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Times 26707 - Hopes and Fears

Solving time: 26 minutes

Music: David Bowie, Low






I did this puzzle in good time, but I think perhaps less-skilled solvers may find it a little tough. It is full of references that are slightly off the beaten track, and some of the cryptics are quite clever. A number of the clues can be biffed, unless you have to write the blog and explain how they work. I'm still thinking about a couple of them right now.

OK, I have finished the blog, and all is clear. I am confident the answers are correct and the cryptics are properly analyzed. Now for the grand typo hunt and clue number check!

Across
1BUCOLIC, CUB backwards + [p]OLIC[e] - both ends missing!
5TEAROOM, TEA(ROO)M.
9ZAP, [la] PAZ backwards. The official name of the city is Nuestra Señora de La Paz.
10CHOCOLATIER, CH (Companion of Honor) + O (COLA) TIER.
11QUAYSIDE, sounds like KEY SIDE in dialectical regions where 'quay' is pronounced 'key'.
12COCOON, CO-CO(O)N. Only in crosswords are fellow criminals co-cons!
15ERNE, found in [n]E[a]R [a]N[d]E[s].
16SUPER-DUPER, double definition; if you manage to deceive a Police Superintendent, then you are a Super-duper indeed!
18SCHOLASTIC, anagram of CLASH and STOIC. Of course, 'scholastic' has overtones that are lacking in 'academic', but they are close enough for crosswording purposes.
19ORCA, hidden in [maj]OR CA[tastrophe].
22APPEAL, APP([grac]E)AL.
23VISCOUNT, VI + SCOU(N)T, a cryptic I had a very difficult time seeing.
25FIN DE SIECLE, FIND + ES + I.E. + C[a]L[l]E[d], where our old friend "French art' as a verb in the French lanaguage reappears.
27IDE, souunds like I'D, a write-in for experienced solvers.
28EMBASSY, E(MB)A(S)SY.
29EVENTER, E(VENT)ER, what my niece is on weekends, when she's not an algebra teacher.
 
Down
1BEZIQUE, BE + anagram of QUIZ + E[verton], my FOI - it's obvious, right?
1CAPTAINSHIP, anagram of PANIC, SPAHI + T[ook].
3LOCUST, LOCUS + T.
4CLOUDBURST, C(LOUD BURS)T. 'Burs' are often spelt 'burrs', but both spellings are apparently equally valid.
5TROY, T(R)OY.
6ANACONDA, sounds like ANNA CONNED A, and in virtually all dialects.
7OBI, O[ld] B[oy] + I. The sash of a Japanese kimono.
8MARINER, MA(R.I.)N + ER. I don't think it is really correct to equate 'Scripture' and 'religious instruction', since presumably the later involves some sort of interpretation.
13OPPORTUNIST, OP + POR(TUNIS)T.
14SEMICIRCLE, SEMI + CIRC(L)E.
17CLEAVERS, double definition. I admit I just biffed this, but upon doing my research I find that 'cleavers' is indeed a vernacular term for goosegrass.
18SNAFFLE, double defintion, with the elf fanciers taking a break this time around.
20ANTBEAR, A NT + BEAR, where NT is not 'books' this time around, but the National Trust. Bears are not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament - I checked.
21SCHEME, S((CHE)M)E, a rather over-elaborate cryptic.
24LIVY, LIV[er]Y.
26NOB, ON upside-down + B.
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