Annotated solutions for Genius 166

Two across solutions taken together (10 and 27) indicate that a ‘card game’ is missing from all the other across clues, either as the definition or as part of their wordplay.

Across

1 old maid MD/LO (rev) + AID

5 abridge A + bridge

10* card CA D [&Lit]

11 snapdragon snap + DRAG ON

12 fantan FAN + TAN

13 balloons LAB (rev)/loo/N&S

14 Newmarket WEN(rev)/M ET

16 nappy nap/P(rett)Y

17 skate skat/(blad)E

19 solitaire SOLI/(as)TAIRE

23 cesspits CESS/pit/S(ociety)

24 far-off faro/FF

26 impatience I’M/patience

27* game E-MAG (rev)

28 engines gin in SEEN (anag)

29 student stud + TEN (anag)

Down

2 leakage LE<(A(ttac)K/A(merican)/G(overnment>E

3 midst budapesT’S DIMly (hidden rev)

4 insaner IN SAN ER

6 bodily BO Y

7 inamorata RAT after IN A MON

8 grown-up G OWN + UP

9 rabble-rousing BURGEONS BLAIR (anag)

15 motoscafi MO/TOSCA + IF (rev)

18 keelman KEE N

20 inflect INF<(interpo)L>ECT

21 raftman R(ight)/AFT/MAN

22 divine DI E

25 rigid RI D

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