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Times 25441

I struggled a bit with this missing some gifts along the way but got there in the end in a couple of minutes over the hour. I didn't know the family tree and the French writer eluded me until the very end but otherwise it all seems quite straightforward in retrospect so I'll put my difficulties down to blogger's nerves (again).


Across
1 TRUMPERY - TRUMPEt,ReallY
5 SCALES - dd
10 ASTIR - ASTI,cellaR
11 PROXIMATE - OX (beef) inside PRIMATE (man)
12 WARHORSES - Hearts,OR,Spades (choice of suits), inside WARES (merchandise)
13 EGHAM - EatinG,HAM
14 REALISE - RE, vALISE
16 DOO-WOP - PrOm, WOOD all reversed. Sir Henry Wood founded the Proms in 1895. No doo-wop in his day of course but I dare say it has probably turned up there in recent years.
18 ADRIFT - A,Daughter,RIFT(fault)
20 DISSENT - Djibouti,IS,SENT
22 OMEGA - O, M, AGE reversed
23 YELLOWFIN - LOW (down) in FINELY*
25 SPIRITUAL - Southern, Plantation, Involving, RITUAL (religious activity)
26 PUTTO - PUT (posed),TiepolO
27 THE END - THE E (you), caN, reaD
28 CHEYENNE - Sounds like "shy Anne". The native American tribe.


Down
1 TEAMWORK - WORM* inside TEAK (wood)
2 UTTER - pUTTER
3 PERSONIFICATION - (CAPONE IS IN FOR IT)*
4 RIPOSTE - OST (East in German) inside RIPE (ready)
6 CRIME DOES NOT PAY - (ECONOMIST PRAYED)* - Edit: Thanks to Andy B for pointing out that I abbreviated the negative in error.
7 LOATHSOME - LO, then Snowman inside AT HOME (comfortable)
8 STEMMA - STEM (stop), MA (old lady). A new word on me.
9 DOUSED - DO (note), USED (not new)
15 ANDRÉ GIDE - AND (as well as), REG1cIDE.
17 STANHOPE - (ONES PATH)*
19 THYMUS - Hidden
20 DELILAH - L (lake) inside HAILED (called) reversed
21 COSSET - CO (care of), TESS (girl) reversed
24 FUTON - P/FUT ON
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