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NTSPP – 103

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 103

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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Foreword

Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have another excellent puzzle by Alchemi.

The puzzle

A Puzzle by Alchemi

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.

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1 Cold meal encourages like the devil. Not bad! (3,5) 2 Dugong incongruous as hunter’s help (3,3)
6 No going back with fighting dead ahead (6) 3 Show disrespect eating small square vegetable (9)
9 Fail to learn lines, although she should? (10) 4 Influential guitarist got pause wrong between lines (3,4)
10 Terribly loud contest on board (4) 5 Shaken, subdued, I leave Lockerbie for travel around London (6-6,3)
11 Kicking game makes foal bolt (8) 6 Greek airline policy Macedonia’s first problem (7)
12 Quantity of pressure in three states (6) 7 Home Counties statute turned over across the border (5)
13 Bets whichever way the second half goes, it’s a ball game (4) 8 Poorly fed, ran round blushing (3-5)
14 Princess going around the city, putting pressure on that woman to make out (8) 15 Jekyll’s alter ego gripped by terrible cramp sees a hippo or elephant (9)
17 Extremely agitated as foreigner starts to collapse in Crete (8) 16 Cheeseplant ruins my career (8)
19 Note about mineral (4) 18 Things are often compared to this of a 5, an 6d 27 13,  a 11 22 or 7 (3,4)
21 Scavenger ending up in blurred image (6) 19 Times are mostly dreadful for conductors (7)
23 Five-year dye mixed – it’s quite normal (8) 20 Heard clergyman knocking billiard balls together (6)
24 Phone message from insistent extortioner (4) 22 Dark hole with central heating (5)
25 Little space in garbled newsbite for fence-sitters (2-8)
26 Smelly cheese’s trace of fruit (6)
27 Sole motion gives instruction to former Liberal leader thrown overboard (8)

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