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Times 27559 - How about starting with a trilobite?

Time: 21 minutes
Music: Mozart, Piano Sonatas, Eschenbach.

The easy Monday puzzle is back, and if I had correctly identified the literals of a few of the clues in the NW I would have had a very good time.  Unfortunately, I struggled a little at the end, after racing through most of the puzzle in about ten minutes.   'Cambrian', 'busking', and 'anagrams' were the ones that gave trouble, but they fell quickly once I got the first one.

I had a little trouble working on a new computer, so I ended up typing in the across section twice.   It's all good now....I hope!

Across
1 Eccentric chap, a Welshman (8)
CAMBRIAN - CAM + BRIAN.   Is Ian a Welshman?   No!
6 Stout Russian teacher originally in old college (6)
PORTLY - PO(R[ussian] T[eacher])LY
9 So hard entering union circles, ultimately! (4)
THUS - T(H)U + [circle]S.
10 Disparager’s bad name sons endure (10)
MUDSLINGER - MUD + S + LINGER.
11 Burrowing rodent in short programme, broadcast internally around India (7,3)
PRAIRIE DOG - PR(AIR(I)ED)OG, which most solvers will biff.
13 Stagger back, giving lecherous look (4)
LEER - REEL backwards, a chestnut.
14 Strike a pose and rise to speak, for example? (8)
ANAGRAMS - of which STRIKE A POSE and RISE TO SPEAK is indeed an example - a very cleverly hidden one.
16 Lively grammarian’s voice? (6)
ACTIVE - Double definition, a very simple one.
18 Like layer of skin partially under microscope (6)
DERMIC - Hidden in [un]DER MIC[roscope].
20 With misgivings, like one in a French cathedral city (8)
UNEASILY - UN E(AS I)LY. another one most solvers will biff.
22 Soldier captures leaders of old brigade in desert (4)
GOBI - G(O[ld] B[rigade])I.
24 Vehicle reversed by man wearing gem, not of the highest standard (10)
SUBOPTIMAL - BUS backwards + OP(TIM)AL.
26 Just cause, providing venue for outdoor entertainment (10)
FAIRGROUND - FAIR + GROUND.
28 A small number backing WWII alliance (4)
AXIS - A + SIX backwards.
29 Destructive lout beginning to lurk behind London museum (6)
VANDAL - V AND A + L[urk].
30 Representing Nepal, the largest living land animal (8)
ELEPHANT - anagram of NEPAL, THE.
Down
2 Notice from this source inspiring Queen’s devotion (9)
ADHERENCE - AD + H(ER)ENCE.
3 Transport chief performing in the street? (7)
BUSKING - BUS + KING.
4 Doctor in Iowa, one for feet (5)
IAMBI - IA (MB) I.
5 Be about to drop off teacher going north (3)
NOD - DON upside-down.
6 German count’s friend’s final resting place (9)
PALSGRAVE - PAL'S GRAVE,
7 Linger unhappily at stern of boat in lock (7)
RINGLET - anagram of LINGER + [boa]T.
8 Loyal subject, say, tucking into pork pie (5)
LIEGE - LI(E.G.)E, my FOI, one of the very easy clues.
12 Dry fellow rising to interrupt (7)
DISTURB -  BRUT SID upside down.
15 Lancaster ground inherited from one’s forebears (9)
ANCESTRAL - anagram of LANCASTER.
17 European bishop replaced by very unrefined individual (9)
VULGARIAN - (+V,-b)ulgarian, a very simple letter-substitution clue.
19 After a month in Paris, man claims right to be hotel manager (6,1)
MAITRE D - MAI + T(R)ED, where Ted is just an ordinary bloke this time.
21 Roll a companion leaves on plate? (7)
SPINACH - SPIN + A CH.
23 Japanese port’s extremely obvious alias (5)
OSAKA - O[bviou]S + AKA, a bit of an &lit, as the clue is indeed extremely obvious.
25 Cleric cut daughter going to centre (5)
PADRE - PARED with the D moved to the centre.
27 Ancient city on eastern river (3)
URE - UR + E, another very easy one.
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