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No illustrations today as I have three services to attend and am in the middle of grandchild sitting – one asleep beside me and the other running around determined to make enough noise to wake the other one up!
6 Retired Rabbi unnecessarily admits zip malfunction (5)
ENNUI – The answer is hidden (admits) and reversed (retired) in RABBI UNNECESSARILY.
7 Auntie’s got a problem with this match fee (5,3)
EQUAL PAY – Another word for match and another word for fee to give a gender related remuneration issue that is being highlighted by the fees paid at the BBC (Auntie).
10 Boyfriend once caught carrying can for living in the past (7)
EXTINCT – A two letter prefix for a former boyfriend and the abbreviation for caught include (carrying) another word for a can.
11 Foreign character contracted to probe alleged scandal in newspaper (7)
GAZETTE – The Greek character for Z in English with the final letter removed (contracted) inside (to probe) a four letter word often used to represent a scandal in the press (after Watergate).
12 American cedar chopped up to make crate? (4-3)
USED CAR – The abbreviation for United States (American) followed by an anagram (chopped up) of CEDAR.
13 Subject of selfie with 19? Not quite! (3,4)
VAN GOGH – A cryptic definition of the artist who cut of one of his ears and painted a self-portrait with his bandaged ear.
14 Four courses? (1,6,4)
A SQUARE MEAL – Cryptic definition of a filling meal by reference to a four sided shape.
19 Concentrating hard when guarding student king (3,4)
ALL EARS – A two letter word meaning when around (guarding) the abbreviation for student and a four letter Shakespearean king.
21 With due respect coach is leader only until competition resumes (4,3)
PACE CAR – A four letter Latin word meaning with due respect and a three letter word for a railway carriage or coach.
23 Function in Britain and Germany as net contributor (7)
BLOGGER – A three letter word for a mathematical function inside the single letter abbreviation for Britain and the three letter abbreviation or Germany.
25 With wound covered judge takes over from first of September (7)
INJURED – A seven letter word meaning covered in terms of fire, theft, etc with the first letter of September being replaced by the abbreviation for judge.
26 Scientist joins copper to unmask young trooper (3,5)
CUB SCOUT – The chemical symbol for copper followed by the abbreviation for Bachelor of Science and a three letter word meaning to unmask.
27 Sweet-talk grasping father to go for a drink (5)
LATTE – A seven letter word meaning to sweet-talk someone with the abbreviation for father removed (one letter from the front and one letter from the back.
1 All articles in English anticipate academic denunciation (8)
ANATHEMA – An A, AN and THE (all articles in English) followed by (anticipate) the abbreviation for Master of Arts (academic).
2 Opt for porridge and shed two kilos – it’s a doddle (6)
PICNIC – A four letter word meaning choose or opt for and a four letter word for a prison each with a K removed from the end (shed two kilos).
3 One losing all week at Royal Ascot may have experienced such (6,4)
BETTER DAYS – Cryptic definition in several senses.
4 Neat product, good after dark (4)
DUNG – A three letter word meaning dark followed by the abbreviation for good.
5 President‘s found alternative backing (6)
CASTRO – A four letter word meaning found (in the metal working sense of the word) followed by a reversal (backing) of a word expressing an alternative.
6 Tour of France broadcast’s something to behold (6)
EYEFUL – A homophone (broadcast) of the name of a famous French tower (tour of France).
8 Tablet constructed by religious school in assorted bits of Lego (7)
LOZENGE – The name of a Buddhist religious school inside an anagram (assorted bits of) of LEGO.
9 Foolishly lied about husband’s capital (5)
DELHI – An anagram (foolishly) of LIED around the abbreviation for husband.
13 Grapple with head’s policies (10)
VIEWPOINTS – A three letter word meaning to grapple followed by the abbreviation for with and a five letter word for a head of land with the S from the ’s at the end.
15 Appointed bodies question Apple’s first duff Operating System (7)
QUANGOS – A two letter abbreviation for question followed by the first letter (repetition radar alert) of Apple, the abbreviation for no good and the abbreviation for operating system.
16 Produce nourishment for young Queen for first time in distress (8)
LACERATE – A seven letter word meaning producing breast milk with the first T replaced by the abbreviation for the current queen.
17 West gets to grips with revolutionary times perhaps (5)
MAYBE – The first name of the film actress whose surname was west included (gets to grips with) a reversal (revolutionary) of a two letter word meaning times in the sense of multiplication.
18 French papers, say, turned up in place of the milk (6)
FRIDGE – A two letter word abbreviation for French followed by a two letter word for papers and a reversal (turned up) of a two letter abbreviation for say or for example.
20 Call on Google to improve (4,2)
LOOK UP –
Tripe Triple definition, the first meaning to visit, the second to search for something on-line and third meaning to get better.
22 Persuade little woman to split cold beer (6)
CAJOLE – A diminutive form of Josephine (little worman) inside (to split) the abbreviation for cold and a three letter word for beer
24 Rush to run over before green light (4)
ROOK -The abbreviation for run and over followed by a two letter word meaning to give the green light to something.