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I made rather a dog’s brexit of this one, badly mis-entering 5d and thus rendering 13ac as vaguely plausible AMNESTY and making 6d impossible.  Dozing off didn’t help this fluffery, so a not-difficult crossword stretched me to 27.31 to reach a satisfactory conclusion. 1ac I parsed post-submission, and would probably have left it to the blogger du jour if it wasn’t me. I was rather blind to the lettuce leaves at 26d and entered with fingers crossed.
It’s notable for some of the more straightforward anagram clues scattered through the grid
Clues are in italics, definitions in underlined italics, and solutions in BOLD CAPITALS.



Across
1 Officer's co-worker decorated in famous Venetian building at last (6,3)
POLICE DOG Right. Your famous Venetian is (Marco) POLO, insert ICED for decorated and at the last letter of buildinG
9 Secret affair left couple holding a child (7)
LIAISON L(eft) II, Roman for couple, with A held therein and SON for child.
10 Organise AGM, or be subject to ban (7)
EMBARGO “Organise” practically screams “anagram!” Fiddle with the next few letters (AGM OR BE) and get the name of the apocryphal brassiere that was taken off the market when they realised how it read when reflected.
11 Alluring female is short of shilling after time (5)
HOURI  One of the rewards for the faithful in Moslem paradise, IS without S(hilling)  after an HOUR of time.
12 Working girl has an ideal place to live (7-2)
SHANGRI-LA Working suggests (in a barely less stentorian voice) “anagram!”. Muck about with the letters GIRL HAS AN. The earthly paradise imagined by James Hilton in “Lost Horizon”.
13 Humility means transcending yourself, primarily (7)
MODESTY I think MODES just about translates means, ways to an end. Whatever, add TY, the first letters of the next two words.
15 Adjutant returned after month for papers etc (5)
MEDIA The adjutant is an AIDE, reversed after M for Month
17 Sheepish male with drug, pursuing fine physique (5)
FRAME The sheepish male is, of course, a RAM, add today’s drug of choice E, and tack both onto F(fine)
18 Division of gas producer changing hands (5)
SHARE The gas producer is the controversial SHALE, changing hands means the L becomes an R
19 Give birth with anguished cry? (5)
WHELP I thought this was a double definition, but it’s the sneaky W(ith) plus a cry of HELP!
20 Don't drink tar and varnish! (7)
ABSTAIN AB for tar, both seamen, and STAIN for varnish
23 Most unjust if nature's destroyed (9)
UNFAIREST “Destroyed” is this clue’s merest hint of anagram, this time of IF NATURE’S
25 Run home with rogue (5)
INCUR I think run as in “run a tab” at the bar, thus incurring costs. At home IN, rogue supplying CUR
27 Turned to use backless cooker, perhaps explosive (7)
APPLIED The backless cooker iis an APPLE without the E, and the explosive an Improvised Explosive Device
28 Develop case of gangrene, say (7)
GESTATE The case of gangrene yields the G and E the rest provided by say: STATE
29 Figure on plane reportedly demolished fish (9)
RECTANGLE Sounds like wrecked plus ANGLE for the verb, fish



Down
1 People, as ever, welcoming polite word (6)
PLEASE Today’s hidden. I’ll leave you to spot it...well done!
2 Larkin and colleagues tease liars in bar (10)
LIBRARIANS “Tease” stage whispers “anagram!” Reorder LIARS IN BAR Philip Larkin (“They f*** you up, your mum and dad) was a custodian of books at the University of Hull
3 Perhaps hare after eccentric old maid? (4,4)
CARD GAME Of which “Old Maid” is an example. A CARD is an eccentric person. And a hare counts amongst GAME for the huntin’ shootin’ set.
4 Policeman seizing stolen loincloth (5)
DHOTI Most famously worn by Gandhi Ji. Today’s policeman is a Detective Inspector, who takes HOT for stolen on board.
5 Feed a friend too much salt (9)
GLUTAMATE Feed too much GLUT, A for a, MATE for friend
6 Hit piece of furniture, gathering dust (6)
BASHED The furniture is a BED, the gathered dust is ASH
7 Rebecca's son oddly ignoring new status (4)
ESAU Was the hairy one of Jacob’s favourite missus’ twin boys. Ignore the odd letters of nEw StAtUs
8 The setter writes to support worker, contrary sort (8)
ANTITYPE  Translate “the setter writes” to “I TYPE” and tack on the worker ANT
14 Condemned English art, laying it on thick (10)
SLATHERING Not the nasty house in Harry Potter, but an anagram of ENGLISH ART signalled in a meaningful whisper by “condemned”
16 One shunning less stylish nursing sister in Oz? (4,5)
DOWN UNDER Less stylish is DOWDIER, which I (one) shuns and is replaced a little earlier with NUN for sister
17 Wretched old bird (8)
FLAMINGO Wretched is represented by FLAMING, a milder emphatic swear word than others beginning with F. Old just donates the concluding O
18 Leave gym with initially accelerated pulse (5-3)
SPLIT-PEA Oddly enough, my version of Chambers offers only the plural version with no hyphen. Leave is SPLIT (as in the joint), gym is PE and A the first letter of Accelerated
21 Ethereal and extremely attractive hideaway seen from the south (6)
AERIAL The two extremes of AttractivE plus LAIR for hideaway reversed
22 Perhaps Dorothy's served up heavy food (6)
STODGE Perhaps gives EG, and Dorothy’s short version is DOT’S Reverse all
24 Head of Finance sped about Swiss capital (5)
FRANC Head of Finance F, sped: RAN, about (more often ca) C
26 Leaves hotel for club (4)
COSH Leaves as in lettuce leaves COS plus Nato H(otel)

