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Times 27073 - Jumbly polysyllables out the ass

And here we are, fresh from an invigorating trip to Greece, the second part of which was spent on the fair isle of Chios, not a million miles away from the place referenced at 14 down.

This was a nice mix of the old and the new, of letters and science, with one clue (13 across) likely to send recovering vocalophobes into recidivism. 28 minutes and change.

A glass of mastiha for the first person to name my holiday reading (without Googling) from the quotation given above (clue: I'll probably still be reading it on my next holiday).

ACROSS

1 Plants in island thus smuggled from the east (8)
NARCISSI - reversal of IS SIC RAN
5 Like a Dane, for example — and not one in Washington (6)
NORDIC - NOR (and not) I in DC
9 Legendary bird biting head off dangerous reptile (3)
ROC - [c]ROC
10 Fine workforce, one possessed by man like Sir John? (11)
FALSTAFFIAN - STAFF I in F (fine) ALAN (random man)
12 Briefly poke around leg, to find protein (10)
INTERFERON - INTERFER[e] (poke around with the last letter deleted) ON (legside in cricket - a game once played by Australians)
13 Share the Sunday joint, do we hear? (4)
METE - sounds like 'meat'; consider the poetry of the KJV: 'For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again' (Luke 6: 38)
15 Ragout of game containing a highly seasoned sausage (6)
SALAMI - A in SALMI (a ragout or casserole)
16 Mature combination of companies adopting western name (5-2)
GROWN-UP - W N in GROUP
18 Delay after chap encounters strong wind from east (4-3)
TIME-LAG - TIM (random bloke) GALE reversed
20 Switching sides, Chinese communist finds Lao Zi’s philosophy (6)
TAOISM - MAOIST with the ends swapped
23 Retired priest following northern river (4)
NILE - N ELI reversed
24 Grassy area in politician’s part of constituency (10)
GREENSWARD - GREEN'S WARD
26 Worried if a host is an obsessive trendy! (11)
FASHIONISTA - IF A HOST IS*
27 Anger shown when state's leader is deposed (3)
IRE - [e]IRE (as in Ireland); cue discussion re stamps etc.
28 Current Oxford course taken in six months? That's wonderful! (6)
YIPPEE - I PPE in half of YE[ar]; Politics, Philosophy and Economics is the course specially designed for rugby players at God's own university. You catch the ball at the interview at St Edmund's Hall, you're in; you pass it back, you get a scholarship.
29 Lower rent Ray's splashed out up front? (8)
AYRSHIRE - 'lower' as in 'the cattle are lowing'; RAYS* HIRE

DOWN

1 Sea nymph entangled in reed (6)
NEREID - IN REED*
2 Dairy product a girl takes in bed (7)
RICOTTA - COT in RITA (random, typically uneducated, woman)
3 Put friend in the picture in a relaxed way (10)
INFORMALLY - INFORM ALLY
4 Serving in army club, one left out cementing tool (9,4)
SOLDERING IRON - SOLD[i]ERING IRON (club)
6 Tender-sounding Mercian king? (4)
OFFA - sounds like 'tender'
7 Republican in seedy bar visiting cinema, perhaps (5-2)
DRIVE-IN - R in DIVE IN (visiting)
8 Scorn fiddle casual worker finally bought (8)
CONTEMPT - CON TEMP [bough]T
11 Insensitively considered the French devious (13)
THOUGHTLESSLY - THOUGHT LES (as in Les Bleus) SLY
14 Recipients of letter from Welshwoman cutting business deficit (10)
COLOSSIANS - SIAN (random Welsh woman) in CO LOSS
17 Insect — one flapping lamely at first in farm pen (8)
STONEFLY - ONE F[lapping] L[amely] in STY
19 Effeminate chap writing about class work (7)
MILKSOP - ILK (class) in MS (writing) OP (work)
21 Language provoked by a limited rise in Westminster? (7)
SWAHILI - A HIL[l] (limited rise) in SW1 (postcode for Westminster)
22 Stick a poster, possibly, in this place (6)
ADHERE - AD (a poster, possibly) HERE (in this place)
25 Long evergreen tree (4)
PINE - double definition
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