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NTSPP – 045

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 045

A Puzzle by Isla

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Foreword

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

Today we have a first puzzle from a new setter.  Isla, neither Scottish nor female, is a fan of Chilean footballer Mauricio Isla, the 22-year-old right-back who plays for Udinese in Italy.  This puzzle is on the tough side, but well-worth the effort.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Isla

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 Cut back gel, no good in hair that stands up (6) 1 Jesus the man: extremely hairy, pale, undressed (10)
4 Arsenal keeper’s third amazing calamity (8) 2 Tea cups at home? (5)
10 When blotto, seal lips around a straw to get the rest? (9) 3 Records contain recent indication of new driver (1-6)
11 Wipe the floor with flash young boxer? (3,2) 5 No-name linen, absurd copying (5)
12 Travellers’ protector’s crazy as shrubs (2,8,4) 6 Gammon I ate produced pungent gas (7)
14 Series of tests remains (5) 7 Busy Lizzie’s over-eager, starts to scramble for time (9)
16 Train pupils to throw a ball, perhaps? (4,2,3) 8 See unknown after supernatural vision (4)
18 I’m ready, you sound unprepared… (9) 9 Coats, pants cover high fashion (5,3)
20 …ready to be shot at dawn (5) 13 Killer band had a quest – to rock the world, ultimately (5,5)
21 Between flights a plane parks in airfields (7,7) 15 Careless fellow not about to guess (9)
25 Tot has area for play (5) 17 Russians purge army marshals, power transferred in the teeth of this? (4,4)
26 Dictator over east provokes horrific tableau finally (9) 19 Ancient race of colonial England (3,4)
27 Hearing related to blocking diary radical union leader’s penned (8) 20 Eating flower in such a manner reversed problem in marsupial (7)
28 Entertained a thought (6) 22 More appealing as queen under arrest, king set free (5)
23 Bows and bouquets (5)
24 Fancy fish are (4)

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