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Times Cryptic 27980

Solving time: 36 minutes. I've nothing to say upfront so let's get straight to the answers...




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 Verbally attack a burrowing rodent (6)
GOPHER
Sounds like [verbally] "go for" (attack). In conversation  many people would say "go fer".
4 Wilfully desire no more than ... (8)
WANTONLY
WANT (desire), ONLY (no more than)
10 ... some information on a Gonzalez figure (7)
NONAGON
Hidden in [some] {informatio}N ON A GON{zalez}
11 Ring pub, finding obstruction on the way (7)
TOLLBAR
TOLL (ring), BAR (pub)
12 Mine entrance required: reportedly do this, then? (4)
ADIT
Sounds like [reportedly] "add it" (do this, then - add the required entrance). A write-in for me as soon as I saw 'mine entrance' as it was a word that caught me out in my early days of cryptic solving back in the 1960's.
13 Supervisor taking a horse with hesitation into eating-place (10)
MANAGERESS
A + NAG (horse) + ER (hesitation) contained by [into] MESS (eating-place)
15 Girl crossing quiet City area for a particular purpose (9)
SPECIALLY
SALLY (girl) containing [crossing] P (quiet) + EC1 (City area - east central London postal district)
16 Retired American cooking his Japanese dish (5)
SUSHI
US (American) reversed [retired], anagram [cooking] of HIS
18 Fibre I recognised in girl from the East (5)
SISAL
I contained by [recognised in] LASS (girl) reversed [from the East]
19 M Hulot's creator backed in serious move (9)
GRAVITATE
TATI (M Hulot's creator) reversed [backed] contained by [in] GRAVE (serious). Jacques Tati, mime artist and film maker (1907-1982).
21 Priest and waggish faculty head keeping company (10)
ARCHDEACON
ARCH (waggish), DEAN (faculty head) containing [keeping] CO (company). SOED has: arch - clever, roguish, waggish; (now usu.) consciously or affectedly playful or teasing.
23 Stylish around here in ancient Rome? (4)
CHIC
C (around - circa), HIC (here in ancient Rome)
26 Partly coincide — and drink too much! (7)
OVERLAP
OVER (too much), LAP (drink)
27 You cook it and soak it ultimately in port (7)
RISOTTO
SOT (soak) + {i}T [ultimately] contained by [in] RIO (port)
28 Belfast doctor maybe is involved with my opposition to local development (8)
NIMBYISM
NI MB (Belfast - Northen Ireland - doctor maybe), anagram [involved] of IS MY. 'Not In My Back Yard' - ism.
29 More glutinous tonic regularly swallowed by dynamic person (6)
GOOIER
{t}O{n}I{c} [regularly] contained [swallowed] by GOER (dynamic person). SOED has 'goer' as a lively or persevering person. I thought that was 'go-getter' and 'goer' meant something else. It does, but it's listed as a secondary meaning.
Down
1 Elevated article about, say, a European port (5)
GENOA
A (article) +  ON (about) + EG (say), all reversed [elevated]
2 Impecunious writer on river vessel (9)
PENNILESS
PEN [write], NILE (river), SS (vessel)
3 Brittle BBC boss in first of exacting years (4)
EDGY
DG (BBC boss - Director General) contained by [in] E{xciting} [first] + Y (years)
5 Risk assessor's deed unknown by Egypt once (7)
ACTUARY
ACT (deed), UAR (Egypt once - United Arab Republic), Y (unknown)
6 Some who spill the beans on joint position at bank (10)
TELLERSHIP
TELLERS (some who spill the beans), HIP (joint)
7 Worthy old law graduate in the Newcastle area (5)
NOBLE
O (old) + BL (law graduate) contained by [in] NE (the Newcastle area - North East)
8 County fellow looking up at king on heavy horse (9)
YORKSHIRE
ROY (fellow) reversed [looking up], K (king), SHIRE (heavy horse)
9 Involve Irish leader in hire charge right away (6)
ENTAIL
I{rish} [leader] contained by [in] {r}ENTAL (hire charge) [right away]
14 Loiter in half of London street with key accomplice (5-5)
DILLY-DALLY
{picca}DILLY (London street) [half], D (key), ALLY (accomplice). As featured in the Music Hall song made famous by Marie LLoyd.
15 Shortly request a time to enter Canadian city (9)
SASKATOON
ASK (request) + A + T (time) contained by [to enter] SOON (shortly)
17 Loose pig that's beginning to eat human food (9)
SPAGHETTI
Anagram [loose] of PIG THAT'S E{at} [beginning]
19 Man framing Burlington House member's "Sea creature" (7)
GRAMPUS
GUS (man) containing [framing] RA (Burlington House - Royal Academy) + MP ( member of parliament)
20 A male animal finally loaded on ship (6)
ABOARD
A, BOAR (male animal), {loade}D [finally]
22 Pick of elkhounds originally in pack (5)
CREAM
E{lkhounds} [originally] contained by [in] CRAM (pack)
24 Endless task overwhelming current group of singers (5)
CHOIR
CHOR{e} (task) [endless] containing [overwhelming] I (current)
25 Capital city's extremists fleeing industrial action (4)
OSLO
{g}O SLO{w} (industrial action) [extremists fleeing]
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