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Times 27403 - Back to the Ormond Hotel!

Time: 75 minutes
Music: Art Farmer, Foolish Memories

As you can imagine, I was not exactly on the wavelength here.   In fact, when I finished, I was surprised I had only taken 75 minutes - it had seemed like I struggled forever.   In this sort of puzzle, if you can't any crossing letters, you'll have  a hard time biffing the answers and then working out the convoluted cryptics.   That's my excuse, anyway.

One interesting point about this puzzle is that it is anchored, at 1 down and 25 down, with clues that play on a word which is actually two entirely differently words with separate etymologies and meanings: 'host' and 'boss'.  With 'host', the Latin 'hostis' leads to the word that means an army or large group, while Middle French 'hospites' supplies the word that means an innkeeper or a TV personality.   Similary, the 'boss' who gives orders at work comes from the Middle Dutch 'baes', while the stud at the center of the shield comes from Middle English 'boce'.    As is typical in languages, the commoner word tends to take over in ordinary speech.

Across
1 Piece of evidence vital, barrister reviewed case (8)
ABLATIVE - backwards hidden in [evidenc]E VITAL BA[rrister]
5 Briefly observe man in hat (6)
CLOCHE - CLOC[k] + HE.   My LOI, despite the running jokes from Ulysses..
10 Force contained, one calmer? (9)
METHADONE - MET + HAD + ONE, where Met refers to the police force, not the weathermen, or the opera house, or the museum.
11 Bombardment, after withdrawal of artillery, lighter perhaps? (5)
BARGE - BAR[ra]GE, where you need to consider the possible meanings of 'lighter'.
12 Long throw has opener dismissed (4)
ITCH - [p]ITCH.   Pitching is more common than bowling in the US, so a write-in for me.
13 Undertake urban regeneration programme? Fraudulent practice (9)
MENDACITY - MEND A CITY, of course.
15 Packing case shortly, soldier heading for old South American city (10)
VALPARAISO - VAL(PARA)IS[e] + O.   I had a hard time parsing  this and then didn't think it was correct, because Valparaiso is in Indiana, right?   I supposed there must be others, and besides the three in the US there seem to be four or five in South America.
17 Party hit (4)
BASH - Double defintion.
19 Between two rivers, what was that German region? (4)
RUHR - R(UH?)R. 
20 Marvel when one starts to hit problems in retirement, and soldiers on (10)
PHENOMENON - ONE + H[it] P[roblems} backwards + MEN ON.   Since this is just the passive participle of φαίνω, 'appear',  the sense of something unusual or spectacular was a later addition.
22 Container, and bags for pets (9)
CANOODLES - CAN + OODLES, with a surprise synonym for 'bags'.
24 Curious leader in parliamentary seat (4)
RUMP - RUM + P[arliamentary].   No extra points if you immediately think of the Long Parliament.
26 Boarding towards rear of ship, look up (5)
ALOFT - A(LO)FT, where you must lift and separte 'look up'.
27 Soothing heart of fellow, time one loosened bandages (9)
EMOLLIENT - anagram of TIME ONE around [fe]LL[ow]. 
28 Hat fitter making an adjustment (6)
TITFER - Anagram of FITTER, some CRS for you.
29 Within plant, circuits failed again (8)
RELAPSED - RE(LAPS)ED.
Down
1 Host, daft going topless (4)
ARMY - [b]ARMY.
2 Don't take the washing in, have some fun! (3,2,3,4,3)
LET IT ALL HANG OUT - double definition, one jocular.
3 Having abandoned parking, chap later travelling on the tube? (8)
TRACHEAL - anagram of CHA[p] LATER.
4 Rev’s sound study, maybe, in support of vicar at first (5)
VROOM - V[icar] + ROOM.
6 African in old party, rather upstanding (6)
LIBYAN - LIB + NAY upside-down.   I wanted to put 'Nubian' but it didn't parse.   IS the Liberal Party really obsolete?
7 Figures, perhaps, in red book (8,7)
CARDINAL NUMBERS - CARDINAL + NUMBERS, as in the book of the Bible.
8 All, for example, hairline fractures? (10)
EVERYTHING - E(VERY THIN)G.
9 Poet: meddlesome man finally getting up after mid-morning? (8)
TENNYSON - TEN  + NOSY + [ma]N pside-down.
14 Country squire originally wearing creamy-white jacket? (5,5)
IVORY COAST - IVORY COA(S[quire])T.
16 Rise in winners for Greek hero (8)
ACHILLES - AC(HILL)ES.   Yes, I wasted a lot of time with 'tor'.
18 Requirement for the wet blanket (8)
UMBRELLA - double defintion, as in an umbrella policy.
21 Spirit one's necked (6)
BOTTLE - double definition, scarcely cryptic.
23 Music centre: last of records on it (5)
SCORE - [record]S + CORE.
25 Boss is a virile chap (4)
STUD - double definition.
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