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kevingregg
Apr. 25th, 2019 02:30 am (UTC)
11:23
I did this in a hurry, with a doctor's appointment waiting, but fortunately it wasn't too challenging. I did biff POLICE DOG and DOWN UNDER, solving post-submission. The latter was rather clever. For me, 'flaming' goes with 'queen', and isn't a substitute for effing, so I was left wondering about 17d. Didn't get 'cooker', thinking only of the stove kind, even when I thought of APPLE, yet. I thought of 'run' as in 'run a risk'.

Edited at 2019-04-25 05:25 am (UTC)
keriothe
Apr. 25th, 2019 06:49 am (UTC)
Re: 11:23
'Run a risk' is the first example given in Collins under definition 24: 'to be subjected to, be affected by, or incur'.

Edited at 2019-04-25 06:50 am (UTC)
Re: 11:23 - z8b8d8k - Apr. 25th, 2019 08:07 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: 11:23 - keriothe - Apr. 25th, 2019 09:19 am (UTC) - Expand
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vinyl1
Apr. 25th, 2019 03:04 am (UTC)
Solved without understanding too much in 34 minutes
The police doge is what they have in Venice, right? And doesn't everyone yell 'whelp'? Well, all the answers were correct; I had my doubts about 'stodge', although 'stodgy' must come from somewhere.
kevingregg
Apr. 25th, 2019 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: Solved without understanding too much in 34 minutes
We had STODGE a while back, which is how I learned it; and the association with Filboid Studge has kept it alive for me.
stodge - oliviarhinebeck - Apr. 25th, 2019 01:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: stodge - gothick_matt - Apr. 25th, 2019 03:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
jackkt
Apr. 25th, 2019 04:52 am (UTC)
Much of this went in quite easily but I struggled with the remainder and eventually ran out of energy and resorted to aids for my LOI, SLATHERING, which to be honest I'm not sure I have ever seen before. Of course if I'd spotted 'condemned' as an anagrind I would surely have arrived at it.

I start to lose interest in a puzzle if I have a trail of unparsed answers in my wake and there were already three today with AERIAL (unknown def needing to be checked) and INCUR and APPLIED (both biffed). Also my solving time for the bulk of the puzzle was well on its way to being doubled by the tailenders.

Edited at 2019-04-25 04:53 am (UTC)
sotira
Apr. 25th, 2019 05:34 am (UTC)
15:52 … some ingenious and entertaining clues, methunk, with some extra thinking needed at the end for SHARE and APPLIED before the pennies dropped.

COD to SHANGRI-LA for that brilliant surface.
gothick_matt
Apr. 25th, 2019 06:43 am (UTC)
28 minutes for moi—it's not often I come close to a blogger's time, so thanks for the fluffery, Z!

