ACROSS

 1  Announcement of an evening celebration? (10)

 6  Came to the top. (4)

10  The highwayman is guided by it. (7)

11  The piece doesn’t seem well done. (7)

12  Wordsworth did, nebulously. (8)

13  Jewish general, or just a funny fellow. (5)

15  Perhaps a King whose line would be easy to trace. (5)

17  Appellation for a Henry who was 15. (9)

19  Such things have nothing to do with the case. (9)

21  Rushes back with a little old violin. (5)

23  Change later for this. ( 5 )

24  I lecture for those who tend to their knitting. (8)

27  Stadia put on such performances. (4-3)

28  This needle’s too big for a 24. (7)

29  Sounds like double work for the tailor, and mediocre, at that! (2-2)

30  Lunch-time for the merchant? (6,4)

DOWN

1  How it looks when wary. (4)

 2  Work hard for this. (7)

 3  One who 12, returns with a friend. (5)

 4  Candidates pass in art. (9)

 5  When an animal is, he either feels or tastes better. (5)

 7  Secretaries in governmental service. (7)

 8  When private, it’s your own business. (10)

 9  Are grand when not! (8)

14  The cost of brick-work doesn’t imply the lodgers are. (10)

16  Doesn’t tell the truth on returning to the first of 10. (8)

18  These imply someone’s calling. (9)

20  Needle-workers in rags. (7)

22  He lost his head? Capital! (7)

24  Such delivery is free. (5)

25  One believes in it. (5)

26  An over-pass? (4)

This puzzle originally appeared in the December 24, 1955, issue.