Easier solve today.
1a STARBOARD: BRATS reversed, (ROAD)*
6, 28a FRANK ZAPPA: FRANK, homophone of ZAPPER
9a NIB: BIN reversed
10a KEEPS A LID ON: (SPOKEN IDEAL)*.
11a WORTHY: ROW reversed, THY
12a FOOTSTEP: reversed, hidden word
15a ROCKY ROAD: ROCKY, ROAD
16a PIETA: PI, ETA "Work" as in artwork. Of course, the Pieta would be found in most churches in Italy & has no specific Vatican connection.
17a SUMAC: SUM, A, C(HEMIST)
19a SINGLETON: SING, LET ON. Clever.
21a TOSSED IN: (SIDES NOT)*
22a SCRAMS: "stuff" = CRAM. How do you insert CRAM within S...S? "Stuffing sausage tips" can generate S & S but then you have to use "stuffing" a second time to get an insertion indicator. Alternatively, you can take "stuffing" as your insertion indicator & say that "sausage tip" = S and hence "sausage tips" generates S and S.
25a PICTURESQUE: (TRUCES)* inside PIQUE
27a GAP: "umbrella" = GAMP then delete (STOR)M
29a SCATTERED: "had a big break" = SHATTERED, then replace H by C
1d SINEW: IS reversed, NEW
2d ALBERT CAMUS: ALERT contains B, SUMAC reversed
3d BOK CHOY: (CHOOK BY)*. "range" as anagrind: hmm
4d: APEX: A, homophone of PECKS
5d: DESPONDENT: POND replaces central letter of DESCENT
6d FELT TIP: "upset" = TIP, which follows "experienced" = FELT
7d AID: INDIA loses IN, then reversed
8d KING PRAWN: KING, insert R within PAWN.
13d THE STRANGER: THES(E), TR(Y), AN(D), GE(T) them (O)R. This is a literal translation of the French L'Etranger, but the alternative translation THE OUTSIDER probably better captures the nature of the central character.
14d BOLSHINESS: SHINES within SLOB reversed
15d ROSE TOPAZ: (POOREST)*, A, Z
18d CAESURA: CA then A RUSE reversed
20d LOCKETT: Homophone of LOCKET with nice allusion to a "screamer" mark in AFL. For non-AFL followers, Tony Lockett is the highest all-time goalscorer in AFL & played the latter part of his career at the Sydney Swans.
23d SAPID: SAP, (AM)ID(ST)
24d AQUA: (TARP)A(ULIN), QUA
26d CUP: dd
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