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NTSPP – 057

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 057

A puzzle by Qix

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

Qix has set a puzzle of comparable difficulty to a regular back-page 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 Soldiers involved in playing drums for Colonel? (7) 1 Mineral found in outskirts of Minorca (4)
5 Heading for shed (7) 2 Fish with small head (7)
9 Hotel girls dance exotically, without nudity at first (9) 3 A plane with oxygen for China? (5)
10 Writer from French opposition (5) 4 Brownie points out accommodation? (3-5)
11 You or I, perhaps, join profession (13) 5 Polyclitus, primarily, is an old sculptor (6)
13 Swift destruction of Port Said? (8) 6 Memorable day for socialist landlord (3-6)
15 Way to return opera to large venues (6) 7 Non-believer drops penny inside the circle (7)
17 Police surround empty house of Egyptian leader (6) 8 Fanciful Greek atlas showing Michigan and Ontario, for example (5,5)
19 Game with 23 between the French and English (8) 12 Whip mushrooms up on the French shows (10)
22 Two fools lead one country to liquidation (13) 14 Medic holds unusual isotope for investor (9)
25 Saving without a minimum (5) 16 Acne? Mail-ordered lotion (8)
26 Sell off, i.e. vast rip-off? (9) 18 Catch sloppy tanneries missing it out (7)
27 One who fleeces ex-footballer? (7) 20 English teacher and students get up at dawn (7)
28 For the audience, I tax 12 (7) 21 Preserve DNA dropped by criminal (6)
23 Angry hijacker needs no introduction (5)
24 A sly look at “The King’s Speech”? (4)

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