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Times 27159 - more Double Definitions than a topless beach ...

A jolly romp of a puzzle with lots of DDs and anagrams to get your teeth into. All but a couple were done in 20 minutes, then the correct guess for 13a across had to be checked, and 19a took a bit of an effort to find an obscure kind of farm worker.





Across
1 Record suspicion about the man that’s ruined city (7)
EPHESUS - EP = record, HE = the man, SUS = suspicion.
5 Leave without right coat (7)
VARNISH - VANISH = leave, insert R for right.
9 Army rations needing certain self-control (9)
COMPOSURE - COMPO were / are army rations, SURE = certain.
10 Musician needing support to carry piano (5)
PIPER - PIER = support, insert P for piano.
11 Present is the concern of those who are very small? (2-2-3-6)
UP-TO-THE-MINUTE - Double definition, one relying on a different pronunciation of MINUTE.
13 Urge page to wind turban (8)
PUGGAREE - (URGE PAGE)*. If you don't know the word, you can probably guess how the anagram letters fit. A Sikh's turban, or a wound hat band.
15 Finish something designed to provoke (4-2)
WIND-UP - Another double definition relying on differing pronunciations. As in wind = gale, and wind = turn.
17 Science of drinks dispensers (6)
OPTICS - Yet another DD, very neat, like I like my malts dispensed.
19 Farm worker currently present for time in season (8)
WINNOWER - Took a while to see this one. WINTER = season, has its T replaced by NOW = currently. Do farm workers winnow nowadays?
22 How Cotswolds are claimed by farmers is long-standing (4-2-3-4)
DYED-IN-THE-WOOL - Presumably if a Cotswold sheep is dyed at some point in its wool, you can tell it from someone else's sheep. The origins of the phrase - 16C - relate to colours applied to the wool before it was spun being more colour-fast hence resistant to change.
25 Perfect sound from space (5)
WHOLE - Sounds like HOLE, I suppose, a hole is a space.
26 Change of opinion on boat race (5-4)
ABOUT-FACE - ON = about, BOAT RACE being CRS for face.
27 Abruptly soon (7)
SHORTLY - Yet another neat DD.
28 Chap keeping a jolly item of clothing (7)
GARMENT - A Jolly is slang for a Royal Marine or RM, insert him into GENT = chap.

Down
1 Topless bathing area for every single (4)
EACH - BEACH, a bathing area, loses its top B.
2 Hat Mr Bough’s seen out in? (7)
HOMBURG - (MR BOUGH)*.
3 Beer this thirst finally quenched (5)
STOUT - S T = final letters of this thirst, OUT = quenched.
4 Illegal resident is comparatively thick (8)
SQUATTER - Another DD.
5 Spectator we found absorbed by a German quartet (6)
VIEWER - WE goes inside VIER = German for four.
6 Monitor, perhaps, triplane I rebuilt (9)
REPTILIAN - (TRIPLANE I)*. Monitor as in a type of lizard.
7 Appropriate admission by poet? (7)
IMPOUND - The poet says: "I'M (EZRA) POUND".
8 Western shire perhaps taking over for each area (5,5)
HORSE OPERA - A shire perhaps = HORSE, O = over, PER = for each, A = area. A horse opera is a formulaic Western movie or TV series, akin to a soap opera but with cowboys, who sometimes were seen singing to their horses. Not my cup of.
12 Race course owns mopeds for scrambling (5,5)
EPSOM DOWNS - (OWNS MOPEDS)*.
14 Skill securing constant success with City planner (9)
ARCHITECT - ART = skill, then insert C = constant, HIT = success, EC - City (of London).
16 Long-standing criminal gatecrashing free party (8)
LIFELONG - FELON = criminal, to be incarcerated in LIG. To LIG is to take advantage of freebies, as one used to do; the supply seems to have dried up. An odd clue where LONG is in the clue and the answer.
18 Vibrating noise in shaky Metro line that’s old (7)
TREMOLO - (METRO)*, L(ine), O(ld). Remember Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (why spelt differently? Tremelo is a place in Belgium) ; I recall having one on my pocket-money-depleting £12 guitar in the days of our Shadows-inspired shambles of a band, or 'group' as it was then. Before your time, V, I was there being Jet Harris.
20 Benefit of warning about magical being (7)
WELFARE - WARE = warning, as in beware; ELF is the magical being inserted.
21 Like a sauna group found in outskirts of Shrewsbury (6)
STEAMY - TEAM inside S Y which are the 'outskirts' of Shrewsbury.
23 Power tool’s not starting outside (5)
OUTER - A ROUTER is a power tool, it makes grooves and such, it loses its R. Another one with same part word in clue and answer.
24 Amphibian’s leg removed by famous scientist (4)
NEWT - Sir Isaac NEWTON loses his leg or ON side in cricket.
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