Toughie No 1337 by Shamus
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I was among those who had the great pleasure of meeting Shamus at Saturday's wonderful birthday bash for this blog, at which he mentioned that today's puzzle would be one of his. Disappointingly, three days later the money still hasn't arrived so I'm going to have to give it an honest review. This was an enjoyable solve, with a nice range of clue types of very varying difficulty.
1a Haste shown in leading policeman's area (8)
DISPATCH The abbreviation of senior police officer (with apostrophe) plus a word for an area of land or territory.
9a Bear visa abroad, being smooth? The opposite (8)
ABRASIVE An anagram of (abroad) BEAR VISA.
10a Sign of injury about to be bandaged by sister (4)
SCAR A two-letter abbreviation meaning about or approximately inside (bandaged by) the abbreviation for the title of sister in a religious order.
11a Set to travel in wake of legal event like a thriller? (6-6)
ACTION-PACKED A word meaning ready for a holiday or trip follows (in wake of) a legal suit or proceedings.
13a Crack member of duo, Irish, carrying almost relieved expression (8)
DECIPHER The name of one of a famous duo of TV presenters, followed by the two-letter abbreviation for Irish around (carrying) an expression of relief minus its last letter (almost).
15a Man on board that is untested type (6)
ROOKIE A chess piece or man plus the two letters standing for that is in Latin.
16a Case containing sharp objects found in the Tuileries (4)
ETUI The type of word that a good setter makes sure is gettable even if, like me, you've never heard of it. An ornamental case for needles etc. is hidden inside THETUILERIES.
17a Aware of four being cuddled by peer (5)
PRIVY Four in Roman numerals goes inside (cuddled by) a verb meaning to peer or snoop.
18a Completed deliveries (4)
OVER A very straightforward double definition, in which the second part refers to six balls delivered by a bowler in cricket.
20a Element from contralto and ordinary bass singer mostly (6)
COBALT The one-letter abbreviations of contralto, ordinary and bass, then all but the last letter (almost) of yet another musical voice.
21a Drug first to last taken with unchanged stress (8)
EMPHASIS The plant from which cannabis is derived, with the first letter moved to the end, plus a short phrase meaning unchanged or unaltered.
23a Be open to risk in Promethean drama? (4,4,4)
PLAY WITH FIRE The solution suggests a piece of theatre concerning Prometheus's gift to humankind in Greek myth.
26a Mention of Welsh footballer in security (4)
BAIL A sum of money lodged to secure release from custody sounds like (mention of) the surname of a Welshman who plays for Real Madrid.
27a Scattered group support revolutionary men in resort (8)
DIASPORA A word for support or assistance, reversed (revolutionary), and followed by one of those crosswordy abbreviations for soldiers inside a word for a health resort.
28a At ease with broadcasting involving a new unknown character (8)
RELAXING A word for broadcasting in which one algebraic symbol for an unknown is replaced by another.
2d Popular police force department episode (8)
INCIDENT A charade of popular, a detective branch of the police, and a hospital department.
3d Aim IRA partly devised for one of its members (12)
PARAMILITARY An anagram (devised) of AIM IRA PARTLY.
4d Chide companion showing nervous habit (6)
TWITCH A verb (new to me) meaning chide or reproach followed by the abbreviation of Companion of Honour.
5d Glittering aura found among rich a lot (4)
HALO The solution is hidden inside RICHALOT.
6d Characteristic for a Tory to want gold? (8)
PROPERTY For or in favour of, a in the sense of for each, and TORY from the clue after subtracting the heraldic colour gold.
7d Son, type that's brief (4)
SILK ...a (senior) barrister. The abbreviation for son followed by a word meaning type, sort or kind.
8d Countryside worker touring areas separately in cap, say (8)
HEADGEAR A rural occupation into which the abbreviation for area is inserted twice in different positions.
12d Leading figure in row about lake being sited in wild beach -- too twee (9-3)
CHOCOLATE BOX The rowing team member who steers the boat goes round an anagram (wild) of BEACH TOO into which the abbreviation for Lake is inserted.
14d Fish reported in rear (5)
RAISE A verb meaning to rear or lift sounds like (reported) certain fish in the plural.
16d Prank ceased possibly blocked by the old man (8)
ESCAPADE An anagram (possibly) of CEASED goes round a word for the old man or Dad.
17d Criminal got fit after exercising? Raise absurd objection (8)
PETTIFOG An anagram (criminal) of GOT FIT goes after the school subject of gym or sports.
19d Measure taken as a last resort by letter? (8)
EVICTION Cryptic definition of an extreme course of legal action by a property landlord.
22d Border in China typifying some fear? (6)
PRIMAL A word for border or lip inside a word for China in the Cockney Rhyming Slang sense of a friend or mate (China plate).
24d A boozer mounts horse (4)
ARAB The A from the clue followed by a drinking establishment in reverse (mounts).
25d Judge in this place, we're told (4)
HEAR To judge or try a legal case is a homophone (we're told) of a word meaning in this place.
20a and 14d were this solver's picks. What were yours?
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