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NTSPP – 051

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 051

A puzzle by Qix

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Foreword

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

Qix makes a quick return to the NTSPP fold with this new puzzle.  He’s promised not to use triple unches in future!

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 & 18a Thrashing inept scholar on rump? (8,10) 1 Greens house? (7)
4 Cook gets tea made centrally (5) 2 Two blokes following Greek character and historic African (9)
8 Sounded bullish about initial tryst, and proposed (6) 3 Port explodes; sangria – to some extent (6)
9 Editor’s first documentary inside nuclear facility (8) 4 Begin to be celebrity solicitor (5,3)
11 Second husband having ball in public went too far (8) 5 Very English vote to retain aristocratic leaders (5)
12 Associate diplomat (not English) (6) 6 Distribute spoils with hard gangster (7)
14 Starts to set wheels in motion for exercise (4) 7 Soldiers from central Armenia (3)
15 Disheartened academics’ studying involves university, normally (2,3,5) 10 Overwhelm cheat with some arithmetic and English (7)
18 See 1a 13 Inclined to remove last slipcover from study (7)
19 A female Wimbledon winner? (4) 16 Incompetent initial scribblings rubbed out after letter to the Corinthians turned up (9)
22 Exercises painful? That’s OK (6) 17 Surgery primarily considered after drug is rejected (8)
24 Wanting to understand “The Return of the King” in French (8) 18 Celebrated for all to see in tree (7)
26 In retrospect, a pillar of her community (4,4) 20 Volatile traitor captured by Clapton? (7)
27 Quarter note (6) 21 Naysayer used to describe hosiery (6)
28 Competed with expert getting in the way (5) 23 Truck from the north unloading 20% of cargo (5)
29 Unpredictable woman gets into whips from the east (8) 25 Under way, having left ducks behind (3)

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