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Times 26791 - Monday, Monday!

Time: 21:39

Music: Battlefield Band: Time & Tide

I have to admit, this was probably the simplest Monday puzzle of all time.   I am quite sure that if I had solved on paper instead of online, I could have cut my time way down, but I'm always pressing the wrong key or typing in the wrong place.   All the Quickie solvers should come on over - you'll never get an easier chance to complete your first 15 x 15.

At today's little get-together with Verlaine, our friend guy_du_stable asked me if I ever played a CD.   Well, tonight's music answers that question, as this is an album that has never appeared on vinyl and almost certainly never will.   That's what CDs are for!

We did have a great time, and it was nice to be able to meet one of  the UK bloggers.   As most readers of this blog are aware, the twenty-five bloggers we have are rather widely scattered, but most of them are in the UK,   I'd like to thank paul_in_london, who now spends most of his time in New York, for organizing the event.


Across
1 Waste energy making jam (6)
SCRAPE - SCRAP + E.
5 Dismiss people in gala event (4,4)
SACK RACE - SACK, RACE in different sense.   Sacking a whole race might be going a bit too far even for today's ruthless multinationals.
9 No-nonsense attitude of firm prior to dance (8)
HARDBALL - HARD before BALL, where for once "firm" is not CO.
10 Musician: see one for a second time at concert’s close (6)
VIBIST - V + I + BIS + [concer]T.
11 Dad rather perplexed about Victor, sci-fi character (5,5)
DARTH VADER - anagram of DAD RATHER + V from the NATO alphabet.   It was used by all the other alphabets, too, except for the Royal Navy in WWI, who chose 'vinegar' for V.
13 Pretty detailed message? (4)
TWEE - TWEE[t], where 'detailed' indicates tail removal.
14 Leading performer, almost bald (4)
STAR - STAR[k], a write-in for all.
15 Get the bug, and lose one's investment? (5,1,4)
CATCH A COLD - double definition, a little loose perhaps.   I tried 'catch a crab' for a while.
18 Uncommonly rude, Cicero making impassioned plea (3,2,5)
CRI DE COEUR - anagram of RUDE, CICERO.
20 Fish from rock son dropped (4)
HAKE - [s]HAKE.   A lot of letter-removal clues this week.
21 Young person pinching pounds in nightspot (4)
CLUB - C(L)UB.
23 Current party needs reforming (7-3)
PRESENT-DAY -  anagram of PARTY NEEDS.
25 Navy member — nothing without leader (6)
ARMADA - ARM + [n]ADA - see what I mean?
26 Clash between boxers? Scrap that's up in the air (8)
DOGFIGHT - double definition, one semi-jocular.
28 Recluse must embrace fellow Cockney? (8)
LONDONER - LON(DON)ER.
29 Slum area has hospital within reach (6)
GHETTO - G(H)ET TO.

Down
2 Eccentric personality's reputation (9)
CHARACTER - double definition.
3 One who hears adroit broadcast about university (7)
AUDITOR - anagram of ADROIT around U
4 Age of eastern artist (3)
ERA - E + RA.
5 Since being raised, young man can make one cold dish! (5)
SALAD - AS backwards + LAD.
6 Clubs ask too much, but those eating may have to pay it (5,6)
COVER CHARGE - C + OVERCHARGE.
7 Writer penning books supporting revolutionary men, mechanical (7)
ROBOTIC - OR backwards + B(OT)IC.
8 Class players, English (5)
CASTE - CAST + E.
12 Deputy in game against reserve international can, holding ace (4-7)
VICE-CAPTAIN - V + ICE + CAP + T(A)IN
16 Secure grade, almost (3)
TIE - TIE[r],
17 Instantly approve when popular (4,1,4)
LIKE A SHOT - LIKE AS HOT.
19 Fish worker, an expert (3,4)
DAB HAND - DAB + HAND in different senses.
20 Special phone service arranged in hotel (7)
HOTLINE - anagram of IN HOTEL.
22 Left on fabulous ship, slowly (5)
LARGO - L + ARGO.
24 Object, gold, in witch's home (5)
ENDOR - END + OR.
27 Finally telling a good joke (3)
GAG - [tellin]G + A + G.
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