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ACROSS

 1 Block Pat’s construction with asphalt (8)

 6 Some fakirs cherish alcoholic drink (6)

 9 An embankment for a legendary gardener? (4)

10 Stochastic model’s basic principle, trendy in retrospect, occupies
hierarchical position (6,4)

11 Ostensible progenitors—one looking back, the other looking forward (8)

13 Language of Sephardic Jews and some Southeast Asians involving noise (6)

15 One way of paying to prepare wool after direct variation (6,4)

17 Chair of committees, ultimately, to consume… (4)

18 …only fish (4)

19 Pig call, ample in sound, is unlike anything else (3,7)

20 Went crazy in Othello’s title part… (4,2)

21 …like, for example, Othello garbling “…thine own…” (8)

23 Floor put up in movie sketches (10)

25 French for “rain” (4)

27 Knight is happy? Yes, but heartless (6)

28 Rap about revolving place for bishop’s hosiery (8)

DOWN

 2 See 26

 3 One of 10 North Dakota males is on time (11)

 4 Wrongful act: beginning to enjoy cake (5)

 5 Autumn tonic drunk in recreational area—it was omitted in the wordplay
of four Down clues (11,4)

 6 Ken’s heading for Kwanzaa present on the shelf (9)

 7 See 24

 8 One dominating some celebrities could be one who wants power over
another people (11)

12 Talon breaks around a tooth (11)

14 Sheep do badly with major disappointments (6,5)

16 What you might find in a lab: shirts covering upturned rumps (4,5)

22 Gentle push from group leader in 26 & 2 (5)

24 & 7 Make a new picture with scarlet and green (6)

26 & 2 Naked young Tarheel? (6)

SOLUTION TO PUZZLE NO. 3402

3402s

ACROSS 1 F(AVA + BE)AN 5 O + JIB + WA 10 REBU[s] + ILD (anag.) 11 APPA(RE)L 12 H + O(A)RD (rod anag.) 13 OR + GANIST (anag.) 15 hidden 17 EVA + P + ORATE 19 anag. 21 NIGH + T 23 GAZ + PAC + HO (rev.) 25 [g]ROUND 27 H +  IPSTER (anag.) 28 CAB + LET + V 29 POE (alternate letters) + TRY (&lit.) 30 [b]ODY + S-SEUS-[s]

DOWN 1 “fourth rite” 2 VI(BRAT)E 3 B(L)IND 4 hidden 6 JA + PANT + OWN 7 BAR(IST)A (sit anag., Arab rev.) 8 A(X)LE 9 [c]HANG[e] 14 [a]BETTED + AVIS 16 T + RUM + PETER 18 anag. 20 “meet pi” 22 G(R)UY + ERE 24 “cored” 25 [p]ROBES 26 2 defs.