3974: Lots by Viking

 

This was a nice puzzle with many accessible clues. In the across entries the letter T was misplaced. The title may have been LOST in translation and the puzzle referred to À la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In search of lost time) and the name MARCEL PROUST could be highlighted diagonally in the grid.

ACROSS
1 Worn-out record's beginning to skip after time (5)
TRITE T (time) + (W)RITE less first letter
5 Mr Toad's unexpectedly finding fame (7)
STARDOM Anagram MR TOAD’S
10 Primarily reluctant to show feelings? (6)
REMOTE R + EMOTE; & lit.
12 Nationalist shuns fancy talk (5)
ORATE ORNATE less N
13 Estimating risk as real, assuming reverse publicity (9)
ACTUARIAL AIR (reversed) in ACTUAL
15 Cause a stir without leaving name (4)
CITE (EX)CITE less EX (without)
16 Use sound amplification to cause irritation (6)
TANNOY T (to) + ANNOY
17 Having braided hair, showy, it's for date (6)
TRESSY DRESSY with T (it) for D (date)
18 This unit could get criminal put on trial (6)
PATROL Compound anagram PUTONTRIAL less UNIT
20 Historical design revealed in treasure-trove (5)


RETRO Hidden
22 Poor service? Chap's forgetfulness (5)
LETHE LET (poor service in tennis) + HE
25 Hypnotiser making this rise somehow? (6)
PYTHON Compound anagram HYPNOTISER less RISE: & lit.
27 Airman's instrument reflected offensive odour (6)
FOETOR FO (Flying Officer) + ROTE (
a medieval stringed instrument) (reversed)
28 Engineer couldn't leave college uninformed (6)
UNTOLD Anagram COULD’NT less C (college)
30 Piece of music's a great success, ending at number one (4)
TRIO RIOT (last letter first)
32 Most difficult to bypass lawyer in running ink-blot test (9)
KNOTTIEST Anagram INK-BLOT TEST less BL (Bachelor of Law)
33 Put an end to boundless enthusiasm ... (5)
ESTRO (d)ESTRO(y)
34 ... Trade Union less prepared for struggle (6)
TUSSLE TU + anagram LESS
35 How egg might be done: scrambled not using oven ... (7, two words)
ON TOAST anagram NOT + OAST (oven)
36 ... that's not hard for diner (5)
EATER HEATER less H (referring to last word of previous clue, hence the link ...)

DOWN
1 Train covering teacher for overwork (7)
TRAVAIL RAV in TAIL
2 Touching script regularly used for narrative (5)
RECIT RE + sCrIpT
3 Not good to use improper influence to achieve rank (4)
ÉTAT GET AT less G (good
4 Inactivity upset disheartened protestor (6)
TORPOR anagram PRO(TES)TER less heart
5 Old age sacrifices nothing in individuality (5)
SEITY SENILITY less NIL
6 Strangler topped twice: scoundrel (6)
ROTTER (GA)ROTTER
7 It produces a nice smell three times or it's out (9)
ORRIS-ROOT anagram OR IT’S + TTT (3 times)
8 Scotch bonnet, perhaps, is in Martinique most cultivated (6)
TAMEST TAM (bonnet) + EST (IS in French)
9 Substantial space turning up at yard (5)
MEATY EM (rev.) AT + Y
11 In New York fashionable look's embraced fully (6)
FAIRLY AIR in FLY
14 Unrotten, with a hint of heading to change (9, three words)
ON THE TURN anagram UNROTTEN + H (first letter of HEADING): & lit.
19 Gingered duck with Pinot - it's on the menu (6)
OPTION anagram PINOT + O (duck)
21 Sailor died breaking into gun casing failing to open (7)
OLDSTER D in (h)OLSTER
23 Isotope with temperature taking off becomes unstable by that very fact (6, two words)
EO IPSO anagram ISOTOPE less T
24 Tango opening ball in Italian city (6)
TRENTO T + RENT + O (ball)
26 Technological institute cracks colour that's found in marbles (6)
HUMITE MIT in HUE
27 Ominous sign; Navy's swapping sides (5)
FREET FLEET swapping Left for Right
28 Shrubs regularly to be seen at Covent Garden? (5)
TUTUS 2 definitions
29 Yarn about Queen disappearing in Northern city (5)
LISLE CARLISLE less CA + R
31 Dad's absent from meal: there'll be leftovers (4)
REST REPAST less PA