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Times Cryptic No 28026 - Saturday, 10 July 2021. Ain’t Misbehavin!

Here in our locked-down city, it was nice to have a Saturday crossword to tackle. All went smoothly. I liked the appearance of Fats Waller, and welcomed meeting the three words I didn’t know. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. How did you all get on?

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Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Deletions and commentary are (in brackets).
Across
1 Mediterranean islander in prison with army officer (8)
MAJORCAN – MAJOR, CAN.
5 Burn most of music at church (6)
SCORCH – SCOR(e), CH(urch).
10 Reject third of yarn twisted on the outside (5)
SPURN – R from yaRn in SPUN.
11 Clumsily misused walkway crossing road (9)
AWKWARDLY – anagram of (misused) WALKWAY + RD.
12 Dull time touring university in Alabama in the morning (9)
MATUTINAL – MATT ‘touring’ U, IN, AL(abama).
13 Lizard finally feeling all right about crossing City area (5)
GECKO – (feelin)G + EC=city of London + KO=OK ‘about’.
14 Person travelling to ancient city is German (7)
TOURIST – TO + UR + IST=‘is’ in German.
16 Little bird soldier kept in Cornish resort (6)
BUDGIE – GI in BUDE.
18 Appearance of commercial opening (6)
ADVENT – AD + VENT.
20 Holding key, somehow define old Turkish title (7)
EFFENDI – F is the key, in an anagram (somehow) of DEFINE.
22 Worry about electoral system for thirty days (5)
APRIL – AIL ‘about’ P.R. I feel I’ve seen this clue recently!
23 National firm once caught importing large antelope (9)
ICELANDIC – ICI was the firm, followed by C for caught. Insert ELAND.
25 Wonderful person unexpectedly met abroad (9)
DREAMBOAT – anagram (unexpectedly) of MET ABROAD.
26 Dance composed by business graduate after game (5)
RUMBA – RU is the game, MBA is the degree.
27 Father seen around at send-up (6)
SATIRE – SIRE around AT.
28 Waller starts to take on cattle, keeping animals for slaughter (8)
FATSTOCKFATS Waller, then first letters of Take On Cattle Keeping. First ‘vocabulary expansion’ clue! 

Down
1 Fellow diner putting hot water on tea (8)
MESSMATE – MESS = hot water, MATÉ=the (Paraguayan) tea.
2 Judge takes female relative for pleasure trip (5)
JAUNT – J + AUNT.
3 Strange upset after gang followed the French primate (4-6,5)
RING-TAILED LEMUR – RING=gang, TAILED=followed, LE=‘the’ in French, MUR=RUM upset.
4 Son dividing silver isn’t commonly in opposition (7)
AGAINST – put S in AG + AINT.
6 Diplomat’s accusation over plants choking river (6,9)
CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES – CHARGE=accusation, DAFFS=plants ‘choking’ AIRE.
7 Process of tailoring brightly coloured suit (9)
REDACTION – RED + (court) ACTION.
8 Way in which poor Amy enters farm store (6)
HAYMOW – anagram of (poor) AMY in HOW. Second ‘vocabulary expansion’ clue!
9 Blue dog in US space station (6)
SKYLAB – SKY + LAB
15 Experienced people keeping peace on river (9)
UNDERWENT – UN peacekeepers + DERWENT.
17 Tacky bloke reportedly on addictive drug (8)
GIMCRACK – GIM sounds like Jim + CRACK=the drug. I’ve obviously never heard GIMCRACK spoken – I assumed it had a hard G!
19 Neptune’s satellite’s interval discharging energy (6)
TRITON – TRI-TON(e)=(musical) interval, minus E=energy.
20 Old German prince dropping round with a complex woman? (7)
ELECTRA – the German is an ELECTOR. Remove the (round) O, add an A. From Greek mythology via Jungian psychology.
21 Golfing assistants ignoring European’s coarse yarn (6)
CADDIS – CADDI(e)S. Third ‘vocabulary expansion’ clue! I vaguely remembered the caddis fly, but didn’t know it as a yarn.
24 Thickhead finally sacked by boss (5)
DUMBO – (sacke)D + UMBO.
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