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Sunday Times 4972 by David McLean

13:07. I have left it very late to blog this, so I'd better just get on with it. I thought this was a lovely puzzle. Not hard, but I struggled for perhaps five minutes over 25ac before realising it was an &Lit.

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




Across
1 He daren’t put out a party girl
ADHERENT - (HE DARENT)*. A political party, of course. Good use of unconscious sexual stereotypes in the service of misdirection!
5 Cut close to nose’s hard to endure
SEVERE - SEVER, nosE.
9 Resort opening following strikes
RAMSGATE - RAMS, GATE.
10 Touch of worry with second son
CARESS - CARE, S, S.
12 Are papers with Rolling Stone?
WATER SAPPHIRE - (ARE PAPERS WITH)*.
14 Bloody excellent in an unusual way
RARE - DD.
15 Trend suave criminal exploits
ADVENTURES - (TREND SUAVE)*.
17 The divestment game?
STRIP POKER - CD.
19 I’m told one might long for a port
ACRE - sounds like ‘acher’.
22 Deepest affections for A&R?
HEART OF HEARTS - because the middle letters (hearts) of ‘hearts’ are…
24 Twin reviews news chief praised
LAUDED - reversal of DUAL, ED.
25 Singer in company, soprano ultimately?
CASTRATO - CAST(RAT), sopranO. Brilliant.
26 Rather attractive
PRETTY - DD.
27 Choppers seen out in middle of night?
DENTURES - CD, and a rather obvious one.
Down
1 One indicating informer is a plant
ARROWGRASS - ARROW (one indicating), GRASS. We had a rat singing just a couple of clues ago, now we have a GRASS doing the same thing.
2 Troll drawing in young lady’s a beast
HAMSTER - HA(MS)TER. ‘Troll’ here being the variety that is unpleasant on social media rather than the kind that hides under bridges waiting to be fooled by billy-goats. I’m not sure about MS: I thought the whole idea of the term was to avoid disclosing information about age and/or marital status.
3 Way in which Fury raised concern
REGARD - R(EGAR)D*.
4 Basic facts? Fresh buns don’t last!
NUTS-AND-BOLTS - (BUNS DON’T LAST)*.
6 Thin spies probing European pal
EMACIATE - E, MA(CIA)TE.
7 Say I use blindfolds?
EYEWEAR - homophone of ‘I’, WEAR.
8 Don't start contract for lack of labour
EASE - lEASE.
11 Perhaps some Brownie in child’s play (1,5,2,4)
A PIECE OF CAKE - this is almost a double definition, but the first part is ambiguous so I’m calling it wordplay.
13 Slurs like folk drinking drop of IPA
ASPERSIONS - AS, PERS(Ipa)ONS. I love an IPA. I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in Cornwall recently and Proper Job is one of my favourite beers.
16 Dad upset mum? That’s obvious!
APPARENT - reversal of PA, PARENT. Statement of fact much of the time…
18 Move as rivers overwhelm English hotel
REHOUSE - R (E, H), OUSE. The rivers here are one abbreviation and one actual river, which appears very frequently in crosswords for obvious reasons.
20 My voice enthrals southern pirate
CORSAIR - COR (my), S, AIR. Give voice to = give public expression to = give air to. A bit oblique but kosher I think.
21 Get lost in rhythm with no boundaries
BEAT IT - BEAT (rhythm), wITh.
23 Make-up friends brought around
SLAP - reversal of PALS.
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