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Solving Time: 63:39

A good test. I didn't feel like I got on the setter's wavelength particularly well, but then I very rarely do with Tim's puzzles.

Three sportsmen in this one - Brian Lara, Rod Laver & Lionel Messi, plus a president, a prime minister and a Viking, but most of them should be fairly accessible for most people, with the exception, perhaps, of Messi.

cd = cryptic def., dd = double def., rev = reversal, homophones are written in quotes, anagrams as (--)*, and removals like this

Across
1BRAN + DISH
5D(U)RESS
10SMEL(LARA)T
11R(ACE)R
12INDRA - rev hidden
13BARBARIAN = BAR x2 + (IN A)*
14GA(THE RED)IN
17CANE - rev hidden
19C + HEW
20FANNY + ADAMS - Duff & Fanny are both American slang terms for bottom, John Quincy Adams was the 6th POTUS, and Fanny Adams is a colloquial term for nothing.
23MESSIEURS = EUR in (MESSI + S)
25TITLE = TITtLE - 'a tiny or scarcely detectable amount'
27A TRIAl
28THE RIVALS = (LAVER'S HIT)*
29TURKEY - dd
30HOME'S + PUN - Sir Alec Douglas-Home was the PM
Down
1BUS KING
2AHEAD = A (Advanced) + READ (study) with H for R
3DOLMADES = (SELDOM MADE)* with the ME removed (Middle Eastern leaves). 'Full of beans' is the anagrind which makes this an &lit.
4S(CR)UB
6UPROAR = UAR (United Arab Republic, a former union between Egypt and Syria) about PRO
7ENCHILADA = L in (HACIENDA)*
8STRANGlE
9STAR SIGN = S (RATINGS)*
15TREASURER = T (Tycoon's capital) + REAR (behind) all about SURE (firm) - semi &lit
16EVALUATE = EVA + (A LUTE)*
18PART-TIME = EMIT (pour out) + GIN (trap) all rev
19COMPACT - dd - 'comes initially' is C, and the C in CD is Compact, plus a compact can be a bargain (similar to a pact)
21STEPS ON
22M1 RAGE
24STENO = (NOTES)* - semi-&lit
26TRAM + P

Comments

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jackkt
Mar. 30th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
75 minutes for this one, so I struggled a bit. Unknowns were MESSI, INDRA, "duff" = "posterior" and by extension the US FANNY and STENO as an abbreviation for "stenographer"
ulaca
Mar. 30th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
Lots in quickly then slowed a bit to finish in 41 minutes. Particularly liked Messieurs and compact. Indra and duff unknown, and dolmades forgotten. I'm not a massive fan of Eastern Mediterranean food, anyway, though baklava never goes amiss.
bigtone53
Mar. 30th, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
Good blog, Dave.

I do not know where you are based but in my part of the world, Fanny Adams (usually accompanied by Sweet) gives SFA which has the same meaning but a more basic construction.
petebiddlecombe
Mar. 31st, 2014 08:55 am (UTC)
19 has two wordplay interpretations. I think the intended one was the fact that in CD = "compact disc", "what comes initially" is "compact". Or that's how I read it, failing to notice the alternative.
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