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Mephisto 3049 - Don Manley

I made a pretty quick start on this but somehow got convinced that TAIAHA was not only a bird, which it is not, but fitted the wordplay at 21 down, which it certainly does not. Chalk it up to a big brain day for me!

Definitions can be confirmed in Chambers, and are generally not going to be explained. The first definition is underlined in each clue.

Away we go...

Across
1 Latin-American in USA cutting his grass (5)
PANIC - HISPANIC(Latin-American in USA) missing HIS. Second definition of GRASS in Chambers
5 Chief servant of explorer down under keeping quiet (7)
TAPSMAN - Abel TASMAN(explorer down under) containing P(quiet)
10 Element of sung Mass needs change — Latin omitted, American included (6)
EVOVAE - EVOLVE(change) with the L(Latin) removed, and A(american) inserted
11 The weather, listener admitted, is frightening (6)
SKEARY - SKY(the weather) containing EAR(listener)
12 Dublin’s crossword compiler? A dog! (11, two words)
IRISH SETTER - A crossword compiler in Dublin could be an IRISH SETTER
13 Essay don constructed about epic poem (8)
ODYSSEAN - anagram of ESSAY,DON
16 Plant with burs left in shelter (5)
CLOTE - L(left) in COTE(shelter)
17 Whole performance attracting little interest at first (6)
INTACT - ACT(performance) with INT(interest) before
18 Women beset by coldness of manner and fustiness (6)
FROWST - W(women) in FROST(coldness of manner)
20 Idler to gossip, therefore kept on the outside (6)
STALKO - TALK(gossip) with SO(therefore) surrounding it
23 One contemplating acquiring a rifle (6)
MAUSER - MUSER(one contemplting) containing A
26 This writer’s seen going around in brown fabric (5)
TAMIN - I'M(this writer's), reversed inside TAN(brown)
29 A supreme newly built temple (8)
SERAPEUM - anagram of A,SUPREME
30 Greasy stuff gets a young animal stuck in channel (11, two words)
GALAM BUTTER - A, LAMB(young animal) inside GUTTER(channel)
31 Good Swiss writer — rough judgement being “rarely read these days” (6)
GHESSE - G(good) then Herman HESSE, author of Steppenwolf amongst others. I had thought he was German but although he was born in Germany he lived much of his life in Switzerland
32 Silly person had briefly to be treated with medicated cloth once (6)
STUPED - STUPE(silly person), 'D
33 Black deer spotted in Scottish town (7)
JETHART - JET(black), HART(deer). A Gaelic term for JEDBURGH
34 Perform somersaults in river? A farce (5)
EXODE - DO(perform) reversed inside the river EXE

Down
1 Patronise silly supporter of former South American president (9)
PERONISTA - anagram of PATRONISE
2 Protein I had detected in a French wine (6)
AVIDIN - I'D(I had) inside A, VIN(French wine)
3 And also not wanting whisky — not needing to drink it (6, two words)
NOR YET - RYE(whisky) inside NOT
4 Strutting leader, idiot in that long garment (7)
CASSOCK - COCK(strutting leader) containing ASS(idiot)
5 The man wears casual shirt, making one chuckle (5)
TEHEE - HE(the man) inside a TEE shirt
6 Like, for instance, a metallurgical test (5)
ASSAY - AS(like), SAY(for instance)
7 Bristly clique of upper-class types, almost all bad (8)
SETULOUS - SET(clique), U(upper-class types), then LOUS(y) (bad)
8 One sailor and another endlessly depressed (6)
MATLOW - MAT(e) (sailor) LOW(depressed)
9 Old-fashioned awards as special treats (6)
ARETTS - anagram of TREATS
14 Antiseptic medic tries out, without sulphur content (9)
CETRIMIDE - anagram of MEDIC,TRIES without S(sulphur)
15 Fatty substance, as is evident in spiritual leader (8)
CALIPASH - AS inside CALIPH(spiritual leader)
19 Move to join another plane offering speed for carrying flyer (7)
RABATTE - RATE(speed) containin BAT(flyer) - a geometric plane
21 Suppressing exclamation of surprise, capture a rare bird (6)
TAKAHE - AH(expression of surprise) inside TAKE(capture)
22 Charm of a stubborn person taking time (6)
AMULET - A, MULE(stubborn person), T(time)
24 Hopes possibly to pen ewe finally? (6)
SHEEPO - anagram of HOPES containing the last letter of ewE... and all-in-one clue where the wordplay is also the definition of an Australian sheep herder
25 A Parisian female upset and embarrassed must be toughened up (6)
ENURED - UNE(one, in French) reversed, then RED(embarrassed)
27 Computer network used with little hesitation in physics unit (5)
WEBER - WEB(computer network) ER(little hesitation). The unit of magnetic flux
28 Female to deteriorate a bit once (5)
FRUST - F(female), next to RUST(deteriorate)

Comments

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philjordan
Feb. 10th, 2019 07:11 am (UTC)
What's the opposite of a Biff ?
Fifteen clues here were solved by cracking the surface to work out unknown words (eg CALIPASH, GALAM BUTTER, AVIDIN).

I only used aids for SERAPEUM and MATLOW, having entered the latter as"matelo", which held me up with FROWST.

Avoid biffing "slacko". All done in one session of 58 minutes.
kevingregg
Feb. 10th, 2019 09:35 am (UTC)
What's the opposite of a Biff ?
A solve? All done in 58 minutes? It's people like you what cause unrest.
dorsetjimbo
Feb. 10th, 2019 10:52 am (UTC)
I found this on the easier side of the spectrum with no real problems or hold ups.
johninterred
Feb. 10th, 2019 11:27 am (UTC)
Completed this in just over an hour without aids, other than my Chambers dictionary, which was very satisfying... so it must be on the easy side. Unlike today's!
vinyl1
Feb. 10th, 2019 01:53 pm (UTC)
Completed without book....
...and all correct! This is the third time I've had an all correct solution without the use of reference books.

I'll admit, I wasn't that confident. The 'serapeum' could very easily have been the 'peraseum'. But I vaguely remember 'Serapis', so I thought that was the more likely answer.
paulmcl
Feb. 10th, 2019 11:46 pm (UTC)
I think at 30 across you mean LAMB to be the young animal, not RAM (which is neither a young animal, nor leading to the right answer)
glheard
Feb. 11th, 2019 12:50 am (UTC)
whoops, ta. two letters right out of four is pretty good for me. Will amend.
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