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NTSPP – 055

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 055

Hearsay by Radler

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

Radler entertains us again with a puzzle which has an interesting theme which is suggested by the sub-title.

Setters Notes

The crossword includes a phrase (related to 5 down) which has been split across a number of separately clued solutions, each of which holds one or more words from the phrase.  Some of those solutions hold two or more words that would not normally constitute a phrase in themselves.

Thank you to Prolixic for test-solving this puzzle, and for suggesting a better and more suggestive 16d than I had originally clued.

The puzzle

Hearsay by Radler

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.

Across Down
1 Universal Cinema production featured in cryptic clue (10) 2 Settle down on bedding to talk amorously (4,2)
7 Turn on radio (4) 3 Parasite: use wrong name to point it out (9)
9 Doctor arrested East German for careless talk (6) 4 Sweep up and down (3)
10 Stuck heading for Pole? (8) 5 9 apocryphally accredited with 7ac 14 20 12 23 (7,8)
11 Most sylphlike: perhaps Pussy Galore? (10) 6 Bananas eaten in lust, producing number twos (11)
13 Johnny’s ready (4) 7 Against invading, so resigned (5)
14 Seven meandering hand-free during bicycle race (5,3,4) 8 Northbound station commuting time to go astray but not a problem (3-5)
17 Given what was meant by 14 20, nerd gets irritated then goes inside (12) 12 Our goal is “Win or get drunk”, swallowing one’s pride (4,5,2)
19 Stole and received sentence (4) 15 Sweet skirt and coat (5,4)
21 On edge in figure 20, it’s said (2,8) 16 Fantasise when male gets end caught in steamroller (8)
22 Product of a generic businessman (8) 18 Lover’s afterthought on unknown man giving cold embrace (6)
23 Echo Zero Charlie Echo Foxtrot? (1,5) 20 13 or one of the 13 states surrounded by water (5)
24 Grant produced every piece (4) 23 Individual drive back (3)
25 Work’s dreadfully tiresome, but instrumental in determining vision (10)

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