Solution to
Pine-nut desserts (2)
A thematic Cryptic by Biddle

The answers included TEN U.S. PRESIDENTS - the answer to be entered at 5, and also an anagram (the answer to 2) of 'Pine-nut desserts'.

The ten are asterisked in the brief notes below the grid.

Grid

Across

1 * W(ASH)ING,TO,N
7 * POLK(A) - & see description of his inaugural ball
9 * Anag. of Noah is, R, R
10 C(LIEN)T
11 * Double definition
12 (S)ELECTOR
13 Hidden word (3)
14 A(M(O)RA)L - empty = containing nothing, nothing = O
16 ROT,A(TIN)G
17 Anagram
20 * Initial letters
22 Reversal of A,RI
23 Anagram
24 Cryptic definition
26 Cryptic definition
27 NA(STIES)T
28 * Reversal of T (pun on tea),FAT
29 * Anagram

Down

2 Replace 16 and 27 by their repsective answers. 'Rotation of characters' is the definition, 'In states' and 'nastiest' are anagrams of each other.
3 HA(R)SH
4 Anag. of it's, on, R, L
5 See above
6 NECK,LET
7 Ref. 'Prince' Naseem Hamed, (over) TON
8 * Double definition
15 * ROOSE,V(EL)T - pun on 'ruse', El = elevated railroad
18 A,MERICA - the 'small readjustment' is the swapping of I and C
19 IN,TENSE
20 * MAD,IS,ON
21 Description of a bishop
25 AMI,GO


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