FOI 1a POLICE DOG and then fairly straightforward, though I always seem to spend longer on the bottom half than the top, even when I'm on the wavelength. LOI 27a APPLIED, with most of the time spent figuring out its parsing so I could be sure my guess was right. Enjoyed 20a's surface, 29's homophone and definition, and the charming 17d FLAMINGO.
keriothe
Apr. 25th, 2019 06:54 am (UTC)
11:20. I had put LAIISON and didn't notice for a while so wasted a couple of minutes trying to justify BISHED at 6dn.
A couple of unknowns today and some words I only know from doing these things: HOURI and DHOTI for instance.
martinp1
Apr. 25th, 2019 06:56 am (UTC)
37m 20s
I did like the idea of " cooker, perhaps" being an apple. I also wondered if 18ac might be one of our old friend Val's double helixes but "division" did seem to be the sought after definition.
I once stayed at a Swiss-owned hotel in Doha and noticed that the currency board on the reception desk referred to the "Swiss Frank"!
myrtilus000
Apr. 25th, 2019 07:38 am (UTC)
'Cosh I love you sho', the people ask me how...
35 mins. And I Gestate yoghurt and granola.
I liked it but did have a couple of MERs: Ok, you can run a risk and you can run up debts, but my eyebrow twitched. The other was whether typing is the same as writing. Does an author write a book or the person who types it? As I write this, am I writing it or typing it. Hmmm, I sense a petard hoisting situation.
Thanks setter and Z.
jerrywh
Apr. 25th, 2019 08:14 am (UTC)
Re: 'Cosh I love you sho', the people ask me how...
I think that is why they call it a type writer, M ...
jerrywh
Apr. 25th, 2019 08:17 am (UTC)
Good, solid middle-of-road stuff today, nothing too challenging although I had to solve 27ac without knowing what an IED was - sounds like a contraceptive device - and without managing to equate COS with leaves, salad always a bit of a blind spot for me.
boltonwanderer
Apr. 25th, 2019 08:31 am (UTC)
I saw Esau sitting on a seesaw
26 minutes with LOI SLATHERING. FOI was POLICE DOG. I reached APPLIED erroneously, without thinking of using a Bramley Apple. The cooker was an APPL(iance)) to which the improvised explosive device was attached. It was cooking a Baked Alaska Bombe. COD to SHANGRI-LA. I enjoyed the Monosodium GLUTAMATE too. Enjoyable enough.Thank you Z and setter
bletchleyreject
Apr. 25th, 2019 08:32 am (UTC)
I wondered what 'atrial' had to do with 'Ethereal'. Nothing at all it seems. Otherwise I spent too long on COSH, getting mentally stuck on 'cha' for 'leaves' and had no idea how APPLIED worked, trying to fit in 'appli{ance} somehow.

Nice to see the (probably unintended) nod to Anzac Day in 16d.

A DNF in 52 minutes.

Thanks to setter and blogger
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2019 08:33 am (UTC)
Larkin about
A rare under 15 minutes for Meldrew.

FOI 7dn ESAU
LOI 18ac SHARE
COD 2dn LIBRARIANS
WOD 14dn SLATHERING

Many thanks to Barnes Commoners, Messrs. Holmes & Keeble for their endearing support.

horryd East Molesey.

pipkirby
Apr. 25th, 2019 08:53 am (UTC)
25 minutes, 21d my LOI, with a MER for aerial equalling ethereal. Also not keen on flaming in that sense but the bird was clear enough. Mrs K says in Lancashire you slather butter on bread.
topicaltim
Apr. 25th, 2019 09:12 am (UTC)
08:39
Pleasing and workmanlike puzzle, though with one or two which needed some confirmatory unpicking post-biff, such as APPLIED and POLICE DOG. DHOTI is on my list of Words to Remember, mostly to stop me getting it confused with DHOBI, which has happened before, though happily not possible with this wordplay.
jerrywh
Apr. 25th, 2019 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: 08:39
2,000 years of Indian civilisation has resulted in me knowing dhoti, lathi, amah and bungalow. And I'm not sure about amahs.
pserve_p2
Apr. 25th, 2019 09:32 am (UTC)
A pleasing 25 mins for me. I also had a MER at run=INCUR, but I suppose 'run a tab' would just about work. I really liked the surface and the neatness of 9a LIAISON, so it's my COD. I saw PLEASE as a possibility for the 'polite word' but could not for the life of me get the clue to parse, so I left it until the very end -- thanks for pointing out the flaming obvious, Z. I found the vocabulary range here very pleasing: I liked the mix of vernacular (SLATHERING, STODGE), learned (GESTATE, AERIAL) and exotic (DHOTI, HOURI).
I have never heard of James Hilton, nor his 'Lost Horizon'. But the 23 million house names attached to suburban bungalows meant this paradise home was a write-in.
Thanks to the setter and to our blogger today.
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