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Mephisto 3099 - Paul McKenna

I hope this will get posted, I am fighting spotty internet connectivity in a rather cavernous hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. I thought this was a step up in difficulty from recent Mephisto puzzles.

Paul McKenna typically treats us to a pun across the top row and this one came out rather quickly as PICTURE PALACE.

In Mephisto all definitions can be verified in Chambers so I will be focusing on the wordplay in the clue. The most direct definition is underlined.

And on Australia Day, away we go...


Across
1 He who’s conceited concealing desire to arrive (7, two words)
PITCH UP - PUP(he who is conceited) containing ITCH(desire)
6 She who adventured despite no longer wanting money (5)
ALICE - MALICE(despite) missing M(money)
10 What sets Arfur off? Being into dodgy old wheels flogged to trade (10)
WHOLESALED - first letter of Arfur inside an anagram of OLD,WHEELS. Presumably the clue is echoing George Cole's character in Minder.
11 Half skipping next practical lesson about woodlands (7)
NEMORAL - half of NExt then MORAL(practical lesson)
13 Dire subscription service here could be seen as depravity (5, two words)
PAY TV - anagram of DEPRAVITY minus DIRE
14 Tree’s roll of curled bark, a first sign of illness (7)
QUILLAI - QUILL(roll of curved bark), A, then the first letter in Illness
15 Reduction with extra eccentricity to retail freely (5)
DENET - the reduction is a DENT, insert another E(eccentricity)
16 Blocking prodigal son too (4)
ALSO - hidden inside prodigALSOn
17 Lingual problem — a tendency to comment comically, we may think (9)
GLOSSITIS - double defintion, the second more cryptic
20 Raise chat about what people bitten by, say, spiders should get (9)
THERIACAS - anagram of RAISE,CHAT
21 Fancy moulding of Trump’s suit (4)
OGEE - O(of). GEE(suit, get along with)
23 King before opening to habitually exercise arbitrary decree (5)
UKASE - K(king), A(before) inside USE(habitually exercise)
26 Something which stabilises grass sheltered from the east (7, two words)
FIN KEEL - FINK(grass, informer), then LEE(sheltered) reversed
28 A drummer died, going west, poetically astray (5)
ABORD - A, then DR(drummer), OB(died) both reversed
29 Superlatively stingy are in cosy pad (7)
NEAREST - ARE in NEST(cosy pad)
30 In another way nurse needs instinctive grasp? (10)
UNDERSENSE - anagram of NURSE,NEEDS
31 Poetic plant, mostly Anacreontic, translator picked up (5)
TETRA - TEAN(Anacreonic) missing the last letter, containing TR(translator)
32 Sully infernal place west of Highland royal burgh (7)
DISTAIN - DIS(infernal place) and TAIN(Royal Burgh in Ross County)

Down
1 Humiliated and laid in lavender, afternoon is wasted (5)
PWNED - PAWNED(laid in lavender) missing A(afternoon). I laughed at seeing this term in the Sunday Times
2 Brass, an early Persian bit (5)
TOMAN - TOM(prostitute, brass), AN
3 Miss is in court being incomparably careful (7)
CLOSEST - LOSE(miss) 'S in CT(court)
4 Lamp-lighting lover, an illustrious person (4)
HERO - double definition - Hero would light a lamp for Leander
5 A concupiscence runs through mate coming from The Marshes? (9)
PALUSTRAL - A, LUST(concupiscence) inside PAL(mate)
6 At most in Naples a Latin pulled up round one (5, two words)
AL PIU - A, L(Latin) and a reversal of UP surrounding I(one)
7 Lifting cold coffee — gods, perfect (7)
IDYLLIC - reversal of C(cold), ILLY(a brand of coffee), DI(gods)
8 Climax follows this as cast is at high (10)
CATASTASIS - anagram of AS,CAST,IS,AT
9 Dissatisfied six caught by English common sense (7)
ENVIOUS - VI(six) inside E(English), NOUS(common sense)
12 Big enough to read elegy and believe all but two changes (10)
EYE-LEGIBLE - anagram of ELEGY and BELIE(ve)
14 Shut up quarterly that is bygone grief (close to Duke) (9)
QUIETENED - QU(quarterly), IS(that is), TENE(grief), D(Duke)
17 Greek goddess in part of play rubbed rock, say (7)
GEOFACT - GE(Greek goddess), OF(in), ACT(part of play)
18 Expand on dock forcibly (7, two words)
OPEN OUT - O(on), PEN(dock), OUT(forcibly)
19 Manoeuvre retakes male bird of prey (7)
SAKERET - anagram of RETAKES
22 Sri Lankan verse collection of ancient tales (5)
VEDDA - V(verse), EDDA(collection of ancient tales)
24 Ring up a new date (5)
ARENA - reversal of A, N(new), ERA(date)
25 Worried, starting off on the losing side? (5)
EATEN - remove the first letter from BEATEN(on the losing side)
27 Black behind deep sea fish (4)
BASS - B(back), ASS(behind)
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