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September 2013 Monthly Crossword
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The theme was the NATO phonetic alphabet. Six answers had their initial letters replaced by the full NATO indication:
12a D => DELTA
13a O => OSCAR
18a E => ECHO
27a X => XRAY
2d L => LIMA
16d M => MIKE
Six others had the NATO indication reduced to the intial letter:
28a HOTEL => H
29a SIERRA => S
1d OSCAR => O
7d LIMA => L
9d KILO => K
21d YANKEE => Y

Across
  1. Anagram (broadcast) on + Taoist => OSTINATO (repetitive music)
  2. TUM (stomach) containing (consumption of) ALC (tips of Aloe Leaves and Chili) => TALCUM (powder)
  3. INC (company) + UR (backing team sport = RU) => INCUR (get)
  4. BO (smell) + B (bishop) contained in MASTIC (filler) => BOMBASTIC (flowery)
  5. Anagram (outrageous) lie + stated + to => D(ELTA)EIST (DEIST = believer)
  6. OS (so upset) + CA (about) + R (royal) => O(SCAR) (O = letter)
  7. ER'S (Queen is) containing (withholding) MBE (honour) => EMBERS (cinders)
  8. ELY (right=R lost by bank=RELY) + SIAN (starting to Nose Around is put back) => ELYSIAN (divine)
  9. CO (company) + HC (Having Concerns initially) + EXE (computer file) all reversed (back-up) => EXE(CHO)C (EXEC = manager)
  10. REM (90s band) + MAY (might) all reversed (inverted) => YAMMER (roar)
  11. AWFL (tragic flaw) containing (hiding) U (Ugly head) => AWFUL (&lit)
  12. SP (odds) + ON containing (to receive) O (nothing) + BILL (account) => SPOONBILL (bird)
  13. O (old) + X (cross) + RAY (beam) + FOR (supporting) + D (entrance to Defended) => OX(RAY)FORD (OXFORD = city)
  14. SHIER (more timid) with first letter at end (head sunk) => H(OTEL)IERS (accommodating managers)
  15. ISLE (Man, for example) minus I (losing head) + ON (over) + E (English) => S(IERRA) LEONE (former colony)
  16. CEI (crushed ice) + LINGS (rum sling) => CEILINGS (limits)
Down
  1. OW (that hurt) + I (me) + LDE (led astray) => O(SCAR) WILDE (playwright)
  2. LIMAE (junk e-mail) following TICK (after little while) => TICKL(IMA)E (TICKLE = divert)
  3. Contained in backwards (covered up) JanET ARRANges covered-up => NARRATE (report)
  4. TABIES (unfortunate beast + I (one)) containing (circling) B (black) => TABBIES (cats)
  5. ATOM (tiny amount) contained (included) in ANY (some) => ANATOMY (composition)
  6. CELTIC (football team) minus E (losing final gamE) => CL(IMA)TIC (to do with the weather)
  7. YANKEE DOODLE (21) tubes => MACARONI (reference to song)
  8. ME (I) + TREK (walk) with K at start (back to front) => K(ILO)METRE (distance)
  9. KEAN (Keane finally dropped) following EMI (former record company) following IC (after 99) => ICEM(IKE)AN (ICEMAN = hits performed by this person)
  10. SENT + ATORS (a sort-out) minus T (misplacing model) => SENATORS (politicians)
  11. AL (beer=ale unfinished) contained in H (hotel) + Y (lobbY finally) contained in (consumed by) CON (Conservative) => HALCYON (Kingfisher)
  12. CUS (coppers) + TO + M (end racisM) => CUSTOM (duty)
  13. Y (Yorkshireman first) + DOODLE (scribble) => Y(ANKEE) DOODLE (American song)
  14. ME (yours truly) + NT (books) + HOL (short break) => MENTHOL (compound)
  15. C (cold) + LASS (girl) containing (having kept) P (quiet) => CLASPS (catches)
  16. Double meaning => FORGE (fashion, workshop)