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NTSPP – 066

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 066

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have a topically-themed puzzle from a brand new setter.  This is the first puzzle from Hieroglyph, who is hoping to attend Sloggers & Betters 8 on the 24th May..

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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 Extremely savvy, staunch logic (6) 2 Sounds burdensome, could be soft for soldiers (4)
5 Oddly a bit over-idle? (8) 3 Edward’s familiar after King twice voiced disapproval (3-6)
9 Small amount of claret in goblet, wiping mouth after serving? (8) 4 Setter’s reaping benefit, back-strain (6)
10 Close to a gutless liberal tendency to destruct, totally (3-3) 5 Possible outcome of recent 12 on the 15, 1: a tentative lover, fumbling (11,4)
11 Inferior actor could be showing restraint (12) 6 Field softly after balls go too far (8)
13 Starters can enter race, tipping a sure thing (4) 7 Former/present source of morning news? (5)
14 Hypothetical mice chewed by a rat (8) 8 Lovers’ farewell, having played tennis… (10)
17 Capital I held? (3,5) 12 …umpire played under me held to divine opinion (10)
18 Matching flush (4) 15 College sort preferred unwritten examination (9)
20 Sly shot ‘Rocky’, he blew bottle (5,3,4) 16 Basic charge initially tempers copper’s complaint? (4,4)
23 Post no bills, not a rule to stick to (6) 19 Commonplace after date for swinger (6)
24 Spectator close to Federer, following transmission, then shot (8) 21 In home game to reach final? (5)
25 Having melted away in club, lead dancer goes out to prepare for a fight (8) 22 5d outcome – ‘no’ (4)
26 Hit mural? (6)

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