Toughie No 1457 by Shamus
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Misdirections and alternative meanings abound in this very nice puzzle from Shamus which I found more stretching than some Tuesday Toughies.
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1a Clear rustic land for development (10)
TRANSLUCID Anagram of RUSTIC LAND.
6a Sales patter giving away cold substance (4)
PITH Remove C(old) from a sales presentation.
10a Making a comeback, popular Ivorian clothing as an internet sensation (5)
VIRAL Hidden in reverse inside POPULARIVORIAN.
11a Follow work behind monarch (4,5)
TAKE AFTER A word for work or succeed (in plant grafting) + behind in nautical terminology + the Queen's initials.
12a Agent overlapping location in temporary delay (7)
RESPITE A word for agent and a word for a location, with the last letter of the first word and the initial letter of the second word toggled.
13a Support academic (not half) over speech (7)
DIALECT A word for support in reverse, then the first half of an academic position. (I don't get the word order in the clue. Can anyone help me?)
14a Runs name into online page that's altered modern education (4,8)
OPEN LEARNING R(uns) N(ame) inside an anagram of ONLINE PAGE.
18a Muddle made by criminal in heated riots destroying hotel (12)
DISORIENTATE Anagram of IN HEATED RIOTS after deleting H(otel).
21a By the sound of it, regret fat in dish (7)
ROULADE A soundalike of regret fat.
23a Educated woman to host company, then finish off Merlot and cheese (7)
RICOTTA Abbreviation for company plus (Merlo)T, all inside the title character of a film about a woman's education.
24a Delicate base for service, singular feature in airline (4,5)
BONE CHINA Singular plus a facial feature, all inside an airline known by its initials.
25a Consummate artist full of energy when cycling (5)
IDEAL E(nergy) inside the surname of a famous 20th century artist with the last letter 'cycling' round to first place.
26a Uniform in athletics competition clipped (4)
EVEN Contest in an athletics discipline minus the final letter.
27a On reflection, ponder what should be wrapped round a new present (4,3,3)
HERE AND NOW To ponder or question plus an interjection meaning 'what?', all reversed and going round A N(ew).
1d Retired priest entering function in drinking establishment (6)
TAVERN Reverse an abbreviated word for a clergyman inside a trigonometric function.
2d Seize a potter's device, we're told (6)
ARREST Soundalike of a device sometimes used when potting in snooker.
3d Policeman frets, found out in conceit (4-10)
SELF-IMPORTANCE Anagram of POLICEMAN FRETS.
4d How one might find Etna to increase danger? (2,3,4)
UP THE ANTE How a cryptic setter might indicate the word Etna.
5d Liqueur first to last has journalist disgusted (5)
IRKED The name of a liqueur with the first letter moved to the end, then a journalist n standard crosswordese.
7d Vaguely prevalent like oxygen? (2,3,3)
IN THE AIR Where oxygen is found.
8d Birth-related condition in retreat with money spent (8)
HERITAGE Delete M(oney) from a recluse's dwelling.
9d Caption rotated possibly safeguarding essential details (4,10)
DATA PROTECTION Anagram of CAPTION ROTATED.
15d Remove completely old flag that captivates postman (9)
EXTIRPATE Old or former plus a kind of flag going around a fictional postman.
16d Lovely ground abroad supported by the French (8)
ADORABLE Anagram of ABROAD + a French definite article.
17d Point in dispute about African party for promulgation (8)
ISSUANCE A matter being debated around the ruling party of South Africa.
19d Start of several on golf course, we hear, being dispersed (6)
STREWN S(everal) + a soundalike of a famous Scottish golf course.
20d Inexperienced actor (6)
CALLOW The surname of a British actor is also a word for inexperienced.
22d Cream close to exquisite and not loaded with calories (5)
ELITE (Exquisit)E + lo-cal.
I enjoyed 14a and 21a in particular. Some nice anagrams today.
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