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Sunday Times 4914 by Robert Price - source for the gander

12:28. Another really entertaining puzzle from Bob this week. I particularly liked 12ac, with its deceptive wordplay, and the cryptic definitions. These often attract negative comment but I thought both examples in the long down clues were excellent.

There will no doubt be the usual discussion about homophones like that in 3dn, which works for non-rhotic speakers like me but not for others. If homophones are unacceptable on that basis though they would have to be banished entirely, which would certainly make setters’ lives harder.

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

Across
1 Fraud helping to hide bank payment
CONSIDERATION - CON(SIDE), RATION.
10 Wife’s left at Crewe, due to change train again
RE-EDUCATE - (AT CREwE DUE)*.
11 Share clobber
WHACK - DD. I think of the first sense as just meaning a (large) amount. When intended to mean a share it is usually (always?) preceded by the word 'fair'. Close enough, anyway.
12 Relative of Bonnie wanting half the case about Clyde
NIECE - tricky wordplay here: bonNIE (Bonnie wanting half), ClydE (the case about Clyde). Super clue.
13 One from a huge range of greetings from Kuala Lumpur?
HIMALAYAN - HI, MALAYAN (from Kuala Lumpur?). Note the question mark indicating a definition by example, because there are other places in Malaysia. Unnecessary IMO.
14 VIPs and why they stand at the bar?
NOTABLES - they stand at the bar because there are…
16 Cold youth crossing a river shows great bottle
CARBOY - C(A, R), BOY. This word for a large bottle was familiar but only very vaguely so I needed the wordplay.
19 Cream unfinished fish is next to
BESIDE - BESt, IDE.
20 All over pong surrounds one type of cheese
HALLOUMI - H(ALL, O)UM, I. Aka squeaky cheese, excellent grilled on a barbecue. What did the cheese say when it saw itself in the mirror?
22 Inclined to admit suspect is a mugger
ASSAILANT - ASLANT containing (IS A)*. Another DBE, this time with no indication.
24 Live dance music
BEBOP - BE, BOP (dance).
25 Anxiety about old man’s housing
DREAD - D(RE)AD. This clue uses the same deceptive construction to indicate containment as 20ac.
26 Keep going private say, only with 50 per cent off
SOLDIER ON - SOLDIER, ONly.
27 Who really has the power in emergencies at sea?
EMINENCE GRISE - (IN EMERGENCIES)*.
Down
2 Work by a setter disguised as light entertainment
OPERETTAS - OP, (A SETTER)*.
3 Nerve of informant in speaking out
SAUCE - sounds like ‘source’. Cue howls of outrage from rhoticists everywhere.
4 The last place one would retire to
DEATHBED - CD.
5 Loveless, your home turned cold and damp
RHEUMY - (YoUR HoME)*.
6 Drier beginning to leak oil mixed with water
TOWEL RAIL - (Leak OIL WATER)*. I was a bit puzzled by this because a towel is a drier, but quis siccat ipsos siccates? As they don't say in Latin.
7 Organ and piano ultimately are not the same
OVARY - pianO, VARY.
8 Providers of support for those with decreasing work?
IRONING BOARDS - CD. I initially thought the second word here would be STANDS, so I put that in, and then when I realised the first word was IRONING I almost didn’t reconsider it, which would have left me with IRONING STANDS. Fortunately I noticed in the nick of time that this was nonsense.
9 Being unsuited, out of one’s depth perhaps?
SKINNY-DIPPING - another CD, and another good one.
15 Unwell, ordered to swallow tablet by doctor
BEDRIDDEN - B(E, DR)IDDEN.
17 Singers of music, keeping time
BLUEBIRDS - BLUE(BIRD)S. ‘Time’ in the prison sense here.
18 You might chew this gum, eating badly
PASTILLE - PAST(ILL)E.
21 Stepping up to pluck the last fruit
RAISIN - RAISINg. Slight MER at ‘fruit’ as a definition here. It is a fruit of course, but the dried characteristic strikes me as pretty fundamental.
23 Cook leaves handwritten text about sandwiches
STEAM - reversal of MS (manuscript) containing TEA (leaves). I got a bit confused here because I considered STEAM but thought that ‘sandwiches’ was indicating ‘tea’, which made it rather tricky to parse the rest.
24 Pipe band’s top revolutionary resistance song
BRIAR - Band, reversal of R, AIR. Also spelled BRIER sometimes, so watch out!
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