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Posted by Simon Harris on December 9th, 2012

Simon Harris.

After a fairly brisk start, this became quite a tough puzzle for me. Still, the usual top qualty crossword with lots of interesting words.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
1 MOBSTERM + [l]OBSTER.
6 SAUGH – (HUGS A)*.
10 DIRECTORY – DIRE + C + TORY.
11 REALLY – [debat]E in RALLY.
13 RALLENTANDO – (ALL in RENT) + (A DON)*.
14 OTICO + TIC.
16 VISIT – VIS + IT.
17 WAVERING – AVER in WING.
20 UP-TO-DATE – DOT< in (U + PATE).
23 QUERY – QU[e]ER + Y.
24 MNAS – [sole]MN AS[sitant].
25 UNIMPORTANT – (PORT in MAN) in UNIT.
27 AMBITSMB in [w]AITS.
28 SLUGGABED – (G + GAB)< in SLUED.
29 HITHE – HIT + HE. Familiar from place names such as Rotherhithe.
30 LANUGOS – LA + (GO in NUS.
Down
1 MARROW-SQUASH – (ROWS + QUA) in MARSH.
2 OMERTA – [the]ATRE M[ostly]<.
3 BRAAIVLEIS – VARIABLE* + IS. Having had countless South African colleagues over the years, being familiar with the shortened term “braai” gave me a start here.
4 TILLER – LL in TIER.
5 REMNANTS – MAN* in RENTS. The “in tears” makes for a nice misdirection.
6 SCAT – dd. Seemingly a fairly plain freshwater tropical fish.
7 ATTAINA + TT + [v]AIN.
8 GRADIN – RAD in GIN.
9 HYPOTHESISES – (SHE IS SHY POET)*.
12 INSPANNING – IN + ((PAN + N) in SIGN*).
15 SIPHONALHO in {PLAN IS)*.
18 JUNGLI – Carl JUNG + L + I.
19 ARMAGH – ARM + AGH[a].
21 OSTMENOS + (M in TEN).
22 TATTOO – TAT + TOO.
26 PAGE – dd.

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