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NTSPP – 086

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 086

A Puzzle by Gazza

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have another fine puzzle from Gazza.

The 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.

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1 Ousted skipper has time to curse (6) 2 Chicken course? (5)
5 To scratch around for a warning in latin’s no good when engaged in coitus interruptus (8) 3 Queen has good look round pasture (5)
9 Explosive – it may end unstable (8) 4 Ronnie Kray, for one, knitted women’s clothing (7)
10 Hacked-off Scotsman and German make merry (6) 5 Celebrated with lager followed by runs (7)
11 ‘Healthy food party’ unfortunately ends with daughter knocking out son (5,5) 6 Determine to be member of panel assessing commercials? (7)
12 Old Welsh striker’s feeling of euphoria (4) 7 Tendon injury to leg after old copper’s trip (9)
13 Fraud claiming authorship of blog? (8) 8 String ‘em up brigade start to change, imprisoning street thugs (9)
16 Went delirious when caught inside (6) 14 Working as a guide begin to make liquid nitrogen (9)
17 After informant flipped journalist got stabbed (6) 15 Oceans keep sides apart outside normal playing times (3-6)
19 “I agree with Nick” man’s not special assistant, surprisingly (8) 18 Faffs about, content to edit her script (7)
21 In times past the old hoarded gold (4) 19 Drove forward with knight rather than trailing rook – got repulsed (7)
22 When it’s around the claret’s kept out of sight (10) 20 Handy for parting shot later on (7)
25/23 Pansy’s ungrammatical seaside appeal? (4-2-5) 23 See 25 Across
26 Middle falls out of elegant foreign novel in flimsy cover (8) 24 Vote for the future (5)
27 Wrestled with a dodgy old design (8)
28 Jump at sound of second shot on film set (4,2)

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