The Times – Cryptic – Times Cryptic No 26986 March 15 2018

The Times – Cryptic – Times Cryptic No 26986

Clues Answers
Axis spy? No? Yes — German, not English NINJA
Backing young man working as part of a network NODAL
Bitterness about golf balls? BILGE
Cease to care and get rid of personal sprite let oneself go
Damage appeal when caryatid’s head is knocked off HARM
Examine row of birds from northern Europe SCANDINAVIAN
Excellent American taking no exercise is feeling pain ACHY
Give over house to headless haunter HOST
Had composer of Peter Grimes promoting mariner’s end as cynical hard-bitten
Hard to listen to peacekeepers on “Oh, What a Lovely War”? UNMUSICAL
Invading Asiatic king is a fine figure of a man HUNK
Large number returned without money as a final blow to cap it all
Mad king beheaded son NUTS
Making correct in pronunciation to protect a stack of future memos? writing pad
Clues Answers
Meeting in brief before court case that’s not begun INTERSECTION
One dealing with lots of upset EU reaction AUCTIONEER
Papa very angry over result of condensation DAMP
Playmates upset about fine for something that was found in pit safety lamp
Pochard is flying high RHAPSODIC
Resolve finally to refer upwards in school? bring to a head
Senior politicians take lead for seat front bench
Stupid person is left trapped by hoax CLOD
Time to follow up on service for flying boat RAFT
Try tango, love HEART
Unfortunate amnesia about that dressing MAYONNAISE
Unwell during function — bodyguard’s showing a distinct lack of sense SILLINESS
Very alcoholic party — something served in the can? hard labour
Wash out club that has a dirty look DISCOLOUR

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