Cityish Alt-ish Fortyish (verlaine) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times 28,043: Sei Nett, Spule Zurück

I found this relatively gentle overall, finishing in under 7 minutes, though I was definitely helped by having come across 10ac before and that therefore being my FOI, rather than a source of puzzlement. There were some really nice moments in this grid though, 12ac, 16ac and 14dn particularly tickling my fancy. All in all a good Friday, and I anticipate agreement. Thanks setter!

Definitions underlined, (ABC)* indicating anagram of ABC, {} deletions and [] other indicators.

Across
1 Diverts variety acts with half of recording? (5,5)
TURNS ASIDE - TURNS [variety acts] with A-SIDE
6 Twelve back-to-back refusals (4)
NOON - NO + reversed NO
9 Innovative artists in revolutionary city flourish (3,4)
NEW WAVE - reverse WEN [as in The Great Wen that is London] + WAVE [flourish]
10 One grazing animals gets air exercising (7)
AGISTER - (GETS AIR*). This has come up in Times puzzles before, thank goodness
12 Vagrant blacked out a lot (10)
BUCKETLOAD - (BLACKED OUT*)
13 Wrath in country deprived of land (3)
IRE - IRE{land}
15 Forest close to airport burning (6)
ARDENT - ARDEN [as in the forest in As You Like It] + {airpor}T
16 Faithful friend concealing Conservative party's latest fraudulence (8)
QUACKERY - QUAKER [as in, member of the religious Society of Friends] "concealing" C, plus {part}Y
18 Butt from corner disposed of outside area (8)
HOGSHEAD - HOG [corner] + SHED "outside" A
20 Ships seized by war-mad admiral? (6)
ARMADA - hidden in {w}AR-MAD A{dmiral}
23 Last of seamen to swig drink (3)
NOG - {seame}N {t}O {swi}G
24 Nonconformists waste nothing they say (10)
REFUSENIKS - REFUSE [waste] + homophone of NIX
26 Missile turned over HQ, crossing river (7)
TORPEDO - reversed O DEPOT, "crossing" R
27 Not always where top columnists work? (2,5)
AT TIMES - somewhat ingratiating double def
28 Celebrated dynasty (4)
SUNG - double def. This is the Wade-Giles romanization, bad luck if you put SONG (which doesn't mean celebrated) or SANG (which isn't a dynasty). If you somehow put SENG though I have no sympathy
29 Provocative church featured in local chronicle (10)
INCENDIARY - CE in INN DIARY
Down
1 Leader leaves men in dry shelter (4)
TENT - {m}EN in TT [teetotal = dry]
2 Turned back, being hurt again? (7)
REWOUND - or RE-WOUND, as in "wound for a second time"
3 Mr Ed supporting son who's standing provokingly? (8-5)
STALKING-HORSE - S supported by Mr Ed the TALKING HORSE. A political candidate put forward to divide the opposition, e.g.
4 Nosily picks up small coins (6)
SCENTS - S CENTS. "Nosily picks up" as in, "picks up with one's nose"
5 Face villain failing to initiate exchange (8)
DIALOGUE - DIAL plus {r}OGUE
7 Strikers on team? Not likely! (7)
OUTSIDE - if you are on strike, you are OUT, and a team is a SIDE. As in "an outside chance"
8 Breeder runs many dodgy houses I hesitate to say (10)
NURSERYMAN - (RUNS MANY*) "houses" ER...
11 Forcibly conditioned with art, not love? (13)
INDOCTRINATED - (C{o}NDITIONED ART*), &lit
14 Pals inspiring another's schemes (10)
MACHINATES - MATES "inspiring" CHINA
17 Rugby player hits low note, roughly a fortnightly occurrence (4-4)
HALF-MOON - HALF [rugby player] + MOO [low, like a cow] + N
19 Pioneering Russian paper set up in advance (7)
GAGARIN - reversed RAG in GAIN
21 A barrister recalled eponymous heroine before 6 once (3-4)
ACK-EMMA - A + reversed KC [king's counsel] + EMMA [Austenian heroine], for a.m. or pre-noon as spelled out in the good old days. I feel like I never heard of pip or toc or ack emma for decades and then suddenly they're all over the place in crosswords...
22 I'm off to appraise housing development (6)
ESTATE - EST{im}ATE
25 My investment company's base (1,3)
I SAY - ISA [investment, as in Individual Savings Account] + {compan}Y
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