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Chalicea delights once again with another themed crossword. In today’s puzzle all of the down answers are either palindromes (words that read the same if read upwards as well as downwards) semordnilaps (words that make another word if read upwards).
9 To beg for space, time and right to consume (7)
ENTREAT – A two letter word for a printer’s space followed by the abbreviations for time and right and a word meaning to consume.
10 Exhilarate and fill with optimism about English sign of victory (7)
ELEVATE – A word meaning to fill with optimism about the abbreviation for English and a sign used by Churchill to signify victory.
11 Peculiar barcode for heavy silk patterned fabric (7)
BROCADE – An anagram (peculiar) of BARCODE.
13 Miser‘s ludicrous valuables (but mostly lost!) (4-3)
SAVE-ALL –An anagram (ludicrous) of VALUABLES after removing the B and U (but mostly lost).
14 Leading performer casually trashes romantic notions (9)
STARDUSTS – Another word for the leading performer in a production followed by an informal (casually) word for trashes.
15 Swindles men (5)
ROOKS – A double definition, the second being men on a chess board.
16 Made request for new rope ladders pals deviously removed (7)
ORDERED – An anagram (new) of ROPE LADDERS after removing the letters in PALS. The deviously is a subsidiary anagram indicator telling us that the letters in PALS are not in the same order when removed from the main letters.
18 Regularly delivers on order lots of full, wide skirts (7)
DIRNDLS – The regular letters (in this case not every other letter) in DELIVERS ON ORDER LOTS.
21 Swarm around inferior tenor (5)
TROOP – Reverse (around) a word meaning inferior and follow it with the abbreviation for tenor.
23 Roughly vetted, Sir, in trial run (4,5)
TEST DRIVE – An anagram (roughly) of VETTED SIR.
24 Publicity for film involved artier bit of licence (7)
TRAILER – An anagram (involved) of ARTIER followed by the first letter (bit of) of licence.
25 One time partner, rather bulky in form; warning to others! (7)
EXAMPLE – A two letter word for a former partner followed by a word meaning bulky in form.
28 Paula with top bits stripped off, naked in Siberia’s old Verkhneudinsk (4-3)
ULAN-UDE – Remove the first two letters (top bits) removed followed by a word meaning naked.
29 Thrills of Italy’s capital recollected in starts now and then (7)
TREMORS – Reverse (recollected) the capital city of Italy and include this in the even letters (now and then) of STARTS.
1 Originally become easily everyone’s best Auntie (4)
BEEB – The initial letters (originally) of the second to fifth letters in the clue.
2 Sent back too much old essential oil (4)
OTTO – The abbreviation for over the top (too much) and the abbreviation of old all reversed (sent back).
3 One who gives in recognition of services concerning jailor (8)
REWARDER – A two letter word meaning concerning followed by another for a jailor.
4 Suffering emotional pain throwing up chocolate mousses, for example (8)
STRESSED – Reverse (throwing up) the course of a meal of which chocolate mousses are an example.
5 With Assistant Secretary gone, calculates value of obsolete taxes (6)
SESSES – A word meaning calculates the value of with the abbreviation for Assistant Secretary removed from the beginning.
6 English Bible translation for fellow with foot on accelerator (6)
REVVER – The abbreviation for Revised English Version (one of the English translations of the bible) followed by an abbreviation for version (translation).
7 American uncle with plant having shape of winged seed (8)
SAMAROID – The American uncle personified as a symbol of the country followed by the name given to any plant of the lily family.
8 Reportedly trades in old seats (6)
SELLES – A homophone (reportedly) of sells (trades in).
12 Nonsense supported by other ranks in revolving bar (5)
ROTOR – A three letter for nonsense over (support by) the abbreviation for other ranks.
17 Plays involving one of Zeus’s lovers; picture series representing continuous scenes (8)
DIORAMAS – A six letter word for plays includes (involving) a two letter name of one of Zeus’s lovers.
18 Stressed about sweets (8)
DESSERTS – Reverse (about) the stressed from the clue.
19 One who makes second draft engineers boxlike piece of furniture (8)
REDRAWER – The abbreviation for Royal Engineers followed by a box like piece of furniture in which things are stored.
20 Smooth out low-lying area (in Somerset maybe) (5)
LEVEL – A double definition, the send usually being used in the plural for the areas that often flood.
21 Egyptian boy king repeated expression of disapproval (3-3)
TUT-TUT – Repeat the diminutive name for the boy-king of Egypt.
22 Halt physical exercise, raising self to overhead beam (4,2)
PULL UP – Double definition, the second being defined by all but the first letter of the clue.
23 Master returning holds ring from dog’s collar (6)
TERRET – The answer is hidden in (holds) MASTER RETURNS.
26 Exhaust North American simpleton (4)
POOP – Double definition the second being an Americanism.
27 Actual existence within Angles’ settlement (4)
ESSE – The answer is hidden (within) in ANGLES SETTLEMENT.