February 6th, 2019

Times 27267 - nothing to complain about or shout about.

A pleasant if somewhat vanilla puzzle today, mostly straightforward wordplay and only one word and parsing at 19a which caused me any delay in my 20 minute solve. Hard to pick a special clue out of these, but I'll settle for 28a for a relevant surface.





Across
1 Burst ball seen after Slav fouled (5)
SALVO - (SLAV)*, O for ball.
4 State capital has no love for religious ritual (9)
SACRAMENT - The state capital of California loses its O.
9 Furious Berber perhaps put back in guest accommodation (5,4)
SPARE ROOM - SPARE = furious (as in 'he went spare'), MOOR = Berger, reverse him. No room in our spare room, it's full of boxes since we downsized.
10 American author, Tolstoy's hero (5)
LEVIN - Double definition; hero of Anna Karenina, and choose an Amercian author, Ira, Robert, Mark, Michael, and probably more.
11 Song always going round is atmospheric thing (1,5)
E LAYER - E'ER goes around LAY = song; the E LAYER is one of several radio-reflecting layers (D, E, F1, F2...) in the ionosphere.
12 Remove sozzled sot in plane put at the front (8)
JETTISON - JET followed by (SOT IN)*.
14 A bloomer, moving east in ultimate people carrier? (10)
HEARTSEASE - (EAST)* inside HEARSE, the ulimate people carrier. Viola tricolor, a pretty little wild flower.
16 Hindu music about to make contribution to culture? (4)
AGAR -  A RAGA is Indian music, reversed it makes the medium used for culturing bacteria.
19 Head’s lack of heart in grilling? (4)
NOLL - The heart or middle of grilling is LL, so a lack of that would be NO LL. Old fashioned word for head, or crown of head.
20 Oh, for tale of adventure on high seas! (8,2)
WESTWARD HO - HO going 'west' becomes OH. Or vice versa. Novel by Charles Kingsley.
22 One leaving restaurant worker means to serve course (8)
WATERWAY - WA(I)TER, WAY.
23 Water level reversed by old king in cutter? (6)
EDITOR - TIDE reversed, O(ld), R = king.
26 Round relative sheds pound in weight (5)
OUNCE - O = round, UNCLE loses his L.
27 End of hip strain announced (9)
INTENTION - IN = hip, with it; TENTION sounds like tension.
28 Daughter, in splitting huge cost, pays thus? (4,5)
GOES DUTCH - D inside (HUGE COST)*.
29 Neat looker appears in small window (2-3)
OX-EYE - OX = neat, EYE = looker. Small circular window, more usually left in the French as œil de bœuf.
Down
1 One martyred in street on walk with female (2,7)
ST STEPHEN - ST, STEP = walk, HEN = female.
2 Fools seen within the French city (5)
LHASA - HAS = fools (as in 'he had me that time') inside LA = the in French.
3 One takes beating over races amid scuffle (8)
OMELETTE - O = over, MELÉE = scuffle, insert the TT races.
4 Hard ground outside with hooves protected? (4)
SHOD - SOD outside H.
5 Firm 21 admits writing articles in attempt to limit damage (10)
COMPENSATE - CO = firm, 21 = friend = MATE, insert PENS.
6 Skilled nurses are there principally to do surgical removal (6)
ABLATE - ABLE = skilled, 'nurses' A and T being initial letters of are there.
7 English newsman packs travel document as predicted (9)
ENVISAGED - ENG ED has VISA inserted.
8 Join group that's on the rise (5)
TENON - NONET is a group of nine musicians, reversed. I didn't know you could have TENON as a verb to mean 'make a tenon joint', but obviously the setter did. Or maybe kevingregg below is right and join is a noun, alternative to joint.
13 All-rounder needing some Linnaean classification? (10)
GENERALIST - Well, a LIST of GENERA would be piece of Linnaean classification.
15 Simultaneously everyone agreed to accept Conservative (3,2,4)
ALL AT ONCE - C for Conservative goes into ALL AT ONE = everyone agreed.
17 Answer found in ordering afresh for banker (3,6)
RIO GRANDE - (ORDERING A)*.
18 Dance enthusiast circling with energy (8)
FANDANGO - FAN encircles AND = with, GO = energy.
21 Devil embraces Remainers' leader, being intimate (6)
FRIEND - R inside FIEND.
22 Grace maybe saving man — but there's wickedness! (5)
WRONG - W G (Grace the cricketer) encircles RON a bloke.
24 Public rights guardian bans one Parisian race (5)
TRIBE - TRIBUNE the public rights guardian, loses its UN = one in French.
25 American location in Connecticut a haven (4)
UTAH - Slightly hidden in CONNECTIC(UT A H)AVEN.