This was fun. The setter’s tongue was firmly in their cheek on a few clues!
In Australia, the ’Pies are the Australian Football 2023 Premiers. Their supporters will be delighted to see them featured in 1ac!
This felt harder than recent Saturdays.
It wasn’t all R’n’R; with my LOI (26ac) I wasted time vainly trying to construct a classical Italian musical instruction.
Solved offline, in free moments. Time and difficulty not registered. You’ll have to tell me!
Some answers were obvious (once I had the helpers), but the wordplay was obscure. All clear now!
It was possible for several answers to be biffed, only to find I raised a smile when I understood their wordplay.
Some very clever clues.
Getting the two long anagrams quickly at 9 and 23 across made this puzzle much more amenable! The rest went fairly smoothly.
Suitably eclectic this week. Those in tune may have flown through it.