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Times 27975 - thank goodness for Wikipedia ...

You don't have to be a Hebrew scholar to finish this puzzle, the wordplay can see you through, but I think our setter must be much more erudite in such matters than I am; I had to resort to internet research to find out what the full story was at 5d and 25d. We also had a piece of clerical garb I'd never heard of, and a Latin plural of a Greek plural word which I was surprised was "allowed". Most of the clues, though, were far less obscure and gave no trouble at all; twenty minutes saw it done. I thought 14a and 23d were rather unsatisfactory.



Across
1 Given this, one must hit the right note — it's essential to get on (8)
KEYBOARD - KEY = essential, BOARD = get on, e.g. a train.
6 Only some of brigade armed? I'm shocked! (4,2)
DEAR ME - hidden, as above.
9 Bit of food in hospital eaten by boy, going the wrong way (4)
DHAL - LAD goes the wrong way, with H inside.
10 Joined two workers outside home (4,2,4)
HAND IN HAND - HAND HAND = two workers, insert IN = home.
11 That Cockney fellow allowing a little kiss, it's said, being virtuous? (10)
IMPECCABLE - 'IM = that cockney fellow (HIM); PECCABLE sounds like PECK-ABLE = allowing a little kiss.
13 One helping girl to avoid extremes (4)
AIDE - (M)AIDE(N).
14 Forget about request by snail mail? (5,3)
WRITE OFF - I suppose if you "write off" for something, you have to send the request in the post. But it would need to be "write off for" to make sense, not just "write off".
16 Player of instrument shows excessive desire to hold note (6)
LUTIST - TI, a note, goes inside LUST = excessive desire.
18 This writer's wearing fur maybe — a frilly covering? (6)
PELMET - ME (this writer) inside PELT.
20 Boy terribly shy one in front of papa giving formal address (8)
LADYSHIP - LAD (boy) then (SHY)* then I then P for papa.
22 Only half the local outlets offering healthy food? (4)
BRAN - half of BRAN(CHES) = local outlets.
24 Finish filled with wrath — is put at risk (10)
ENDANGERED - END (finish) ANGERED (filled with wrath).
26 Tired as Bradman was on coming to the wicket for the last time? (7,3)
CLAPPED OUT - batsmen beginning their last innings before retirement are often applauded on their way to the crease, so presumably Don Bradman was. It was before my time.
28 Units of resistance in people’s ’ouses being reported? (4)
OHMS - sounds like HOMES with a dropped H.
29 Lavish old lover to get locked up, we hear (6)
EXPEND - EX (old lover) gets PENNED (locked up) which sounds like PEND. Lavish as a verb here.
30 Make an effort leading smart meeting (8)
TRYSTING - TRY (make an effort) STING = smart as in hurt.
Down
2 Passing things in record time across border (English) (9)
EPHEMERAE - EP (extended play record) HEM (border) ERA (time) E (English). This is a bit of an odd word, as Ephemera is already a plural, of ephemeron (Greek), and means passing things, but Collins seems to allow it to be Latinised to ephemerae meaning the same, or classes of transient things.
3 Most brave, better than all others, inwardly worn out? (7)
BOLDEST - OLD (worn out) inside BEST (better than all others).
4 Casual notice — wine in short supply (2,3)
AD HOC - AD = notice, advertisement; HOC(K) wine shortened.
5 European abandoning European tribe (3)
DAN - DANE loses its E. Apparently the DAN were one of the tribes of Israel according to the torah. I didn't know that.
6 Journey over valley, on reflection, made little sense (9)
DRIVELLED - DRIVE (journey) then DELL (valley) reversed.
7 In that broadcast conflict comes across (7)
ATHWART - insert WAR into (THAT)*.
8 Extracted material to be brought up (5)
MINED - DENIM (material) reversed.
12 Bewildered female escaped, having upset sailor earlier (7)
BAFFLED - AB (sailor) reversed = BA, then F (female) FLED (escaped).
15 Refusal to get up — those folk stop getting better (2,3,4)
ON THE MEND - NO (refusal) reversed = ON, THEM = those folk, END = stop.
17 Prim dean's turned into superhero (6-3)
SPIDER-MAN - (PRIM DEANS)*.
19 Fellow has to squeeze inside clerical garment (7)
MANIPLE - MALE (fellow) has NIP = squeeze inside). Apparently a band worn by a priest on the left arm near the wrist, during the Eucharist; news to me.
21 Look after that rising river with old form of technology (3,2,2)
SEE TO IT - the River Tees rises = SEET, O for old, IT for form of technology.
23 Loose dog maybe nipping the Parisian (5)
RELAX - your dog could be called REX (or any other name you like); insert LA as French for 'the'. I think 'loose' here is a verb meaning the same as loosen, hence relax.
25 Smart part of America accommodating a Rechabite? (5)
NATTY - NY (New York) has A TT inserted. Apparently the Rechabites were an ascetic Jewish sect descended from a chap called Rechab, they refused to drink wine or live in houses; in 1835 a sect of the same name began in England, as a strict abstinence movement. Never heard of it.
27 Grazing animal's heading off for grass (3)
OAT - GOAT loses its G.

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