A Puzzle by Meles
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Our thanks to Meles for a splendid crossword and a very happy Easter to all our readers, bloggers, setters, lurkers and anyone else I have missed!
1a Daft, cowardly or like robot in the heart? Walk this way! (6,5,4)
YELLOW BRICK ROAD: An anagram (daft) of COWARDLY OR LIKE B (roBot in the heart).
9a Rush working doctor (7)
SURGEON: A five-letter word meaning rush followed by a two-letter word meaning working.
10a Playwright pens article for artist (7)
PAINTER: The name of the playwright Harold around (pens) the indefinite article.
11a Some people venerated religious figure (3)
EVE: The answer is hidden (some) of the second and third words of the clue.
12a Present method by which company infiltrated the City (6,5)
TROJAN HORSE: Cryptic definition of the present that led to the downfall of an ancient city.
13a Hedonists frolicking, why broadcast cheating? (10)
DISHONESTY: An anagram (frolicking) of HEDONIST followed by a homophone (broadcast) of why.
15a Sample bias was regularly forgotten in retrospect (4)
SWAB: A reversal (in retrospect) of the odd letters (regularly forgotten) in “bias was”.
18a Stay at the back before retiring in activity for posers? (4)
YOGA: The last letter (at the back) of yoga followed by a reversal (retiring) of a three-letter word meaning before.
20a Offer increases, sharing rupees and pounds (10)
TENDERISES: A six-letter word meaning offer ending in R and a five-letter word meaning increases beginning with an R are added together sharing the letter R (rupees) in the solution
23a Meeting criminal by roadside, initially not clandestine enough (11)
CONVERGENCE: A three-letter word for a criminal followed by a five-letter word for the roadside and the first letters (initially) of the final three words of the clue.
25a End point (3)
AIM: Double definition.
26a Great travelling around US city, in general (2,5)
AT LARGE: An anagram (travelling) of GREAT around the abbreviation for Los Angeles (US city).
27a One out of three in excursion given permit (7)
TRIPLET: A four-letter word for an excursion followed by a three-letter word meaning permit.
28a Accept defeat and put some laundry on? (5,2,3,5)
THROW IN THE TOWEL: Double definition, the second part cryptic.
1d McCartney finally ready, set to perform Beatles number (9)
YESTERDAY: The final letter of McCarney followed by an anagram (to perform) of READY SET.
2d Fat zebras oddly shunned food stores (7)
LARDERS: A four-letter word for fat followed by the even letters (oddly shunned) of zebras.
3d Went past public appearance, covering head (8)
OVERTOOK: A five-letter word for a public appearance followed by a four-letter word for appearance with the first letter omitted (covering head).
4d This activity might involve a house call? (5)
BINGO: Cryptic definition.
5d Badly timed housing scheme gets fixed (9)
IMPLANTED: An anagram (badly) of TIMED includes (housing) a four-letter word for a scheme.
6d Imagine holding good upstanding man (6)
KNIGHT: A five-letter word meaning imagine includes (holding) the abbreviation for good and is reversed (upstanding).
7d Mature beyond youth, rejecting outsiders over grand argument (7)
OUTGROW: The inner letters (rejecting outsiders) of youth followed by (over) the abbreviation for grand and a three-letter word for an argument.
8d Clear about “Angels” essentially being a mournful song (5)
DIRGE: A three-letter word meaning clear is reversed (about) and followed by the middle letters (essentially) of angels.
14d Never agree on cutting top parts off spruce? (9)
EVERGREEN: Remove the first letters (cutting top parts off) from the first three words of the clue.
16d Maybe copper‘s mates able to be corrupted? (4,5)
BASE METAL: An anagram (to be corrupted) of MATES ABLE.
17d Bonus of unrestricted talent (4,4)
FREE GIFT: A four-letter word meaning unrestricted followed by a four-letter for talent.
19d Fellow student with hesitation, becoming less aggressive (7)
GENTLER: A four-letter word for a fellow or man followed by the abbreviation for learner (student) and a two-letter word used when expressing hesitation.
21d Everyone entering theatrical production is superficial (7)
SHALLOW: A three-letter word meaning everyone inside (entering) a four-letter word for a theatrical show.
22d Bloody and sore, lay out boundaries again? (6)
REDRAW: A three-letter word meaning bloody followed by a three-letter word meaning sore.
23d Plot attraction with time not money (5)
CHART: A five-letter word meaning attraction with the final M (money) replaced by a T (time).
24d Lead characters in heist to con desperate mark (5)
NOTCH: An anagram (desperate) of HT (the initial letters (lead characters) in heist to) CON.