Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 073
A Puzzle by Gazza
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Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.
This week Gazza makes his long awaited return with a very enjoyable puzzle.
A Puzzle by Gazza
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.
|1||Moves to retain nucleus of Countdown in planned programmes (7)||1||Cooked rare seabird (7)|
|5||Defective hearing? Not I – it’s the wind (7)||2||Crowds round speaker with sugary fare (9)|
|9||Worship a dancing latin duo (9)||3||Totals are up or I’m a Dutchman (7)|
|10||Assassin took out henchman in jail (5)||4||Daughter’s in inspired form and ready to iron (4-5)|
|11||Cultivated a plot (7)||5||Patch of copper (5)|
|12||Skipping regular reunion forums can be harmful (7)||6||Vice supremo’s going down (7)|
|13||Sign that nothing’s wrong after detective comes across suspicious joint (9)||7||Eth’s beloved party’s musical theme (5)|
|15||Degenerate graduate tucking into Mars? (2,3)||8||Foreign dailies communicated effectively (7)|
|17||Track the leader in training (5)||14||I stalk two crooked power units (9)|
|19||Pretty young thing, easy to catch for a lark? (5,4)||16||Black broadcast from irrational boyfriend (5,4)|
|22||Reserve’s second time back in shape (7)||17||Gingerbread group’s first placement (7)|
|25||Win over the French follows mini-defeat initially around the end of March (7)||18||Stop me getting back to save try (7)|
|26||Here in parts of Canada the monarch appears more distant (5)||20||Gave proceeds to journalist (7)|
|27||Pinched and scratched (9)||21||Spanish Dragons’ Den – a Sun fabrication? (7)|
|28||Charm old actress after golf (7)||23||Board provides late news of European rights (5)|
|29||A theologian, hampered by short sight, say, gets upset (7)||24||Channel cover-up threw establishment (5)|