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Times 27049 - The Lord Bless You and Keep You

I was awful slow to get my last three, failing unaccountably to see 22 across, 16 down and 21 down. I thought this was a very nice puzzle - a degree or two harder than your average Monday with an immediate appearance of the upper-class young lady to reinforce last week's tutorial. This week's music, sung at that most memorable and mould-breaking of royal weddings [Hallelujah! Amen, brother, lurve is the answer!], must be John Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

Post-blog note: Nice to see the reference to the Australian Magoo at 10 across.

Cry for help: Does anyone know how to deal with a ‘Your login cookie seems to have disappeared’ message/situation. I can no longer comment on my PCs.

ACROSS

1 Large antelope chasing mammal over plateau (9)
TABLELAND - BAT reversed + L + ELAND
6 Street urchin playin' for money (5)
GAMIN - GAMIN[g]
9 Promiscuous woman rebuffed by theatre luvvies? (7)
SLAPPER - REP PALS reversed
10 Francophile presumably mentioned plant growth (7)
GALLNUT - If you are a lover of things French,, you might be called a Gaul Nut
11 Definitely a period of nine months? (3)
YEA - YEA[r], i.e. 3/4 of YEAR
12 Look carefully at what makes a typical Tory? (11)
CONTEMPLATE - an average Tory could be made from a CON TEMPLATE. Moving swiftly on...
14 Academic stumbled over words at the outset (6)
FELLOW - FELL + O (over) + initial letter of W[ords]
15 Beach souvenir girl left, eaten by marine creajture (3,5)
SEA SHELL - SHE + L in SEAL
17 Trains do crash in part of arch (8)
INTRADOS - anagram* of TRAINS DO
19 Provide drink before journey regularly (6)
SUPPLY - SUP + PLY
22 Face punishment, omitting initial on census (11)
COUNTENANCE - [p]ENANCE on COUNT
23 Boat that's unwieldy however capsizes (3)
TUB - BUT reversed
25 Here's what I think about former style of painting (7)
IMPASTO - IMO around PAST
27 Met doctor on train (3,4)
RAN INTO - ON TRAIN*
28 Brave chap guarding borders of Thebes (5)
GUTSY - GUY around T[hebe]S
29 Not many are inclined to shelter on coast (9)
FREEWHEEL - RE in (sheltered by) FEW + HEEL ('are inclined')

DOWN

1 Portion of feta's typically pleasing to the palate (5)
TASTY - hidden
2 Tussle fixing plug? Tool needed (7)
BRADAWL - AD in BRAWL
3 Assume worker will swallow yellow linctus (11)
EXPECTORANT - OR (heraldic yellow) in EXPECT + ANT
4 Displaying top-quality jewellery item (6)
AIRING - AI RING
5 Bank introducing easy loans from the outset? Nonsense (8)
DOGGEREL - DOGGER (sand bank near mouth of Thames) + initial letters of E[asy] L[oans]
6 Upper-class female in pin-up (3)
GEL - LEG reversed
7 Artist briefly pens label for pictures (7)
MONTAGE - TAG in MONE[t]
8 Hardly our French friend (3,6)
NOT REALLY - NOTRE ('our' in French) + ALLY
13 Beyond bend German river turns, skirting northern region that's unknown? (8,3)
PASTURES NEW - PAST (beyond) + U (bend) + N in WESER reversed
14 Wincing a bit during lively dance (9)
FLINCHING - INCH in FLING
16 Finish series of festivities, principally (5,3)
ROUND OFF - ROUND (series) + OF + F[estivities]
18 Advertise cut of steak in Tweets regularly (7)
TRUMPET - RUMP in alternate letters of TwEeTs
20 Series of books kept by coppers showing future promise? (7)
POTENCE - OT in PENCE
21 Unqualified, one abandons English course (6)
ENTREE - ENT[i]RE + E; could be appetiser or main course
24 Cook first portions of beef rib with alternative to lard? (5)
BROIL - first letters of B[eef] R[ib] + OIL
26 Christian group having variable influence (3)
SAY - SA (Salvation Army) + Y
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