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Across
1. Maybe St. Paul's Hospital admitted Polanski's wife, approximately half-hour missing (5,7)
7. Moving canoe to the sea (5)
8. Natural bottled water brand is all about having tea (6)
10. Vera's picture includes food that looks like jelly (5)
12. Adam's wife seen with new man (4)
13. Singing groups are rich – so ludicrous (6)
15. Vera recognized prisoners, which is extraordinary (4)
16. Can Tool be a warm-up band? (6)
18. Ruby's victim was old, in a way (6)
20. Actor played slowly, with no heart (4)
21. Setting for a boxing thriller: man facing heavyweight champion making comeback (6)
23. Venereal disease near Russia's capital leads to uproar (4)
24. Music's mystery woman novelised in part (5)
26. Secretly charm an Italian fashion designer (6)
28. Vera making third small, quiet motor vehicle (5)
29. Strange things – having, perhaps, stout doormen working graveyard shift (5,7)

Down
1. Repository for Oscars collected by Halle Berry's role about Sun god (9)
2. Vera about to grow old and mean (7)
3. Woman with a bit of elephant DNA (4)
4. Poor comparison to fortified chambers (5,5)
5. Bird central to article in Times (3)
6. Twist off the head to get internal organ (5)
9. Vera's foot and, mostly, chest pains (5)
11. South of France vacation involving Dalí (needing no introduction) and maybe Magritte (10)
14. "They're off the beaten path", groaned Cecil to anyone listening (4,5)
17. Page from Inception screenplay, essentially about central trio of killers (5)
19. Performer's flashy attires (7)
22. Vera pronounces covering "covering" (5)
25. Always last in line, Vera lost final (4)
27. Vera the fashion designer heading away to be a film director (3)

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Grid:

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Across

  1. Maybe St. Paul's Hospital admitted Polanski's wife, approximately half-hour missing (5,7)

STATE CAPITAL (maybe st. paul's, HOS(TATE + CA)PITAL - HO_)

  1. Moving canoe to the sea (5)

OCEAN (sea, CANOE*)

  1. Natural bottled water brand is all about having tea (6)

NATIVE (natural, EVI(T)AN<)

  1. Vera's picture includes food that looks like jelly (5)

ASPIC (food that looks like jelly, _AS PIC_)

  1. Adam's wife seen with new man (4)

EVAN (man, EVA + N)

  1. Singing groups are rich – so ludicrous (6)

CHOIRS (singing groups, RICH SO*)

  1. Vera recognized prisoners, which is extraordinary (4)

RARE (extraordinary, _RA RE_)

  1. Can Tool be a warm-up band? (6)

OPENER (ddef)

  1. Ruby's victim was old, in a way (6)

OSWALD (ruby's victim, WAS OLD*)

  1. Actor played slowly, with no heart (4)

LETO (actor, LENTO - N)

  1. Setting for a boxing thriller: man facing heavyweight champion making comeback (6)

MANILA (setting for a boxing thriller, MAN + ALI<)

  1. Venereal disease near Russia's capital leads to uproar (4)

STIR (uproar, STI + R_)

  1. Music's mystery woman novelised in part (5)

ELISE (music's mystery woman, _ELISE_)

  1. Secretly charm an Italian fashion designer (6)

ARMANI (fashion designer, _ARM AN I_)

  1. Vera making third small, quiet motor vehicle (5)

VESPA (motor vehicle, VE(R->SP)A)

  1. Strange things – having, perhaps, stout doormen working graveyard shift (5,7)

NIGHT PORTERS (doormen working graveyard shift, THING(PORTER)S*)

Down

  1. Repository for Oscars collected by Halle Berry's role about Sun god (9)

STOREROOM (repository, STO(RE)(OO)RM)

  1. Vera about to grow old and mean (7)

AVERAGE (mean, VERA* + AGE)

  1. Woman with a bit of elephant DNA (4)

EDNA (woman, E_ + DNA)

  1. Poor comparison to fortified chambers (5,5)

PANIC ROOMS (fortified chambers, COMPARISON*)

  1. Bird central to article in Times (3)

TIT (bird, T(_I_)T)

  1. Twist off the head to get internal organ (5)

LIVER (internal organ, OLIVER - O)

  1. Vera's foot and, mostly, chest pains (5)

ACHES (pains, _A + CHES_)

  1. South of France vacation involving Dalí (needing no introduction) and maybe Magritte (10)

SURREALIST (maybe magritte, SUR + RE(ALI)ST)

  1. "They're off the beaten path", groaned Cecil to anyone listening (4,5)

SIDE ROADS (they're off the beaten path, SIGHED RHODES homophone(thanks @postmortes))

  1. Page from Inception screenplay, essentially about central trio of killers (5)

ELLEN (page from inception, _E(_LLE_)N_)

  1. Performer's flashy attires (7)

ARTISTE (performer, ATTIRES*)

  1. Vera pronounces covering "covering" (5)

APRON (covering, _A PRON_)

  1. Always last in line, Vera lost final (4)

EVER (always, _E + VER_)

  1. Vera the fashion designer heading away to be a film director (3)

ANG (film director, WANG - W)

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