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Sunday Times 4465 (25 Dec 2011) - Merry Christmas

Solving time: About 48 mins with 1 mistake.

Many thanks, first of all, to PB for letting me have an advance copy of this puzzle so I didn't have to spend too much of my Christmas Day blogging.

I thought we might see something of a festive nature today, but apparently not. This seems a pretty standard Tim Moorey offering. The clues seem to be generally of a good standard as you would expect. My one mistake was in 3d.

cd = cryptic def., dd = double def., rev = reversal, homophones are written in quotes, anagrams as (--)*, and removals like this

Across
1VITUPERATE = (ITV REPEAT)* about U
6S(L)OW - One of my last in. I was expecting a homophone and failed to look past that possibility.
9hARROW
10SWISS ROLL - cd
12NORFOLK BROADS = (LOOK FOR + S + BRAND)* - although the anagrist was awkward to pick out, so I had to reverse engineer it.
14STOPOVER = OVER after POTS rev
15HOOD + O/O
17CAD(D + I)S
19DANSEUSE = (SUDANESE)*
21ONE-NIGHT STAND = (SNOG AND THEN IT)* - lovely anagram. The first part would probably have worked on its own as an &lit.
24A + D + MISSION
25TURBOt
26HART = "HEART" - Lorenz Hart was best known for his collaboration with Richard Rodgers which produced many classic songs like Blue Moon and The Lady is a Tramp.
27MYSTERIOUS = (ITEM'S YOURS)*
Down
1VEAL - hidden in haVE A Lot
2TORONTO = ONTO (aware of) after TORn
3POWER POLITICS - cd - Not being familiar with the phrase, I went for POWER POLICIES, but I probably should have got it.
4RE + STORE + R
5unintelligenT + HICK - &lit - although 'bumpkin' doesn't really seem to form part of the definition, so I'm not convinced it quite works. But it's Christmas so I won't quibble.
7LEONARD = (ONE)* in LARD - My last in. It took me an age to work out the wordplay here. Very well disguised & my COD.
8WELL-SPOKEN = PEN (writer) about OK (in order) after WELLS (cathedral city)
11SERIOUS MATTER = (MORTUARIES SET)*
13PSYCHO + PATH
16MASSENET = (TAMENESS)*
18DREAMER = RE in (ARMED)*
20UNDERGO - hidden in foUNDER GOing
22HAIRY = (RIYAdH)*
23OOPS = cO-OPS without the prime (first) letter. This one was so obvious, it took me an age to see it!
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