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Times Cryptic 27968

Solving time: 34 minutes. Many thanks to mohn2 for updating the template script to suit my new blogging style so that I don't have to remember to press Enter after every answer.

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.



Across
1 Might one pass with those standards kept up? (6,7)
FLYING COLOURS
FLYING (kept up), COLOURS (standards - flags)
8 Country where capital's neither opened nor closed (4)
IRAN
{t}IRAN{a} (capital of Albania) [neither opened nor closed]
9 For example, Tommy and soldiers, those working together (10)
COOPERANTS
COOPER (for example, Tommy), ANTS (soldiers). This word looks silly to me without a hyphen (as does 'cooperate') but some of the usual sources sanction it. Here's Tommy's famous Bottle/Glass routine.
10 Tree trunk enthusiast (8)
CHESTNUT
CHEST (trunk), NUT (enthusiast). Does anyone remember the Chestnut Tree Song? They don't write 'em like that any more!
11 Brute force said to break good man (6)
SADIST
Anagram [force] of SAID, contained by [to break] ST (good man - saint). I don't recall seeing 'force' used as an anagrind before, but it's in the Chamber's list.
13 Possibly, lewd queen worried doctor (10)
ADULTERATE
ADULT (possibly, lewd), ER (queen), ATE (worried)
16 Two Georges taking a test (4)
VIVA
Take your pick of VI + V (two Georges), A or V + IV (two Georges), A
17 Figures, slightly retrograde (4)
DATA
A TAD (slightly) reversed [retrograde]. Unaccountably my LOI!
18 Instrument shaken roughly about, mine inspiring ridicule primarily (10)
TAMBOURINE
Anagram [roughly] of ABOUT MINE, containing [inspiring] R{idicule} [primarily]
20 Witness watching over, perhaps? (6)
ATTEST
Alternatively spaced as AT TEST (watching over, perhaps - attending a cricketing test match)
22 Game played with associated board, cheat and get low grade (8)
CRIBBAGE
CRIB (cheat), BAG (get), E (low grade)
24 Animal seen moving around Pacific native (10)
MELANESIAN
Anagram [moving around] ANIMAL SEEN
26 Fracture   that's the same! (4)
SNAP
Two meanings, the second as in the simple card game in which players race to say 'Snap!' as they identify cards of the same rank.
27 Marry and make a splash? (4,3,6)
TAKE THE PLUNGE
A definition plus a cryptic hint. Something of a DBE as 'taking the plunge' might be deciding to do almost anything after a long period of uncertainty and deliberation. A more usual saying for marriage would be 'tie the knot'. Edit: Having just come across the same definition in one of the weekend puzzles (not Times or ST) I decided to investigate further and have confirmed that Collins specifies 'get married' as one of the meanings.
Down
1 Wood terribly dry, then a water supplier on the way (4,7)
FIRE HYDRANT
FIR (wood), the anagram [terribly] of DRY THEN A. These are points along a road (way) allowing easy access to water mains in case of fire.
2 Contrary to opinion, week appears, ultimately, a long time (5)
YONKS
{contrar}Y, {t}O, {opinio}N, {wee}K, {appear}S [ultimately]
3 Party in minutes ending in government probable landslide? (2,7)
NO CONTEST
CON (party - Conservatives) contained by [in] NOTES (minutes of a meeting), {governmen}T [ending]. An easy victory or walkover.
4 Native American people almost as tribal, oddly, in European country (7)
CROATIA
CRO{w} (native American people) [almost], then A{s} T{r}I{b}A{l} [oddly]
5 United team is in the driving seat, reportedly (5)
LEEDS
Sounds like [reportedly] "leads" (is in the driving seat)
6 Kind of door finished twice? (2-3-4)
UP-AND-OVER
Two words meaning 'finished'. Doors providing vehicular access to garages.
7 Egyptian god, determined (3)
SET
Two meanings. The Egyptian god 'Set' is also known as 'Seth'.
12 Redeeming quality in old batsman after keeper's job? (6,5)
SAVING GRACE
SAVING (keeper's job - e.g. in soccer), GRACE (old batsman - W.G.)
14 General claims as support for property transaction (9)
LEASEBACK
LEE (General - Robert E) contains AS, then BACK (support)
15 Moving a lot, I'm one on the move! (9)
EMOTIONAL
Anagram [on the move] of A LOT I'M ONE
19 Device locating companion in part of New England (7)
MACHINE
CH (companion of honour) contained by [in] MAINE (part of New England)
21 Message lovely and short in the end (5)
TWEET
TWEE (lovely), {shor}T [in the end]
23 Creature putting leg under twice (5)
BISON
BIS (twice - encore!), ON (leg - cricket)
25 Take in tenants every so often (3)
EAT
{t}E{n}A{n}T{s} [every so often]
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