I enjoy the Indian touch that Gridman's puzzles have. There was HING in a charade clue yesterday and a chuckle-worthy cryptic definition today - "Tirupati hairdo?".
At first I took "It can be troubling government officials" to be a CD for CABINET, and was marvelling at the leeway taken in the definition. It struck me much later that this was an anagram.
2d was the last one to go in for me as I had been looking for a double-definition solution than a CD. With crossing letters it fell into place. ECLOGUE was an unfamiliar word but the wordplay helped.
- French friend for AMI (5a and 24a) twice in the same puzzle - not too pretty!
- Is the plural form "OFF BEATS" correct? Shouldn't "Describing a policeman away from regular duties" still be "OFF BEAT"?