Annotated solutions for Genius 165

* Eight solutions (four being of two words) comprise two of a kind (6 across 29, which is clued without definition).

** Of the other clues, four across and four down contain superfluous words or phrases that provide either definitions or wordplay for the themed eight. The remaining eight definitions or wordplay are: board, deck games, fish, notes, religious image, song, supporter and World Cup winners.

Across

1* Jack Sprat [a picky eater + fish]

6,29 two of a kind T /AKIN(g/D)

9 bottle out B OUT [**Men]

10 ivied I VIED [**crossing]

11 Hestia IS THE (anag) + (nigell)A

13* hunt ball [a function of the countryside + 1966 World Cup finalists] ]

15 Reith Lectures ERIC THE RESULT (anag) [**European agreements]

19* pontoon bridge [crossing + deck (of cards) games]

21 Tunisian NUT(rev)/I N [**prime ministers]

23* patron [Men + supporter]

26* pieta [letters (Greek) + religious image]

27 dog kennel KEN in GOLDEN (anag)

30* Maggie May [prime ministers + song]

Down

1 job share B ARE after JO(y)

2 cut CUT)e) [**conductor]

3* Solti [conductor + notes]

4 room MOOR (rev) [**a function of the countryside]

5 tut-tutting T(o)UT/T(o)UT/TIN/G(ame)

6 twitterer T ITTERER

7* Ouija [European agreements + board]

8 fiddle anfiELD DIFficult (hidden rev)

12 skimp SKI P

14 memorandum ME/MO(ment)/R UM

16 handstand HAND/ST(reet)/AN/D(epartment)

17 Sodor SO/DO/R(ight) [Thomas the Tank Engine’s island base]

18 vernally (0)VER/N(ew)ALLY [**letters]

20 Utopia U P/A1(part rev)

22 naevi IV

24 Azeri A I [**a picky eater]

25 agog AGO/(buildin)G

28 Nam MAN (rev)

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