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Times 27367 - Lenehan again

Time: 19 minutes
Music: Bruckner, Symphony 4, Mehta/LAPO

Another easy Monday, although without the chestnuts.   If you deploy stock cryptic elements as directed, you will arrive at the answer quite quickly.   So, although not a hard puzzle, at least a high-quality one.    I expect some quick times from the usual crew, so without further ado....

P.S. As I wrote the blog, I was surprised at how few literals are a single word.   While some puzzles hide their literals in quasi-kennings, as we saw in Friday's edition, generally speaking longer literals make it much easier to dissect a clue.   Which is probably why everyone was able to solve this puzzle so quickly.

Across
1 Report of one throwing in part of game? (6)
CHUKKA - Sounds like 'chucker', if you are a non-rhotic speaker.   This is the one word that some solvers might not know.
4 Donkey joins minister in church, provoking big split (8)
CREVASSE - C(REV ASS)E, all standard cryptic elements.
10 Like part of viewer’s money invested in Madrid team (7)
RETINAL - RE(TIN)AL.
11 Increased payment announced for fertiliser (7)
NITRATE - sounds like 'night rate', when presumably the pay is higher.
12 Voice disapproval of Republican oik (4)
BOOR - BOO + R[epublican].
13 Militant greenie backing French king after dreadful race row (3-7)
ECO-WARRIOR - anagram of RACE ROW followed by ROI backwards.
15 Protective coat a Parisian youth put back round tongue? (9)
UNDERSEAL - UN D(ERSE)AL, i.e. LAD backwards.
16 Distinguished Muslim reversed interdiction binding Washington (5)
NAWAB - NA(WA)B, with BAN backwards.
18 Hospital thanks bringer of gifts (5)
SANTA - SAN + TA.
19 Staying power of English knight Mussolini managed to get imprisoned (9)
ENDURANCE - E + N DU(RAN)CE.
21 Like Quisling’s characteristics taking in men in Britain or in France (10)
TRAITOROUS - TRAIT(OR,OU)S.   I like the 'men' in Britain, but 'or' in France, a typical devious crytpic construction.
23 Unspecified doctrines revealed in one’s writing (4)
ISMS - I'S MS.
26 Diamond thief initially stole entering Arctic vessel (7)
ICEBOAT - ICE + BOA + T[hief]
27 One with pride in French art inspired by celebrities (7)
LIONESS - LION(ES)S. Tu es = thou art.
28 Aim to give up action on pitch (4,4)
GOAL KICK - GOAL + KICK, in entirely different senses.
29 Aristocracy’s grand record (6)
GENTRY - G + ENTRY.   A bit loose; anyone familiar with 17th century history would know that the gentry and the aristocracy were two distinct and competing groups, whose divergent interests led to the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution.
Down
1 Native American’s article read in bed (5)
CARIB - C(A)RIB.   I couldn't make any sense of 'read', and eventually just put in the obvious answer.
2 Description of virgin territory don turned out (9)
UNTRODDEN - anagram of DON TURNED.
3 English architect and landscape gardener known in Scotland (4)
KENT - double definition, a fellow I had never heard of, but easily gettable.
5 Replacement of kidney we set up internally (7)
RENEWAL - RE(N(WE backwards)AL.
6 Like some surgeons in navy, retire unhappily (10)
VETERINARY - anagram of NAVY, RETIRE.
7 How to address Hindu dignitary in the morning in Westminster? (5)
SWAMI - SW(AM)I, where thst postcode of Westminster is presumably SW1.
8 Abhorrent former City mob dismissing head of bank (9)
EXECRABLE - EX + EC + RAB[b]LE.
9 Hat that’s extremely comfortable crossing northern lake (6)
CLOCHE - C(LOCH)E, where the enclosing letters come from C[omfortabl]E.
14 Fortification originally recognised in magnum opus, do we hear? (10)
BREASTWORK - sounds like B(R[ecognized]EST WORK.  I've never seen the insertion of a letter into a homonym before, but the answer is quite obvious. Let me give this one another try.   It's a three-step clue.   Think of a word that means MAGNUM OPUS, which is BEST WORK.   Now put an R in it, giving BREST WORK.   Now think of a word that sounds like that, giving BREASTWORK.   Of course, if you are familiar with the classic fortifications that every 17th-century military theorist described, the answer should be obvious and biffable.
15 Disturbing, being out of bed doing my job? (9)
UPSETTING - UP SETTING.
17 Detective shed tears after a lot of drink, having dishevelled look (9)
WINDSWEPT - WIN[e] + D.S. + WEPT.
19 Capricious fellow concealing deserter (7)
ERRATIC - ER(RAT)IC, one of our favorite fellows, along with Ted and Al.
20 Hand-out covering upper-class bachelor’s drink (6)
DOUBLE - DO(U, B)LE.
22 Live on cape overlooking a palm-tree (5)
ARECA - ARE + C + A, a native of American crosswords.
24 Cheeky American, for example, grabbing seconds (5)
SASSY -  SA(SS)Y
25 Part in this way, missing ex at first (4)
SOME - SO + M[issing] E[x].
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