1. With holidays imminent, the bad weather is moving, s/ad OUTHIRE
6. This remote landscape and hill for/t a few will enjoy MAVIS
12. Where they’re not permitted to, b/old, they must move on ÉGAREMENT
13. To show that they have rhythm, m/ime on the pub tables ENRAPT
14. This is a policy the opposition would relish a bi/t GRANTA The publishing house strongly indicated in the footnote.
15. What’s a stay? Whatever is starting tos/s-up AGITPROP One of the neatest-fitting pieces of devilry in the puzzle.
16. You may ask sow/s that, to do with me HATHA This was Dr Watson’s first solve. The change of meaning is good, but the undevilled version does show through quite clearly. ‘Hatha’ is found in Chambers under the entry for ‘hatha yoga’.
18. Rumours of business malpractice make me r/ead, ‘Likely to fail’ GERAH Achieving two very fluent readings, an exemplary piece of devilry.
20. This group of WI members r/ing for a cuppa themselves UNSTEADY ‘Runs tea’ isn’t the most natural expression, but the undevilled reading creates an appealing picture.
22. Reviewer wanting an interview gives au/la (this house) THORACAL At last, a clue where the word containing the insertion point sticks out a mile. An aula is a type of hall.
25. Such birds have become ra/ce targeted by hunters RESIN Another one that yields quite readily to guesswork.
27. An editor will always maintain that his p/ries to get at the truth APERT
29. The haruspex must sacrifice: the bea/ns can be read STEREOME P.D. often needs an exotic word that encompasses two diverse subjects. In this case a haruspex is involved with both beasts and omens.
31. He needs do no vacation work though we’ve lots to give hi/m time MINTER It’s less satisfactory when the same word (‘him’) appears both before and after the solution is insterted, but it’s difficult to avoid it in every clue.
32. Food (can/ine) on the supermarket shelf SENDAL
33. Being concerned about my health, has me/t every week ANTIDOTES Another solution that slots in very neatly.
34. Is that your mat/uring? It’s time for you to go EGEST
35. We’ve assigned prisoners coming to te/ach NACELLE A change of social conscience, or perhaps budget, between the two readings.
1. As a shrewd investment I bought this t/ome for my children OBEAH
2. Is she the las/s there, another yet to arrive? TORI
3. Do rascally buyers, c/ringers when catches are landed? HEATHER It takes an experienced P.D. writer to produce an undevilled reading containing ‘cheat herringers’ without it seeming completely forced.
4. In olden days porters were often summoned to bea/k RAT-RUN
5. He began his career in London but, late/nt, abroad ERGOTS
7. Show ar/gand? He may get interested! AMATE Rams and tegs are a cryptic crossword staple.
8. Breaking the law, gives the contra/sting case to answer VENERATE It’s very satisfying to fit the break into the middle of a long word.
9. For any, gra/tis, a key end-product INTRADERMAL Long solutions need to be chosen carefully when creating the grid. Here the solution supplies both ‘grain’ and ‘malt’ to create the context of the undevilled reading.
10. After a bad fall I felt mo/od – I’d no exercise for a while STACHYS
11. Her gold hoard gave her such a thrill I often saw her chuck l/ots INGATHERING Great devilled and undevilled readings make the most of the long solution. Dr Watson’s favourite clue of this puzzle.
17. The RSPB would surely never, let loose, bu/rn sanctuaries TEOSINTE Dr Watson was alerted to the possibility of ‘tern’ in the solution early on, but buteos (buzzards) were definitely unexpected.
19. Fine spirits with soda? You surely don’t like drinking be/rated STRUMAE
21. He’s a literary giant at his career ap/t to gain yet higher honours EXPENSE A slightly less gainly reading requiring ‘apex, pen set’.
23. I’m looking to soli/d Els, wanting harmonious rounds! CITRON A complete change of sense from golf to music. Setters have a lot to thank Ernie Els for. Long may he continue.
24. Zoroastrian scripture AVESTA The competition word.
26. This is the m/uck to cleanse my breath INTIS
28. Anyone wanting to plan/ish as a ready-made source of oil TELAE Again, only one place the solution could slot in, but the vowel-heavy ‘Elaeis’ is not at all obvious.
30. Haute cuisine is a keen passion I like – my fo/ot! ODAL A classic piece of devilry to finish.