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Sunday Times 4956 by Robert Price

19:43. Another very fine puzzle from Bob, who is having a great run. This one was also quite tough, so gave me plenty of enjoyment last Sunday. As usual with this setter there are lots of elegant clues with brilliant surface readings. I don’t generally notice surface readings when solving (they often get in the way so I have trained myself to ignore them), but with Bob I make sure to go back over the clues to appreciate them, even when I don’t have to for blogging purposes.

Definitions are underlined, anagrams indicated like (TIHS)*, anagram indicators are in italics.

Across
1 Blowing his top, awkward person makes you jump
LUTZ - kLUTZ. It’s an ice-skating thing.
3 Song mostly probing a writer’s devastation
APOCALYPSE - A, PO(CALYPSo)E.
10 Plain or extremely loud check trousers
VELDT - VE(LouD)T. What a great surface. The wordplay is slightly tricky: VET (check) contains (trousers) LD (extremely loud). I was trying to get FF into this for a while.
11 Switch stance on gender identity (9)
TRANSPOSE - TRANS (gender identity), POSE.
12 Italian food in her canapé seems unusual
PARMESAN CHEESE - (HER CANAPE SEEMS)*.
14 Glad that husband has left plenty of petrol
TANKFUL - ThANKFUL.
15 Like sage and thyme, albeit a blend
LABIATE - (ALBEIT A)*. ‘Any plant of the family Lamiaceae (formerly Labiatae), having square stems, aromatic leaves, and a two-lipped corolla: includes mint, thyme, sage, rosemary, etc’.
17 Run drugs deliveries in batches at first
OVERSEE - OVERS (deliveries in batches), EE (drugs).
19 Party, hard one to fit into schedule
ROISTER - RO(I)STER.
20 Union forced to raise legitimate issue
SHOTGUN WEDDING - CD.
23 Fine comic story, so good I can’t tell you
INEFFABLE - (FINE)*, FABLE.
24 Piercing? One’s unduly curious about it
NOISY - NO(I)SY.
25 Dishes for heating synthetic emerald, say
READY MEALS - (EMERALD, SAY)*.
26 Small island bird’s beginning to disappear
INCH - fINCH.
Down
1 Magic drug, not a thing helping save Romeo
LOVE POTION - LOVE (not a thing), POrTION.
2 Give encouraging cry during ecstasy
TOLERANCE - T(OLE)RANCE.
4 Catch it in carp’s close season
PITFALL - carP(IT), FALL. This took me a ridiculously long time to see, just because I didn’t consider the American season.
5 Part of a church’s fortune, land primarily
CHANCEL - CHANCE (fortune), Land.
6 Maybe the tower of Pisa’s special property
LISTED BUILDING - two definitions, one slightly cryptic. I’ve seen this device before.
7 Religious leader in prison over debts
PIOUS - Prison, IOUS.
8 Only some dared enter paradise
EDEN - contained in ‘dared enter’.
9 Swimmers ignoring the youngest’s higher priorities
OTHER FISH TO FRY - the answer can be read to mean ‘fish other than the fry’. I thought the expression was ‘bigger fish to fry’ but it seems both are in use. Years ago I worked for a Frenchman who had a habit of mangling English idioms in often very amusing ways. One of his best was ‘don’t we have juicier cats to fry?’
13 Gully regularly covered by mad prophet’s rock carving
PETROGLYPH - (PROPHET)* containing GuLlY.
16 Appeal to drop the act and admit it is harassment
ATTRITION - ATTRact(IT)ION. This took me a while because I didn’t recognise the definition. It still seems odd, and I can’t find any obvious support for it in the usual dictionaries. I suppose you could say a war of ATTRITION is a war of harassment but it strikes me as a little bit loose.
18 … just dropping it would be level-headed
EQUABLE - EQUitABLE.
19 Short end of the stick of green wood
RAW DEAL - RAW (green) DEAL (wood). I don’t remember ever coming across this expression before. Edit: the expression I haven't come across is 'short end of the stick'. I see now I was far from clear about this!
21 Hard currency put together by a scavenger
HYENA - H, YEN, A.
22 At a wake, stand and drink to an auditor
BIER - sounds like ‘beer’.
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