6. Fluid germicide? It symbolizes the working man FL(A)T C(A)P (fl TCP) Azed finds a ready charade for this vowelless solution.
13. Pulpit: it provides demure Scots with odd extracts from bard MIMB(A)R (mim b(a)r(d)) Substitute ‘odd extracts’ with e.g. ‘much’, and you have a straight clue. This clue and the intersecting 8 down held Dr Watson up longest, as both pulpits were unfamiliar.
17. Method for assembling data organized to rules (B)U(BB)LE SORT (anag.) A straightforward enough anagram achieves a very satisfying surface and scores three latent letters.
18. One selling dog in expensive car? R(E)TAIL(E)R (tail in RR) Dr Watson thought the abbreviation could only be for ‘Rolls Royce’ as per Chambers, but has recently noticed more than one Range Rover on the road whose owner has splashed out on an RR plate.
32. Swirling eddies? Get clear of rim DISED(G)E (anag.) The definition have been stretched more than a little to create a plausible surface, but the anagram is very neat.
1. Protective appendage careless player always discarded E(A)RL(A)P (anag. less ay) The only augmented anagram in a puzzle entirely free of composite ones. Azed isn’t averse to comp. anags. in LL puzzles, as witness the winning clue to VE(S)TAL, and others in the Slips.
7. Old Roman I, not active in Hawaian parties LU(C)IUS (I for a in luaus) There are a number of notable Luciuses (Lucii?) in Rome’s history. Azed is presumably referring to Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the first Roman ruler of that name.
15. One uttering shrill cry (animal by the sound of it?) (S)CREECHER (‘creature’) The clue is quite solvable, but the question mark is well merited. Can a non-word have an agreed pronunciation? Azed believes it can, as he explains in Slip no 1394, referring to a similar clue for (S)PECTATRE(SS)E(S) that appeared in puzzle no 1387.
16. Spanish port, more reasonable by implication? SAN(T)ANDER (i.e. san and er = saner) There’s only one possible solution here, but the implication in the explanation isn’t easy to spot.
29. Divine centre of almandine in fiancé’s gift – what’s bride, typically? R(E)DD(E)NING (DD + n all in ring) One of Dowson’s words in a relatively difficult clue – unless one alights on ‘ring’ straight away. The reference is to the ‘blushing’ bride rather than the effect of an October sunset.
Across: 1. (P)E(PP)ERMINT (n I’m in tree, all rev.); 11. DENTICU(L)ATE (anag. of tide Canute); 12. LIM(E)AD(E)S (I M in lads); 14. PRE(M)IERES (ER in anag.); 21. PU(R)SE(R) (pus + E); 23. E(SS)ENE (hidden); 24. (U)NDRAWN (n Dr awn; beard vb.); 25. (N)EGATIVE (e.g. + Evita, rev.); 29. CA(L)ENTURE (anag. in cure); 31. HAD(I)TH (had Th); 33. (H)ETEROCONTS (con in anag.); 34. RE(T)RAL (r in real); 35.(F)ENG SHUI (u in anag.).
Down: 2. (L)EVIRATE (I’ve, rev. + rate); 3. MEA(L)IE (ME a i.e.); 4. INDEXLE(SS) (ex. in anag.); 5. TIME LO(A)N (ti melon); 8. TAMBOU(R)AS (ambo U in sat, rev.); 9. (O)CT(O)BER; 10. PER(S)I(S)TENT (rite in pent); 19. REVANC(H)E (E V in rance); 22. SWORD CU(T) (D in crows, rev. + U); 26. G(R)EATE(R) (e in gate); 27. (E)TC(E)T(E)RA (ct in art, rev.); 28. D(E)T(E)STS (St. in DTs); 30. (S)E(S)ELI (I lee, rev.).