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Times 26335 - Rebuke a Scotsman? That's not right!

Solving time: 25 minutes

Music: Christine Primrose, Aite Mo Ghaoil




A moderate puzzle after the weekend offerings. Having tuned my brain up to the the Saturday/Sunday level, it is sometimes difficult to step down and think of the obvious. This is my excuse for poor times on easy puzzles, and I'm sticking to it.

There is certainly little general knowledge required here, and virtually nothing that you can say you've never heard of. Only the early French dynasty might be obscure to those who dozed off in the fifth form, as an elderly pedant droned on about Merovingians and Carolingians.

In two weeks I will be blogging the puzzle for February 29. If you find yourself bored with these rather vanilla puzzles, I'm sure we'll see something exotic or unusual in that one. I just hope they don't fill it entirely with words that are used only once every four years!

Across
1CASTLES IN THE AIR, simplistic double definition. The alternative 'castles in Spain' was more common in the 17th and 18th century.
9ANNOUNCER, ANN + OUNCE + R[educed].
10VIVID, V(IV)I + D.
11SPICES, SPI(C[urry])ES.
12CHARISMA, CHAR + IS + M[undane], A[cquiring].
13SAMSON, SAM[e] SON[g].
15DRILL BIT, a not-very-cryptic definition.
18CAPETIAN, C(A PET I)AN, as in Hugh Capet et al.
19TUNE UP, double definition.
21SHE DEVIL, SHED EVIL, a chestnut.
23USEFUL, US + anagram of FUEL.
26AMEND, A(MEN)D.
27UNCHAINED, double definition. This may refer to 'Unchained Melody' by the Righteous Brothers, but you don't really need to know that.
28DIFFERENTIATION, anagram of FAT REDEFINITION.
 
Down
1CHASSIS, CH + ASSIS[t], my LOI, I was most annoyed when I saw it, as I had assumed that the 'a' in the clue corresponded to the 'a' in the answer.
2SINAI, hidden in [scene]S IN AI[da].
3LOUSEWORT, L(O US)EWORT, where the container is 'trowel' upside-down. No need to have heard of the plant.
4SOCK, S[h]OCK.
5NORTHERN, NO + R + THE R.N. Deduct points if you interpreted 'orthe' as a Greek adjective meaning 'correctly'.
6HOVER, HOVE + R. Somehow, 'Hove' seems very familiar....
7ADVISABLE A + D(V)ISABLE.
8REDRAFT, RED + RAFT. Is a raft really a boat? Discuss.
14MAPLE LEAF, double definition. The leaf of the plane tree does indeed look very similar to that of the maple, and if one flew by you probably couldn't tell the difference.
16LOUISIANA, LOUIS(IAN)A.
17LATITUDE, double definition.
18CUSTARD, CU(STA)RD, where the contents are an anagram of SAT.
20PALADIN, PA(LAD)IN.
22ENDUE, E + N + DUE.
24FUNGI, FUN + G.I. a minor alteration of the 'fun guy' chestnut.
25SCOT, S + COT, the setter's favorite tax.
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