It's Elementary: Group 2 Crossword Puzzle

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November is a month when people emphasise writing: novels, quizzes, verse, questions and even crosswords. "It's Elementary" is my November 2022 crosswording theme. The elements in Group 2 of the Periodic Table are all reactive, with very similar properties. This puzzle, with one anagram, investigates further. Enjoy!
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      Across
      1. Outcome of a chemical reaction (6)
      4. Acid-base properties that may affect any system (2,6)
      10. First Group 2 element, atomic number 4 (9)
      11. Under control (5)
      12. Unit of force, 10 micronewtons (4)
      13. 1964 Beatles' hit, something of an afterthought? (2,1,4,3; first word abbr.)
      15. Colour descriptor for Group 2 elements: silvery-____ (7)
      16. You could make a meal of this Group 2 element, atomic number 56 (6)
      19. US Virgin Islands capital: Charlotte ____ (6)
      21. Most common mineral in the human body, element #20 (7)
      23. Indian Ocean island country whose mineral exports include limestone, gypsum and dolomite (10)
      25. Layer (4)
      27. Of a pelvic bone (5)
      28. Green pigments in plants (chlorophylls) bind this Group 2 element (atomic number 12) (9)
      29. Group 2 in the Periodic Table of Elements is also called the ____ Earth Metals (8)
      30. Substance reacting with Group 2 elements to form metal oxides (6)

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      1. Massages (4,4)
      2. Group 2 metal (atomic number 38) found in celestite (9)
      3. Quiet time (4)
      5. Amateur chemist's setup (4,3; second word abbr.)
      6. Virus-destroying drugs (10)
      7. Nursery kind of ache that may be soothed by milk of magnesia (5)
      8. Radioactive Group 2 metal, discovered by Marie Curie (6)
      9. Artwork of dubious taste (6)
      14. Relating to life and living things; processes and substances that may include 28A and 21A (10)
      17. Applying or employing (UK spelling, 9)
      18. Stylish person (5,3)
      20. Photography pioneer George ____ used 28A flash powder devices (7)
      21. Quantity of unbalanced electricity; with Group 2 ions, it is +2 (6)
      22. TAMARI revealed the ambrosia of the Hindu gods, bestowing immortality (anag., 6)
      24. Beverage (5)
      26. French Group 2 (4)