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Sunday Times 4860 by Robert Price

23.32. I’m on holiday this week, so will keep it brief. I found this puzzle quite hard, but a lot of fun to solve.

Definitions are underlined, anagrams indicated like (TIHS)*, anagram indicators are in italics.





Across
1 Gelding coming from shed to allotment
CASTRATION - CAST, RATION. A snake can be said to CAST its skin.
6 Short period without a female companion
STAG - STAGe.
9 A composer’s decision to avoid court
VERDI - VERDIct.
10 In video, a Sixties film originally has become clearer
TAKE SHAPE - T(A, KES, Has)APE. I struggled a bit with this one: I could see TAKE SHAPE fitted the definition but it took me ages to see how the wordplay worked.
12 Meet with us and get hammered?
WEST HAM UNITED - (MEET WITH US AND)*. &Lit. West Ham are known as the Hammers.
14 A lot is happening to garden tools
IN SPADES - IN (trendy, happening), SPADES.
15 Country vegetable, never ever thrown away
SWEDEN - SWEDE (or rutabaga as it’s known in North America), Never. Another where the wordplay eluded me for a while.
17 Execution site brought back large stake
GIBBET - reversal of BIG, BET.
19 Appearances of rock groups put on abroad
OUTCROPS - OUT (abroad), CROPS. I hesitated over this because I thought ‘groups’ was a bit loose for CROPS, but it’s there in expressions like ‘the current crop of politicians is profoundly depressing.’
21 Eco-friendly rabble I goaded to riot
BIODEGRADABLE - (RABBLE I GOADED)*.
24 Prisoner’s honest, witness finally explains
CONSTRUES - CON’S, TRUE, witnesS.
25 Where mourners might be attentive
AWAKE - or A WAKE.
26 Spring arrest
STEM - DD.
27 Wrong about herb with duck after mushroom turnover
PECCADILLO - CA (about), DILL, O after a reversal of CEP (mushroom).

Down
1 Hoover up a drink
CAVA - reversal of VAC, A.
2 Goes slowly after son carelessly dashes off
SCRAWLS - S, CRAWLS.
3 Recalling testimony, under control
REINSTATEMENT - REIN (control), STATEMENT (testimony). A football player might be recalled/reinstated to a team after being dropped.
4 Row about high tech becomes more peevish
TETCHIER - TIER (row) containing (TECH)*.
5 Ropy stuff for sealing wood, I’m thinking
OAKUM - OAK, UM. ‘Loose fibre obtained by untwisting old rope, used especially in caulking wooden ships’, ‘caulk’ being a ‘waterproof filler and sealant, used in building work and repairs.’ A rather obscure word I have learned from crosswords.
7 How soldiers might be saluted
TOASTED - the secondary definition refers to the kind of soldiers you dip in a boiled egg.
8 Rocky edge with Sirens being rapacious
GREEDINESS - (EDGE SIRENS)*.
11 Ads for carrier go on to support submarine?
SANDWICH BOARD - BOARD (go on) underneath SANDWICH, of which a submarine or sub is a variety.
13 On foot, little one promotes rides from friends
PIGGYBACKS - PIGGY (the little toe), BACKS (promotes).
16 Wrongly accused Liberal’s entered Downing Street perhaps
CUL-DE-SAC - L contained in (ACCUSED)*.
18 Cheese stores have cake
BROWNIE - BR(OWN)IE.
20 More than a couple of lines in total
OVERALL - OVER (more than) A, LL.
22 After defeat, evil leader gives way
ROUTE - ROUT, Evil.
23 Turn down a little love token
VETO - contained in ‘love token’.
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