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Sunday Times 4598 (13 Jul 2014) by Jeff Pearce

Solving Time: 21:01

I found this one something of a gentle stroll, albeit with a couple of unusual words at 1a & 11d. There seemed quite a few anagrams, most of which were quite easy to spot. 14d was particularly good and gets my COD.

I wasn't keen on 25a which just read like a straight clue to me, unless I'm missing something. Plus 23d seemed particularly lazy.

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

Across
1MONSTRANCE = (MON + TRANCE) about S
6SPITe
9SUPERSTORE = (TO PRESSURE)*
10CA + V & A
12mARROWS
13BULLET IN
15WROUGHT IRON = W (Tungsten) + (OR TIN)* about ROUGH
18STROBOSCOPE - cd
21ANTILLES = ANTI + SELL rev
22A SPIRE
24BEAR - triple def, although 'stomach' and 'suffer' are essentially the same one
25APPARITION - I would call this a cd, but I see nothing cryptic about it
26LULU = LoUd x2
27STA(B)LEMATE
Down
1MISLAY = (A SLIMY)*
2NAPERY = APER in NastY
3THROW A WOBBLY - wordplay in solution - (A WOBBLY)* = BABY OWL, 'THROW' acts as an anagrind
4ALTO - rev hidden
5CURMUDGEON = Criticise + sURGEON about MUD
7PSALTERY = (ALERT SPY)*
8T + RAINING
11BLATHERSKITE = (BRISK ATHLETE)*
14LOBSTER POT = LOBS + (POTTER)*
16ISTANBUL = STAN + Buy Umbrella in IL (the Italian), so the definition is just 'city'
17PRATFALL = TAR rev + F all in PAL (china - CRS) + L
19baSILICA
20SÉANCE - cd
23BAR + Barbiturate - Surely a better word beginning with B could be found than one that actually contains the answer! Bourbon? Brandy? Bromide?
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