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Times 27703 - The Making of the English Solving Class

Time: 34 minutes
Music: Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um

I found this more difficult than expected, although the two long entries were simple enough.   I finished the whole right-hand side without much difficulty, but the left side gave considerable trouble.   Part of the problem was a wrong answer, where I found a hidden word that was not the right hidden word, that seemed like it must be the answer.   Eventually, having become a little suspicious, I erased it and found I could now solve the other clues. 

There is some clever stuff here, but it should have been a pretty easy puzzle if you have knowledge expected of an skilled Times solver. 

Across
1 Altercation had by society girl (6)
DEBATE - What the DEB ATE.
4 Write to head of MI6 about betrayer (3-5)
TWO-TIMER - Anagram of WRITE TO + M[16].
10 One always fuming Brit looms nastily (9)
STROMBOLI - anagram of BRIT LOOMS.   I had no idea what stromboli is, except a pizza place in NYC, but that must be it.
11 Revolutionary source of light, son cries (5)
BLUBS - BULB backwards + S.
12 A guard holding case of ammunition up (2,2,3)
AT AN END - A + T(A[mmunitio]N)END. 
13 Attempt to seduce? One might with item from Ann Summers? (3,2,2)
TRY IT ON - Double definition, one semi-jocular.
14 Letter has half of them worried in recession (5)
THETA - TH[em] + ATE backwards.
15 Acts as guide abroad, they say (8)
OVERSEES - Sounds like OVERSEAS.
18 Brainy brother drinking rye? The opposite (8)
CEREBRAL - CERE(BR)AL.
20 Leader of armed mob almost seizing city in battle (5)
ALAMO - A[rmed] +LA + MO[b].
23 Ducks outside range freely, finding something smelling nice (7)
OREGANO - O + anagram of RANGE + O.   Well, it smells OK.
25 What dog may do to welcome garden visitor? (7)
WAGTAIL - WAG TAIL.  The garden visitor is a bird, if you didn't know.
26 Jack’s approval, quietly overlooked (5)
RAISE - [p]RAISE, not a sailor or a card this time.
27 Complaint of students backing coup (9)
SUNSTROKE - NUS backwards + STROKE.
28 Study agreements society put forward (8)
TREATISE -  TREATIES with the last letter moved forward one position
29 Model prisoner first of those getting out of nick (6)
TRUSTY - T[hose] + RUSTY.
Down
1 The horror of one’s experience under duke (8)
DISTASTE - D + I'S + TASTE, where the literal seemed a bit overwrought to me.
2 Anger in local leading to assault (7)
BARRAGE - BAR + RAGE.
3 Leaving old city, fever becomes mild (9)
TEMPERATE - TEMPERAT[ur]E.
5 Exposing evil action of a referee? (7-7)
WHISTLE-BLOWING - Double definition, with meanings to similar to be very cryptic.
6 Fat man I married needs new top (5)
TUBBY - -h,+TUBBY, a random letter-substitution clue, a style disliked by many solvers.
7 Cop, second one in Paris Match (7)
MOUNTIE - MO + UN + TIE.
8 Rebellion? Reluctantly at first I reveal all (6)
RISING - R[eluctantly} I SING.
9 Wait, as groom may have to do? (4,4,6)
HOLD YOUR HORSES - Double definition.
16 Killing earl’s thug arranged (9)
SLAUGHTER - Anagram of EARL'S THUG - great clue.
17 Dog on the tracks? It’s mine (8)
COLLIERY - COLLIE + RY, a bit of a chestnut.
19 Solitary Europeans possessing authority (7)
EREMITE - E(REMIT)E.
21 Atlas so useless, leaving one perplexed (2,1,4)
AT A LOSS - Anagram of ATLAS SO.
22 Swap tips on highly charged little Dickensian? (6)
DORRIT - TORRID with the first and last letters switched.  Little Dorrit was the Dickens novel I liked the best, in the grad school seminar where we had to read all of them.
24 Reread EP Thompson? Some of it’s brilliant (5)
ADEPT - Hidden in [rere]AD EP T[hompson], and not DEPTH as some (including me!) might suppose.
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