September 12th, 2021

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Mephisto 3184 - Excuse me, Mr Blair.....

As I've said before, I always like a Don Manley puzzle.   The clues are fair, and if you follow the rules you will be rewarded.   In the case of this puzzle, I was able to do most of it without cracking my Chambers, and I had  enough letters to press through to nearly the finish.   It was only a complete brain freeze over the rather obvious lame/lamé, that bought me to a halt.   But the next day, I looked at _A _ E and immediately saw what the answer must be, which enabled me to parse and look up beteeme.   I will have to check a few words as I blog, but there should be nothing very difficult for the experienced Mephisto solver here.

Across
1 Street split in old-fashioned struggle (6)
STRIFT - ST + RIFT.   Might have been strive, but wasn't.
5 Devilish type, individual set up by authority? (6)
IMPONE -  IMP + ONE.
10 Curse action hatched up by intimate friend no longer (11)
CATERCOUSIN -  Anagram of CURSE ACTION.
11 Possibly slam old F1 driver losing power? (4)
ROST - [p]ROST - Alain Prost.
13 Oil wheels that have got dry inside (4)
OTTO -  O(TT)O, an answer well-know to most Mephisto solvers, a variant of attar. 
14 Insects troubled a mother going about work (9)
HOMOPTERA - Anagram of A MOTHER around OP.
15 The one for me could be a ragman! (7)
ANAGRAM -  Anagram of A RAGMAN. 
17 Tiresome person presented with gold dish (6)
PILLAU - PILL + AU.   The tiresome person is a pill because she's hard to swallow.
19 Move nimbly around on wooden support (6)
PINLEG - NIP backwards + LEG. 
20 Roman official wants a food item with no hint of burning (6)
AEDILE - A + EDI[b]LE.
23 Component of building — a terrific entrance (6)
INGATE - IN + GATE. 
27 Thinner mister, bore for entertainment (7)
MEAGRER - M(EAGRE)R.   Every cryptic solver knows an eagre is a tidal bore. 
28 University for one clever and innocent (9)
INGENUOUS - INGEN(-i,+U)OUS, a simple letter- substitution.
30 Sign of appreciation for bananas? (4)
HAND -  Double definition, which I found strangely elusve.
31 Thin plate is weak (4)
LAME -  Double definition, without the acute accent to help.
32 I recited Bible. not the first or last sadly to be destroyer of freedom (11)
LIBERTICIDE - Anagram of I RECITED [b]IBL[e].
33 A son of Jacob in charge of Jewish tradition (6)
AGADIC - A GAD + I.C.
34 Stop that conflict knocking out America (6)
THWART - TH(-a,+WAR)T, substituting a whole word for a letter.
Down
1 Onset of rime, as in April alas, bad for plant (12)
SARSAPARILLA - Anagram of R[ime] + AS IN APRIL ALAS, where alas is NOT an anagram indicator - bad is.
2 Bad guy with nasty scar, US gangster (6)
RASCAL - Anagram of SCAR following the only US gangster, AL.
3 Hat for dame going out, not maiden (6)
FEDORA - Anagram of FOR DA[m]E.
4 Vehicle trade on the upturn (4)
TRAM - MART upside-down in a down clue.
6 Nibbles for Scots politicians — two eggs consumed (5)
MOOPS - M(OO)PS.
7 Locating green activity (7)
PUTTING - Double definition, in entirely different senses.
8 Bony couple of ducks eating grubs finally (6)
OSTEAL - O ([grub}S) + TEAL.   Two very different sorts of ducks.
9 Stop put to bad feeling — intended to eliminate a threat to safety (12)
ENDANGERMENT - END + ANGER + ME]a\NT.
10 More old-fashioned India in trouble (7)
CORNIER - CORN(I)ER.
12 Call to politician to make progress in tricky conditions? (4)
YOMP - YO MP.
16 Allow ancient worker maybe to hold gathering up (7)
BETEEME - BE(MEET upside-down)E.   Ancient goes with allow, not worker.
18 In song archdeacon becomes animated (7)
LIVENED - LI(VEN)ED.
21 Shrine with a bulge, notice, being erected (6)
DAGABA -  A BAG + AD, all upside down.
22 Not all love musical birds (4)
EMUS - Hidden in [lov]E MUS[ical].
24 Led by eccentric aunt, children dance (6)
NAUTCH - Anagram of AUNT + CH.   An Indian dance performed by professional dancing girls.
25 What would be crazy entering zone with English coming out? (6)
ARMADA - AR[e](MAD)A, a neat &lit.
26 Animal god of Hinduism losing tail, gaining one (5)
INDRI - INDR(-a,+I).   I didn't know the animal, it's a monkey.
29 Neglect of old university in America (4)
OMIT - O + MIT.