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Times 27981 - scrumptious clueing this week.

I enjoyed this one, nothing too obscure or contentious but plenty of clever clues, some of which like 6a and 20a had neat surfaces which read well and are relevant to the answer. I thought 23a was the best anagram for a while too. Well done, Mr Setter.





Across
1 Such a mammal’s position on a trail regularly overlooked (9)
PLACENTAL - PLACE (position) then alternate letters of oN a TrAiL.
6 In turn, doctor very brave just opening heart (5)
BOSOM - Reversed (in turn): MO (doctor) SO (very) B (opening of brave).
9 James’s version of the Mona Lisa? (8,2,1,4)
PORTRAIT OF A LADY - cryptic referring to the novel The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James.
10 Family must follow as well understood (4,2)
TOOK IN - TOO (as well) KIN (family).
11 Love alluring woman no end: time for action? (4,4)
ZERO HOUR - ZERO (love in tennis is zero) HOURI alluring woman loses its end.
13 Time away from poor old American native (10)
INDIGENOUS - INDIGENT means poor, delete the T for time, add O for old and US.
14 Ruthless chap avoiding pained expression (4)
FELL - this was my LOI and took a while to get. FELLOW loses its OW! Fell as an adjective can mean cruel or ruthless.
16 Group of countries taking part in a tournament (4)
NATO - hidden as above.
17 Piece of data, a single line added to one paper (10)
STATIONERY - STAT (piece of data) I (a single), ONE, add RY (line as in railway).
19 Rodent leading with its tail, and not very big (8)
ENORMOUS - MOUSE is the rodent in question, move its E to the beginning and add NOR ( = and not).
20 Grab fruit, two packs a penny (6)
SCRUMP - a rugby clue; two packs of forwards can make a scrum, add P for penny. This made me smile.
23 Problematic gift of cocaine polished off (8,7)
POISONED CHALICE - (COCAINE POLISHED)*. An excellent anagram, I thought.
24 Alarm not starting properly (5)
RIGHT - (F)RIGHT doesn't start.
25 You lovely beaches! So many? (9)
THOUSANDS - THOU (you) SANDS (lovely beaches). I suppose the 'lovely' could be intended to refer to the 'you' in the familiar sense, or the niceness of sandy beaches, thou may tell me.
Down
1 Apparently good place for orchestra and singer (5)
PIPIT - PI (apparently good) PIT as in orchestra pit, a pipit is a bird like a drab-looking wagtail.
2 State going into broadcasting? I’m cool with that (3-12)
AIR-CONDITIONING - AIRING = broadcasting, insert CONDITION = state.
3 Nostalgic feelings when head lost income (8)
EARNINGS - YEARNINGS loses Y.
4 Double whiskey — canned? (4)
TWIN - W for whiskey in TIN for can.
5 Admired appearance due for revamp: read on! (6,2,2)
LOOKED UP TO - LOOK (apprearance), (DUE)*, PTO = please turn over = read on.
6 Philosopher tours east, warning of danger (6)
BEACON - E for east goes inside BACON, your choice of Francis or Roger.
7 One gives a convict life, as an interim measure (4,2,9)
STAY OF EXECUTION - double definition.
8 Office a Tory left, sacked after a month (9)
MAYORALTY - MAY (a month), (A TORY L)*.
12 Tool order Charlie has left for workers (10)
INSTRUMENT - order = INSTRUCT, swap the C for MEN (workers).
13 In secret, observe landlord (9)
INNKEEPER - INNER = secret, insert KEEP = observe, as in e.g. observe Lent.
15 Disguises trick with performing animals for audience (8)
CONCEALS - CON = trick, CEALS sounds like SEALS which are known to be used as performing animals.
18 One million after tax (6)
IMPOST - I (one) M (million) POST (after).
21 Papers, one of them missing formerly (5)
PRESS - (Daily) EXPRESS loses its EX = formerly.
22 Copy of Henry Green taken round (4)
ECHO - H for Henry goes into ECO for green.
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