Toughie No 1258 by Dada
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More back-pager than Toughie, but nicely done.
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1a Money deposited in bank in the last few days (8)
RECENTLY A monetary unit goes inside (deposited in) a verb meaning to bank or depend.
5a Tablet showing dirty film (6)
PLAQUE A commemorative stone is also the layer of grime that forms on your teeth.
9a Father paying a landlord for a tough job? (9)
PARENTING A short word for father plus a word for paying for accommodation as opposed to owning it.
11a Deliberate, putting nag's head in beef, say? (5)
MEANT The first letter (head) of Nag inside the kind of food that beef is an example of.
12a Inferior company hoarding pile (6)
CHEAPO The abbreviation for company goes round (hoarding) a pile or mound.
13a Fixer -- someone hanging salesman out to dry? (8)
REPAIRER The solution suggests someone who does to a sales agent what you more commonly do with wet clothes.
15a Bishop partial to a bottle of rum taking every piece in board game? (5,8)
TABLE FOOTBALL An anagram of (rum) the first letter of (partial) Bishop and A BOTTLE OF, followed by (taking) a word meaning every piece or the entirety of (something).
18a Tense Utopian vision? (6,7)
FUTURE PERFECT A grammatical tense suggests a dream of what life will be like one day.
22a A man tied in knots is living (8)
ANIMATED An anagram of (in knots) A MAN TIED.
23a Fashionable -- bound to be dance music (3-3)
HIP-HOP Fashionable or trendy plus to bound or skip.
26a Disputed region heading for trouble, I'm certain (5)
TIBET The first letter of (heading for) Trouble plus a short phrase meaning I'm certain or I'll wager.
27a Dropped underwear in language centre (4,5)
LEFT BRAIN Dropped or rejected, an item of underwear, and IN from the clue.
28a Anarchy from one of twelve on the border (6)
MAYHEM One of the twelve months goes before (on) a kind of stitched edge of cloth.
29a Cow pound on ridge (8)
BROWBEAT ... into submission. To pound or pummel goes after (on) a ridge of a hill or forehead.
1d Criticise a business centre for greed (8)
RAPACITY To criticise or knock, A from the clue, and the financial centre of the UK.
2d Witch left out of ring (5)
CIRCE ... an enchantress in Greek mythology. The shape of a ring minus Left.
3d Standing joke among lone characters in baseball team, say? (7)
NONUPLE ... or any other group of nine. A joke or play on words, reversed (standing), goes inside an anagram (characters) of LONE.
4d Cut of meat making stomach churn in cat? (4)
LOIN One of the big cats with its two inner letters toggled (making stomach churn).
6d Hit off a dance (7)
LAMBADA To hit or collide, a word for off or rotten, and A from the clue.
ARVE Error: need id and provider
7d Dance as exercise routine's ending (9)
QUADRILLE Another dance, another charade. A formal (Latin) word for as, an exercise by repetition, and the last letter (ending) of routinE.
8d Total number, it never catches up (6)
ENTIRE A word which NUMBERITNEVER contains (catches) in reverse (up).
10d In fruit, swallow something hairy (5,3)
GREAT APE A fruit that grows in bunches goes round a word for to swallow or consume.
14d Bordello criminal? One's pressed for an answer (8)
DOORBELL An anagram of (criminal) BORDELLO.
16d Super to reel up some fish over brown, northern water (6,3)
BAFFIN BAY A reversal of (to reel up) a word for super or brill, a part of a fish, and the colour brown as applied to horse.
17d Squash that ant or fly! (4,2,2)
STEP ON IT A phrase meaning to fly or whizz sounds like a way to kill a crawling insect.
19d Little piggy keeps drink for a hot snack (7)
TOASTIE One of the little piggies who went to market goes round (keeps) an Italian wine, often sparkling.
20d The painter in front colours in the sky (7)
RAINBOW Customary crosswordese for painter, IN from the clue, and the front of a ship.
21d Pair of covers raised to reveal gong (3-3)
TAM-TAM A small floor or table covering, written twice in reverse (raised).
24d Lift bachelor's heart with prayer (5)
HEAVE The central letters (heart) of bacHElor and a Catholic prayer.
25d Wild tour without limits, miles away (4)
AFAR A wilderness expedition minus its outs letters (without limits).
Not many suspended pennies here, but plenty of nice surfaces.
2d, 3d and 21d were new to me but quickly gettable with checkers.
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