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A slightly strange grid with 20 across clues and only 16 down and hence quite a number of 4 letter words.

This puzzle appeared on 29th March which was Ximenes' birthday and I have two queries arising from the application of his rules. The first is minor where at 25A my Chambers does not support the padding phrase "for the croft" - possibly it's in the very latest edition. My second is at 6D where, if I'm reading the clue properly, I can't make the wording work. All explanations welcome.


Across
1CARABID - RAC reversed - A-BID; a real beetle, not the car;
7ILEA - hidden I(so)L(at)E(d-c)A(se);
10OTAKU - (out)* surrounds A-K(eyboard); Japanese computer geeks;
11NOONERS - NO-ONE-RS; lust at lunchtime (congess=sexual relations);
12STEGODONT - STE(GO-DON)T; bet=GO; extinct mammal;
13FRAB - FR-AB(out); worry;
16PITIER - P(IT)IER;
17PYONER - P(YON)ER; PER=person; that=YON; old word for pioneer;
18PRIAL - P-RIAL; good hand in brag;
19UGLI - UG-LI(ke); old word for loathe=UG; fruit producer;
21NENE - NE-NE; old word for not=NE; rare bird;
22CADIE - CA-DIE; about=CA; old porter in Perth;
23OBERON - (borneo)*; moon of Uranus;
25ICKERS - (p)ICKERS; my Chambers just gives "ear of corn" as definition - nothing about "for the croft";
27ISIS - (cr)ISIS; crown=cr;
29HORS,LA,LOI - HORS(e)-LALO-I; heroin=horse; French composer=LALO; independent=I; outlawed in Ostend;
30LYOMERI - LYO(n)-MERI; club=MERI;
31UTTER - (b)UTTER; baron=b;
32ESTS - EST-S; special=S; awareness programmes;
33FOSTERS - two meanings cobber;
 
Down
1COOF - C(O-O)F; centre-forward=CF; over=O; stupid in Sterling;
2ATTRITE - A-TT-R-ITE(m); dry=TT; run=R (cricket); marmelize in Mildenhall;
3RABATINES - RABAT-(l)INES; old collars;
4BUTTER-COOLER - B-UTTER-COOLER; bravo=B (phonetic alphabet); can=prison=COOLER;
5INEBRIANT - I(nquiry)-N(ot)-E(nough)-BR-I-AN-(Chilco)T; indeed=I; heady is definition;
6BOOTYLICIOUS - I think this is (is absolutely cooing)* minus "gals" and "ne" from (o)ne; what is "such" doing?; how does the clue work? what is the definition - it means a girl with a nice arse;
7INDY - (w)INDY:
8ERNIE - ER(N)IE; nationalist=N;
9ASTERIDS - (disaster)*; see Asterias in Chambers;
14SPADILLIO - SPA-DILL-I-O; the ace of spades;
15ANGLESITE - ANGLE-SITE;
16PINOCHLE - PIN(OC-HL)E; OC=Officer Commanding; HL=House of Lords; long=PINE; a card game;
20L-DRIVER - L(DR)IVER;
24BUOYS - sounds like "boys" who are traditionally dressed in blue when babies;
26ISMS - I-SMS;
28SARS - S(e)ARS;
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Solving time : 30 minutes

This is my first analysis and I have been dreading getting the hardest puzzle in twenty years.
In the event it's relatively straightforward but with several homophones, which are not my favourite type of clue because they don't always work in your particular accent. For me there are no outstanding clues but 13 acrooss and 2 down are quite good.


Across
1BUCCANEER - sounds like "Buchan" + sounds like "here"
9WILDCAT - again so soon. Two meanings.
10INVADER - (t)IN-VA-DER
11SHAKE - two meanings
12NICOTIANA - (inaction + a)* proper name for tobacco
13DAILY - DALLY with "L" turned to "I"
14ENTRAMMEL - (lament + mre)* mre from m(a)r(k)e(d)
17MINNESOTA - M-INNE-SOT-A Inne is olde worlde. On edit - should be M-INN-E-SOT-A see blogs
18TAKEN - TA-KEN "ken" is Scots for knowledge
19SUSPENDED - refers to suspended sentence
22RIPON - RIP = scam but with ON rather than OFF
24ECHIDNA - E-CHID-NA the anteater CHID in (p)ENA(l)
25OIL CAKE - OIL(y) + CAKE = set as in mud cakes
27ELSEWHERE - E-LSE-WHERE E=English, LSE=London Scholl of Economics, WHERE sounds like "Wear"
 
Down
1BOWLS - two meanings
2COLLATION - COL-LATI-O-N COL = officer, O= o(rdered) in LATIN
3ARCHETYPE - ARCHE(r) + TYPE
5RAIN CATS AND DOGS - (conga is standard)*
6RIVET - (p)RIVET
7MEDIA - two meanings (reference the Medes)
8TARPAULIN - TAR + PAULIN(e)
13DAMASCENE - two meanings, from Damascus and putting gold onto Toledo swords
15AFTERGLOW - (great wolf)*
16MAKE PEACE - homophone for William MAKEPEACE Thackeray
21ENDOW - hidden word (m)en do w(ithout)
23NIECE - seems like a straight non-cryptic definition. On edit - paper clue is different. NI-E-CE see blogs
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Solving time : 20 minutes

This is for me to learn and test

I found this one very easy

Across
1MOUNTAINEERING - cryptic definition, scale=climb
9NO COMMENT - exactly
10SHAM-E
11ENV-O-Y
12HUNDREDTH - two very similar definitions
13B-EL-LP-ULL
15CA-R-NAL r=rex=king
17SAT-IRE
19TAMENESS -(massenet)*
22NA-R-RAT-IVE
23P-APE-R - P(ress) R(elease) holding APE=copy
24SNIPE - two definitions. The word "perhaps" seems superfluous
25PR-I-VAT-IZE - I is symbol for electric current
26THAT'LL BE THE DAY - (deathly battle + h)*
 
Down
1MONKEY BUSINESS - concern=business, howler is type of monkey
2UN-CIVIL
3T-(d)UMMY
4ICE SHELF
5(s)EXTANT
6R-E-SURF-ACE - RACE =strong current
7NE-AS-DEN - area of London familiar to Private Eye devotees
8KEYHOLE SURGERY - cryptic definition
14PAR-RAKE-E-T - RAKE=lean over within PARE=reduce + T(ravel)
16BAKE-LITE - my first toy I can remember was made of Bakelite
18TARNISH - (Hasn't RI)*
20E-MP-TIED
21DISPEL - (slipped minus one p)*
23PEA-C-H - as H&C running water
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Solving time : time minutes

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Across
1clue analysis1a
5clue analysis2a
8clue analysis3a
9clue analysis4a
 
Down
2clue analysis1d
3clue analysis2d
5clue analysis3d
6clue analysis4d
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Solving time : 45 minutes

1 SUN=newspaper TRAP= sheltered place9 IN=favoured GENERAL=strategist2 (things)*
Across
5 queen=female cat WILDCAT is an oilwell
 
Down
1 SHIN(D)Y
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