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Times Cryptic 27974

Solving time: 20 minutes. Dead easy apart from one unknown answer which relies on an obscure piece of wordplay which I now understand refers to a brand name also unknown to me. I took a punt and got the answer right but would have been very annoyed if it was wrong.

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 Social worker crosses very large slope (5)
BEVEL
BEE (social worker) contains [crosses] V (very), then L (large). I'd heard of bevelled edges on furniture.
4 Lover once noisily kissed soldier perhaps in the club (9)
EXPECTANT
EX (lover once), PECT sounds like [noisily] "pecked" (kissed),  then ANT (soldier). "In the (pudding) club" is just one of many mildly unsavoury euphemisms for being pregnant. In the Nancy Mitford serial currently showing on BBC-TV, one of the characters referred to herself as being 'in pig'!
9 Traditional conservative girl I ring endlessly (9)
CLASSICAL
C (conservative), LASS (girl), I, CAL{l} (ring) [endlessly]
10 New piece of ground that's acquired for buttons (5)
NACRE
N (new), ACRE (piece of ground). As favoured by the Cockerney Pearly Kings and Queens.
11 Briefly covet short story about strong guys in green (13)
ENVIRONMENTAL
ENV{y} (covet) [briefly] + TAL{e} story) [short], containing (about) IRON MEN (strong guys)
14 Flog city's hotel (4)
LASH
LA'S (city's), H (hotel)
15 Nonconformist publican's gift? (4,6)
FREE SPIRIT
A straight definition and a cryptic hint
18 Spies among Latinos oddly withdrawn (10)
ANTISOCIAL
CIA (spies) contained by [among] anagram [oddly] of LATINOS
19 Slight advance traps knight (4)
SNUB
SUB (advance) contains [traps] N (knight - chess notation]
21 Battered bangers turn over hoarding where flag is (4-2-3-4)
TOAD-IN-THE-HOLE
TO (turn over - less polite alternative to PTO), AD (hoarding - billboard), IN THE HOLE (where flag is - on a golf course). A favourite dish, best accompanied by lashings of onion gravy!
24 Elliptical old poet handling love (5)
OVOID
OVID (old poet) containing [handling] O (love)
25 Current period ordinary citizen avoids initially (6,3)
COMMON ERA
COMMONER (ordinary citizen), A{voids} [initially]. Aka Christian Era.
27 Warship restored after tangling with bow of yacht (9)
DESTROYER
Anagram [tangling] of RESTORED Y{acht] [bow -  front end]
28 Rake around good non-standard plant (5)
ROGUE
ROUE (rake - a man of dissolute or promiscuous habits) containing [around] G (good). On the definition, SOED has 'rogue' as a seedling or plant regarded as undesirable in a crop, esp. one deviating from the standard variety.
Down
1 A lot of US money resting on film juvenile collecting Oscar (10)
BUCKETLOAD
BUCK (US money), ET (film) then LAD (juvenile) containing [collecting] O (Oscar - NATO alphabet)
2 The sixth article's going through (3)
VIA
VI (the sixth  - e.g Henry VI), A (article)
3 Polish way to draw in circles (6)
LUSTRE
LURE (draw in) contains [circles] ST (way)
4 Odd volume next to English books in Morecambe? (9)
ECCENTRIC
CC (volume - cubic centimetre) + E (English) + NT (books - New Testament) all contained by [in] ERIC (Morecambe)
5 Healthy food   that's often taken by nurses (5)
PULSE
Two meanings
6 Whitehall edifice not cheap to refurbish (8)
CENOTAPH
Anagram [refurbish] of NOT CHEAP. Memorial in Portland stone to 'The Glorious Dead' designed by Edwin Lutyens and erected in 1919.
7 A firm imports chopped vegetable with increasing speed (11)
ACCELERANDO
A, then CO (firm) contains [imports] CELER{y}(vegetable) [chopped] + AND (with). Musicians will know this one.
8 Having put up fitting, chuck it down (4)
TEEM
MEET (fitting) reversed [put up]. SOED: In a meet, fit, or proper manner. Those brought up on The Book of Common Prayer may be familiar with the response: 'For it is meet and right so to do'. The definition refers to rain of which we've seen too much recently.
12 One in six stops making appearances (11)
VISITATIONS
I (one) contained by [in] VI (six) + STATIONS (stops). Two outings for the Roman numeral VI today!
13 Fellow bishop breaks deadlock (10)
STABLEMATE
B (bishop) is contained by [breaks] STALEMATE (deadlock)
16 Eg rubber dinghy catches cat after end of race (9)
ELASTOMER
{rac}E [end], then LASER (dinghy) contains [catches] TOM (cat). Not my favourite clue as already mentioned in the intro, plus it's a DBE, albeit a signalled one. Collins has 'laser' as: trademark-  a type of dinghy, designed to be sailed by one person.
17 Orcadian maybe is left with her, heading off (8)
ISLANDER
IS, L (left), AND (with), {h}ER [heading off]. A native or inhabitant of Orkney, and another DBE.
20 See regulation about importing old plush stuff (6)
VELOUR
V (see), then RULE (regulation) reversed [about] containing [importing] O (old). Velvety stuff.
22 Restless in Berlin, I start to yawn, nursing temperature (5)
ITCHY
ICH (I, in Berlin) + Y{awn} [start], containing [nursing] T (temperature)
23 Firm gets rid of one exchanged for cash (4)
SOLD
SOL{i}D (firm) [gets rid of one  - I]
26 24 eastern goods (3)
EGG
E (eastern) G G (goods).  With reference to OVOID at 24ac.
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