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Crossword 4 - May 2020

My fourth crossword was produced during lockdown. I found it tough to be in the right mood for clue writing at first but persevered and ended up with this.

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8 Bleach tea? Eliot was troubled (8) ETIOLATE (TEA ELIOT)* "troubled" as an anagram indicator
9 Puff piece in time to publish (5) PRINT PR [puff piece] IN T [time]
10 Bacon from butcher’s Pekingese (4) SPEK Hidden answer in butcher's Pekingese
11 Pine over German book on last pair of Schmidt’s machines (10) TREBUCHETS An envelope [over] of TREE [pine] around BUCH [Geman for book] with last two letters of Schmidt's for seige machines
14 Suspension of a Turkish governor losing head at ball (8) ABEYANCE Charade of A BEY [Turkish governor] dANCE losing its head (first letter)
15 Current short story about island (7) THERMAL Envelope of TALe without its last letter [short story] around HERM [a channel island]
17 Team takes lesson about quiet creatures (7) SPIDERS SIDE [team] with RS [religious studies; a lesson] about P [quiet]
20, 24d, 12 Old fellow with firm criticises college before university of life (6,2,4,6) SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS O [old] F [Fellow] HARD [firm] KNOCKS [criticises] with SCHOOL [college] before it all
22 Infer journalist involved with leader in Rome (6) DEDUCE ED [crossword's favourite journalist] in [involved with] DUCE [Italian leader e.g. Mussolini]
23 Amateurs wielded these for first match with scorecard confusingly (10) CAMCORDERS (SCORECARD M)* An anagram [confusingly] of M [first match] and SCORECARD
24 Room delivered loot (4) HAUL If you say hall outloud [delivered] it sounds like HAUL
25 A few trees manage to surround first sycamore (5) COPSE COPE [manage] surrounding S [first letter of sycamore]
26 Hard left keep you near toilet! (3,5) THE TROTS Double definition: Hard left could be THE TROTS and diarrohea would keep you near the toilet
1 In a tight spot put a pin in at church (2,1,5) AT A PINCH Charade of A PIN in AT CH [church]
2 Black’s 20 pitch (4) ROCK Jack Black was in school of [20] ROCK
3 Company down under gives Queen and worker top marks (6) QANTAS Charade of Q [Queen] ANT [worker] "As" [top marks]
4 Interstate: Democrat taken in by price initially rallies against loss (7) FEDERAL FEE [price] taking in D [democrat] then first letters of Rallies Against Loss
5 Tidy tree at university (6,2) SPRUCE UP SPRUCE [tree] UP [at university]
6 Overbearing at bank robbery perhaps? (4-6) HIGH-HANDED Cryptic definition: If you're in a bank whilst it's being robbed they might tell you to "Stick 'em up" so you'd be HIGH-HANDED which is also overbearing. (stop groaning in the back there!)
7 At rest enthusiast missed fantastic explosion (6) STATIC fan(TASTIC)* An anagram of TASTIC which is FAN [enthusiast] taken off FANTASTIC
13 Double vehicle good for French policeman and bobby at last (6,4) CARBON COPY CAR [vehicle] BON [good in French] COP [policeman] Y [bobbY's last letter]
16 Cause of irritation to everyone with right gene therapy (8) ALLERGEN ALL [everyone] (R GENE)* An anagram [therapy] of R [right] with GENE
18 Curate’s mad to take Queen’s equipment for games (8) RACQUETS (CURATES Q)* An anagram of CURATE'S with Q [queen]
19 Performs about very loud piece of exhibition with results (7) AFFECTS ACTS [performs] around FF [very loud] and the first letter of Exhibition
21 Try lane in London without lines (6) CHANCE CHANCE[ry] lane without RY [railway; lines]
22 Served lost woman first (6) DISHED DI [woman first] SHED [lost]