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Posted by Simon Harris on March 3rd, 2013

Simon Harris.

A good and fairly tough puzzle this week. Plenty of insertions and less abbreviations than usual, I thought, which is not a complaint.

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

Across
1 SUBTERRANEAN – tubes* + (RAN in REAN).
8 ELANET – ELAN + E.T.
11 CTENE – [proje]CT EN[ergy].
12 FILBERT – (TREBL[e] + IF)<.
14 MORTAR – ORT in MAR.
15 PIROUETTED – ROUÉ in PITTED.
16 HOPLITE – LIT in HOPE.
18 GISMG + ISM.
19 APSE – [l]APSE.
20 TWEEDLE – WEED in T[a]LE.
22 ANTHERSMUT – (TRUTH MEANS)*.
24 TAKING – KIN in TAG.
27 INSTEAD – (DANTE IS)*.
28 CURIA – Cu + AIR<.
29 REPAID – REP + AID.
30 HARDSCRABBLE – (RD in ASH*) + C + RABBLE.
Down
1 SYCOPHANTISH – (ON ICY PATHS)* + SH.
2 BLETL in BET.
3 TANGO – TAN + GO.
4 REFLET – REF + LET.
5 ALLOTERY – OTTER in ALLY.
6 EVET – EVE[n]T.
7 NITROMETHANE – NIT + ROME + THANE.
8 ETHIOPIANS – (HI in (E + TOP)) + I + ANS.
9 ABREGEAB + RE + GE.
10 TRANSLUCID – (RUSTIC LAND)*.
13 QUIETNESS – (I + TENSE*) in SUQ<.
17 LENITY – (I in LENT) + Y.
21 WELDERW + ELDER.
23 SQUABS + QUA + B.
25 KSAR – (R + ASK)<.
26 CRIB – dd.

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