Not in Havana, unfortunately from a nice-weather viewpoint, but at least Rutland is not on the amber list. Actually we're moving again, from 1 mile inside Leicestershire (but only 4 miles from Oakham, Rutland's capital town), to a real Rutland village (18 houses and a post box).
This was another pleasant puzzle, not as hard as last Wednesday's I think, it took me 25 minutes or so. I learnt 3 new words, all obvious from wordplay (15a, 23a, 27a) and a new meaning at 24d.
Sorry if the formatting looks a bit odd, I had to rescue what I could when the LJ posting went pear shaped the first time.
1 Degenerative state of Venetian magistrate keeping volunteer army once (6)
DOTAGE - DOGE keeps T.A.
4 One at home in Madrid perhaps — and Paris, surprisingly (8)
SPANIARD - (AND PARIS)*.
10 Blessedness of bishop with key position, so to speak (9)
BEATITUDE - B (bishop) E (musical key) ATITUDE sounds like attitude, position.
11 Eg Hammerstein’s very large limousine (5)
OSCAR - OS (outsize) CAR (limo).
12 Rowdy lout initially stabbing poet with little hesitation (7)
HOODLUM - HOOD, UM (hesitation) insert L = lout initially. Thomas Hood was an English poet 1799 - 1845, but I didn't know that, being a poetrignoramus, I guessed him.
13 Mineral popular in Oman’s capital, as it happens (7)
OLIVINE - O (Oman's capital), LIVE (as it happens), insert IN = popular.
14 Stuff wrapped round last of wholesome dairy product (5)
CREAM - CRAM = stuff, around E last of wholesomE.
15 New decanter full of sugary fluid (8)
NECTARED - (DECANTER)*. I didn't know something could be "nectared" i.e. filled with nectar, but I see no reason why not.
18 Weaken resistance of son frequently before beak (6,2)
SOFTEN UP - S(on) OFTEN (frequently) UP = before magistrate.
20 Famous clown taking a drink (5)
COCOA - COCO the clown has A inserted.
23 Short song a girl’s written about an alien (7)
ARIETTA - A RITA has ET the usual alien inserted. I assume an ARIETTA is a short ARIA.
25 Picture the writer’s opposed to, enormously at first (7)
IMAGINE - I'M (the writer's) AGIN, E(normously).
26 White mineral artist found in chest (5)
BORAX - insert RA into BOX. Sodium borate.
27 Like one part of speech attorney recalled, insignificant (9)
ADNOMINAL - DA reversed, NOMINAL = insignificant. It means adjectival, more or less.
28 Army musician, possibly, with sergeant-major in bar (8)
BANDSMAN - BAN = bar, insert AND (with), SM.
29 Unlimited load of French ship entering Black Sea Port (6)
ODESSA - O A = load "unlimited", insert DE (of French) SS (ship).
|1||Little bird caught by peasant after severe upset (8)|
|DABCHICK - BAD (severe) reversed, = DAB, C (caught) HICK (peasant).|
|2||Came about supporting husband dismissed from the plant (3,4)|
|TEA ROSE - AROSE (came about) "supports" T(h)E.|
|3||Diving bird’s culpability, eating most of fruit (9)|
|GUILLEMOT - GUILT eats most of LEMO(N).|
|5||Advance ideas of newspapers mostly about fertilisation (14)|
|PRECONCEPTIONS - insert CONCEPTION into PRES(S).|
|6||Ruth’s mother-in-law’s current grumble going north (5)|
|NAOMI - I (current) MOAN reversed. As in the Bible story.|
|7||Turn up, dropping round initially for church record store (7)|
|ARCHIVE - ARRIVE (turn up) drops an R and gains a CH.|
|8||Deepen colour of chest in study (6)|
|DARKEN - ARK in DEN.|
|9||Novel a Moravian nun originally absorbed happily at sea? (3,3,2,6)|
|OUR MAN IN HAVANA - insert H A (originally Absorbed Happily) into (A MORAVIAN NUN)*.|
|16||Noted assertion of right accepted by fab duke (9)|
|ACCLAIMED - CLAIM (assertion of right) goes into ACE (fab) D(uke).|
|17||Shrub Conservative woman planted across lake (8)|
|CAMELLIA - C, AMELIA has L for lake inserted.|
|19||Old man holding sound-enhancing device — a character! (7)|
|OMICRON - O for old, RON a bloke, has MIC(rophone) inserted. 15th letter of Greek alphabet.|
|21||Customers not exactly silent when screwed (7)|
|CLIENTS - C (circa, not exactly) (SILENT)*.|
|22||British sailors gathering round African tree (6)|
|BAOBAB - B (British) AB AB (sailors), insert O (round).|
|24||Try one’s manipulative procedure in the theatre (5)|
|TAXIS - TAX (try, as in try one's patience) I'S (one's). In surgery taxis means to move bits about without hacking into them. Or in posh medical speak, a manipulative procedure.|