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Times Cryptic No 27984 - Saturday, 22 May 2021. Geographically challenged.

I was stumped by 12ac. The rest was Saturday standard. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. How did you all get on?

[Read more ...]Notes for newcomers: The Times offers prizes for Saturday Cryptic Crosswords. This blog is posted a week later, after the competition closes. So, please don’t comment here on the current Saturday Cryptic.

Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Deletions are struck through.

Across
1 Famous European family retreating in food resort hotel (8)
HAPSBURG – GRUB + SPA + H for hotel, all “retreating”.
5 State offers something worth having — it's right to join in (6)
ASSERT – R for right, in ASSET.
10 Horrible attritional aims in dictatorship? (15)
TOTALITARIANISM – anagram (horrible) of ATTRITIONAL AIMS.
11 It's an arm, not the head, that adapts slowly (7)
EVOLVER – drop the first letter from rEVOLVER.
12 Ornament in part of south London by road junction (7)
MORDENT – ornament is a musical term, new to me, of which MORDENT is a type. MORDEN is in South London, T junctions are everywhere. I didn’t know either the answer or the district, so I had no hope of getting this one.
13 Man bound by special call connected with the priesthood? (8)
CLERICAL – ERIC is today’s man. Put him in an anagram (special) of CALL.
15 Mother performing as a legendary friend (5)
DAMON – DAM + ON. A reference to the legend of Damon and Pythias.
18 One's crossing river to see lots of territory? (5)
ACRES – ACE’S, crossing R for river.
20 Clear one bad clue may get this! (8)
RIDICULE – RID=clear + I=one, then an anagram (bad) of CLUE.
23 Weird globules, finally fading away — able to break down in water? (7)
SOLUBLE – anagram (weird) of GLOBULES, after removing a G=fading, finally.
25 Short communication about a daughter being not the sort you want? (7)
LADETTE – LETTEr around A+D.
26 Awkwardly cope with music centre that features modern electronics (8,7)
COMPUTER SCIENCE – anagram (awkwardly) of COPE MUSIC CENTRE.
27 Poor-quality pitch — what's unusual in that? (6)
SHODDY – ODD=unusual in SHY=pitch.
28 Pieces of artwork Greek character inscribed in gents naughtily (8)
ETCHINGS – CHI in anagram (naughtily) of GENTS.

Down
1 Conditions for favourable growth? It means one shouldn't have cold feet (6)
HOTBED - double definition, the second fanciful. I didn’t know the literal meaning of this word. It turns out to be a bed of earth heated by fermenting manure, for raising or forcing plants.
2 Grim-faced worker penning book — something to earn fast buck? (9)
POTBOILER – PO + TOILER penning B for book.
3 Wild animal mostly existing in captivity to make money (7)
BOLIVAR – BOAR “captivating” LIVe.
4 Part of machine soldiers set up on pile of rocks (5)
ROTOR – RO=OR ‘set up’ + TOR = pile of rocks.
6 Disfigured king, frightened to go about (7)
SCARRED – SCARED ‘about’ R=king.
7 Chosen group among the literati (5)
ELITE – hidden answer.
8 Worker in the office for a while — smart, not initially alluring (8)
TEMPTING – TEMP, sTING=smart (not initially).
9 Conservative was first to hold seat and was overcome? (8)
CRUMPLED – C + LED, holding RUMP.
14 Circle is not put in a difficult situation (8)
CORNERED – double definition. Unlike squares, circles don’t have corners.
16 What could produce ailment? No hormone (9)
MELATONIN – anagram (could produce) of AILMENT NO.
17 A hundred cushions in East End churches? They are hung up in the vestry (8)
CASSOCKS – C=Roman numeral for one hundred. HASSOCKS=cushions. Drop the aitch, as per crossword convention.
19 Dull sort of editor failed to get to grips with English (7)
SUBDUED – SUB-editor, DUD holding E=English.
21 Like a rogue in the money, did wrong, getting imprisoned (7)
CADDISH – anagram (wrong) of DID, in CASH.
22 Petition park to rear type of cactus (6)
CEREUS – SUE + REC “to rear”=written upwards, not downwards.
24 Dance to get leg under or leg over? (5)
LIMBO – LIMB + O.
25 Composer that’s unknown’s turning up in reading material (5)
LISZT – Z in LIST On edit: Elly's comment suggests a better parsing ... Z'S in LIT for literature, all reading upwards.
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