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NTSPP – 070

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 070

A Puzzle by Quaiteaux

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

For those of you who are regular solvers of the puzzles in the Independent, this week’s setter will need no introduction.  Quaiteaux has compiled this puzzle especially for the website and it is a real treat.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Quaiteaux

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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7 Rapid growth resulted from his efforts to deceive (9) 1 Dutch network I traded for English (4)
8 Dull, British and repressed (5) 2 Chicken out of seeing lord’s younger son embracing paramilitaries (6)
9 For poor service, sued seven Parisian saleswomen (9) 3 Secret originally often concealed by sect (6)
10 Its grapes could be divine (5) 4 Tina initially joins husband to create little one (4)
12 Isle that needed exploration at first in its interior (6) 5 This might require mousse to be prepared from richer ingredients, with a hint of almond (8)
14 Killing cut short service (holy) in France (8) 6 Fifty days that changed dire estate (10)
15 Get rid, get rid of film network (4) 11 Profession of sorority to god (4)
17 People possessing a bit of nous have their attractions (5) 13 Cheer up, finding protection for inventor (10)
18 Nice and keeping footballers from going (4) 14 Mountain of interest to Hector, numerate to some extent, if backward (5)
19 For this much port, not a problem (3,5) 16 Lean diet designed to be feature of prominence in news reports (8)
20 One who is able to grasp nothing becomes barrel maker (6) 17 It connects A with C (4)
22 Angel, say, is cast out of heaven (5) 20 Will echo reverberate around massive… (6)
23 News when great opera is abridged in performance (9) 21 …old court when Braun returns on eighth day? (6)
26 Being a Romantic type, he embraced a German (5) 24 God, it’s painful to climb (4)
27 Trying to resolve whether 26th or 32nd (9) 25 Wind up, say, around a foot of metal (4)

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