (8)
4 A state line’s not hostile (8) 2 Special vintage can finally repay study (8)
9 Crisp range packaging released (6) 3 Indian messengers fail to start for ages (4)
10 Overwrought if centre’s destroyed (8) 5 One wielding a stick perhaps scarred minor dreadfully (6,6)
12 Tricks hospital after leader quits (4) 6 Against Georgia’s party line (5)
13 Doctor nearly arrived with books for cure (10) 7 Stronger ale consumed by abstainer.  Just the opposite (6)
15 Have a tantrum over new cooker (5) 8 Mention supporting old charge (6)
16 Country welcomes king and its former president (6) 11 I believed art represented thinking (12)
20 Mother leaves curry for each new person in East Asia (6) 14 Setter’s second note (4)
21 In imitation of stern queen (5) 17 Heartless leading cleric’s horse (4)
24 Over-regulated secure investments (4-6) 18 Poison’s a complex protein (8)
26 I leave capital seat (4) 19 Karma men take in for defence (8)
28 Arcane Central American on broken toes (8) 22 m-material lifted to become visible (6)
29 Superficial profile about the Italian (6) 23 Old man cracked nut (6)
30 Avoid team’s reflective sulk (8) 25 The media may be regularly perverse over a hint of scandal (5)
31 Engineers supplied ease (6) 27 Girl’s on-line transaction (4)

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