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NTSPP – 048

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 048

A Puzzle by Qix

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Foreword

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

Qix joined us as a regular a few weeks back, but how many of you knew that he sets crosswords for the Glasgow Herald?  Today he has set one especially for us.  Ignore the dreadful grid and you should find this to be a very enjoyable puzzle.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Qix

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 Amidst curses, comeback for politician (8) 1 Excuse submission without hesitation (7)
8 Supporter missing from French barrier (6) 2 Child having uniform for clubs, maybe? (5,4)
9 Loyalists quiet in overcome capital (8) 3 Bishop, perhaps, is hot-headed, having no house (6)
11 Reinvest badly and get extremely uptight (8) 4 Sort of sounds like purity (2,1,5)
12 Wrongdoers first frame informant (6) 5 Musical start to Christmas with Rudolf, perhaps? (5)
14 Some of them used large birds (4) 6 Family accepts a thank you from eastern Spain (7)
15 Romans inch out south-westerner (10) 7 Reportedly avoids star pupil (3)
18 One not affected by country accent (10) 10 Companions undo corsets (7)
19 A container improperly shut (4) 13 A Northern bird with castle in Hampshire (7)
22 Couple edited endlessly (6) 16 Big outfit, like Hearts? (5,4)
24 He asserts the German captured woman (8) 17 Kirsty Young initially admits evening with student that’s chivalrous (8)
26 Indolence operating (8) 18 Not going into details, I primarily needed fibre treatment (2,5)
27 Rub the wrong way after bus returns to residential area (6) 20 Corrupt arbiter? Always Welsh! (7)
28 Temporary farewell to de Gaulle as Benito casually breaks into a tango (1,7) 21 In church, praise Frenchman (6)
23 Awkward to sleep in it (5)
25 Cat that’s central to pantomime (3)

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