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NTSPP – 071

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 071

A Puzzle by Boaz

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have yet another setter new to the site. Those of you that follow the DIY COW clue writing competition will already know Boaz, and will be on the lookout for witty and sometimes cheeky clues.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Boaz

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 Solitary pastime on the computer is blocked (6) 1 Time to get a chauffeuring position? (3,2,3)
4 Liquid nitrogen alert (8) 2 Cat turned up with one chance to be cool (8)
9 Fine point and good effort – but not right (6) 3 Barely notice mink thief’s in trouble (2,3,4,2,4)
10 Did Labour put Bush before Balls? (8) 5 I would point at a picture (4)
12 It may be under the counter, but it’s honestly ordered (2,3,3) 6 Try harder to boot computer? (4,2,4,5)
13 Leader of Socialist Party heading off for a rest (6) 7 Like a monster returning the innards of tough Sir Godfrey (6)
15 Blue collar is on order (7,5) 8 Make beloved listener finish first (6)
18 Queen hit by foaming acid at sea – King is imprisoned (1,4,2,5) 11 Ensigns hiding on vessels (7)
21 Agree to spy, if it’s the Fourth of July (6) 14 Gore subsequently stood for President? Don’t bet on it (4-3)
22 Spray with milk before getting a cheap drink (3,5) 16 Get grime off device needed for minute measurements (3,5)
24 Keeper finally goes in goal then lies around as a reward for travelling (3,5) 17 Mark Phillips initially expressed hesitation over son’s runs (8)
25 Technique for cooking meat in iron (6) 19 Fat of the land, say (6)
26 Incredibly, drinks squash after energy drink (8) 20 Cause jockey’s supporter to lose heart (4,2)
27 Extremely classy and popular US island (6) 23 Buzzers or beepers, but only the odd ones (4)

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