NTSPP – 094

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 094

A Puzzle by Chaz

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have a puzzle from old friend Chaz, back again after a three-month break. There is a bit of a theme running through this one. It was new to me but I managed to work it out.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Chaz

There is an interactive version of the puzzle here.

If you prefer your puzzles on paper, a pdf of the puzzle can be downloaded from the interactive version.

Across Down
1 Striking event (8) 1 Small Japanese box to plug encroachment (6)
5 Instruction to leave ship by internet provider’s twitter (6) 2 Sausage-flavoured drink smothers trendy volunteers (9)
10 Sun god drinks a martini as side dish? (5) 3/6 Haphazard research operations ceded odd film book by 20a, 23 (2,8,5,2,8,5)
11 Distinctive quality of absurd non-violent environmentalism (9) 4 Pit in no way put him forward? (7)
12 Act of side-stepping a vacancy in a benefice (9) 6 See 3 down
13 Even left fielder recalled old computer game (5) 7 20a, 23’s genre has origins in social change in foreign institutions (3-2)
14 The French lady of the night loses direction in Pakistan (6) 8 Randomly emit pion from red pepper (8)
15 Steady increment of fantasy author’s insides (7) 9 Bring closer to final feature (6)
18 Crawler follows old car manufacturer and football’s inner sphere (7) 16 Hard two-bit choice twice encapsulating vote of the masses (3,6)
20/23d 7 author, Prince Consort and Little Richard holding knight (6,1,4) 17 Possibly what to use when declining a rabid live bat (8)
22 Questioned when board’s man met paper’s boss (5) 19 Formally annul law about sound of bells (6)
24 Poet’s organ for detecting smell of bird’s tailpiece (5,4) 20 Sailor man died staring with amazement (3-4)
25 Schedule sex appeal in age-lines (9) 21 Type of chips found in price condition (6)
26 Splendid success in reversal of mental cessation (5) 23 See 20 across
27 Fiancée’s kimono ensnares Yupik? (6)
28 Tending to embrace a pick entering low place (8)

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