September 6th, 2021

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QC 1955 by Tracy

I thought this was probably the most challenging quickie I have ever blogged.

I get the feeling that the Monday morning 'ease them into the week gently' effect is even more pronounced for the quickie than for the biggie, but I don't really know because I don't often get around to doing the quickie on the days that I am not blogging, so I don't have much experience of the other days of the week. But from the comments I hear and the general impression I have gained from the Monday puzzles I believe that this is probably the case.

With this offering today I felt that Tracy had turned the heat up just a notch or two, and I look forward to hearing how the rest of you who have more experience of the rest of the week found it. Many thanks anyway to Tracy for what I found to be a more than usually challenging Monday morning.

FOI was the write-in at 6A, and LOI was 10A which also gets my COD.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Campaign politically in pub — uproar follows end of oration (9)
BARNSTORM - BAR (pub) + N (end of oratioN) + STORM (uproar).
6 Graduate packing old long feathery scarf (3)
BOA - BA (graduate) 'packing' O (old).
8 Instrument installed in radio car in advance (7)
OCARINA - hidden word: 'installed in' radiO CAR IN Advance.
9 Girl taking article on board plane (5)
JANET - AN (indefinite article) 'on board' JET (plane).
10 Given to bragging, several employing strange lingo (12)
VAINGLORIOUS - VARIOUS (several) 'employing' INGLO (anagram ('strange') of LINGO).
12 Reportedly standing in line, helping with lines? (6)
CUEING - sounds like (reportedly) QUEUING.
13 Force of lecture on the radio (6)
TORQUE - another homophone, sounds like (on the radio) TALK.
16 Dated American cocktail (3-9)
OLD-FASHIONED - double definition.
19 Highly valued trophy (5)
PRIZE - double definition.
20 Ran site shifting wine (7)
RETSINA - straight anagram ('shifting') of RAN SITE.
22 Deserter's charge reduced (3)
RAT - RATe (charge 'reduced').
23 Fast-growing trees, ideally spread across end of garden facing one (9)
LEYLANDII - anagram ('spread') of IDEALLY 'across' N (end of gardeN) then 'facing' I (one).
Down
1 Punch black and blue (4)
BLOW - B (black) + LOW (blue, as in 'feeling low').
2 All are excited drinking English beer (4,3)
REAL ALE - anagram ('excited') of ALL ARE 'drinking' E (English).
3 Short hop for runner? (3)
SKI - SKIp (hop) shortened.
4 Old people going round large shrine (6)
ORACLE - O (old) + RACE (people) 'going round' L (large).
5 Chief butler in rank bad mood (5-4)
MAJOR-DOMO - MAJOR (rank) + DOMO (anagram ('bad') of MOOD).
6 Bishop elected to move house (5)
BINGO - B (bishop) + IN (elected) + GO (to move). HOUSE here in the sense of the alternative exclamation to BINGO when you have filled your card.
7 One who may paint European performer (7)
ARTISTE - ARTIST (one who may paint) + E (European).
11 Wrought iron panel beyond compare (9)
NONPAREIL - straight anagram ('wrought') of IRON PANEL.
12 Police officer bagging husband's axe (7)
CHOPPER - COPPER (police officer) 'bagging' H.
14 Asked about queen, awfully erudite, taking time out (7)
QUERIED - Q (queen) + anagram ('awfully') of ERUDItE, taking T (time) out.
15 Slip up during attempt to produce a fortified wine (6)
SHERRY - ERR (slip up) 'during' SHY (attempt).
17 Current doctor, frightfully fit (5)
DRIFT - DR (doctor) + anagram ('frightfully') of FIT.
18 Prepare to take off in cab (4)
TAXI - double definition.
21 Drink in private afterwards (3)
TEA - hidden word: 'in' privaTE Afterwards.
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Times 28075 - A, B, C, D, F or G!

Music: Keith Jarrett, Fort Yawul
Time: 18 minutes

We are back to easy Monday, but there are a couple of places where it would be easy to biff too readily and make a mistake.   Good times will definitely roll, but so will the frustrating pink squares.   For this reason, I check my work carefully and let the personal bests fall as they may. 

Unlike some puzzles I could mention, we have no obscure vocabulary here, and a fair number of clues that seem rather familiar.   I didn't bother to parse obvioius answers like oftentimes and protractor, so now I have to try to explain them. 

Across
1 From Africa, therefore African (8)
SOMALIAN - SO + MALIAN, a chestnut.
5 Lively musical about entertaining clubs (6)
ACTIVE -  EVIT(C)A backwards.
8 Fool to go by, scratching head (3)
ASS - [p]ASS.
9 Frequently related to XX? (10)
OFTENTIMES - OF TEN TIMES.
10 Figure that man panics primarily with game showing (8)
HEPTAGON - HE + P[anics] + TAG ON.
11 Ostler regularly follows shy creature (6)
COYOTE - COY + O[s]T[l]E[r].
12 Part of musical series, apparently one short? (4)
NOTE - NOT E.
14 Jumper's attachment stuck around back of wardrobe — gosh! (6,4)
BUNGEE CORD - BUNGE([wardrob[E], COR)D.
17 Large beers toff unwrapped during American garden event (5,2,3)
YARDS OF ALE - YARD S([t]OF[f])ALE, where garden is used in the British sense.
20 Ruler from European border heading West (4)
EMIR - E + RIM.
23 Chicken was bothered by son (6)
SCARED - S + CARED.
24 Working with much smaller stuff than a note-checker covers (8)
NANOTECH - hidden in [tha]N A NOTE CH[ecker].
25 What might give an obtuse result? (10)
PROTRACTOR - A cryptic definition, I think.
26 Verbally thanks sailor (3)
TAR - Sounds like TA to non-rhotic folk.
27 Broadcaster admitting joke is courageous (6)
SPUNKY - S(PUN)KY.
28 Newsman I sent back around unknown UK region (8)
TYNESIDE - ED I SEN(Y)T backwards. 
Down
1 Song from upcoming prog band receiving a negative response (3,6)
SEA SHANTY -  SE(A SHANT)Y, where the enclosing letters are Yes upside-down.
2 Raucous area found by knocking shop in US university (4,3)
MOSH PIT - M(anagram of shop)IT.
3 A halfwit lifted hotel sponge (6)
LOOFAH - A FOOL upside-down + H.
4 RAF tutors bombing surface (9)
ASTROTURF - Anagram of RAF TUTORS.
5 Help for presenter in traffic jam, we hear? (7)
AUTOCUE - Sounds like AUTO QUEUE.
6 My chum ate frantically, and got this? (5,4)
TUMMY ACHE - Anagram of MY CHUM ATE.
7 Sunshade worn by Italian tourist (7)
VISITOR - VIS(IT)OR.
13 I wondered about feathers (9)
EIDERDOWN - Anagram of I WONDERED.
15 Courage of everyone in supporting construction (9)
GALLANTRY - G(ALL)ANTRY. 
16 Black Beauty's unexpected success? (4,5)
DARK HORSE - Double definition, one alluding to a well-known book
18 A hack drinking policeman's drink (7)
ALCOPOP - A L(COP)OP.
19 Assistant, say, for a general tidy (7)
ORDERLY - Double definition.
21 Composers butcher Artemis (7)
MAESTRI - Anagram of Artemis.    Maestri are more usually conductors.
22 Cheerios returned, disregarding church gathering (6)
SOIREE - [ch]EERIOS upside-down.