A Puzzle by Gazza
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1 Pre-union function in Philadelphia that’s trouble-free? (8,5)
BACHELOR PARTY – The American (in Philadelphia) term of a stag do at which no wives (trouble – as in trouble and strife) are present.
10 Spat in auditorium brought about further application of tracking device (5)
RETAG – Reverse (brought about) a homophone of “gaiter” (spat).
11 Quick on Trigger? He was doubly so (3,6)
ROY ROGERS – The actor, star of Westerns and singer who rode a horse called Trigger and was a fast gunman so quick on the trigger.
12 Last house on left when only four remain standing? (9)
SEMIFINAL – A four-letter word for a house followed by a five-letter word for last. The “on left” tells use that the word for house become first.
13 Antigua notably hosts production of ‘The Seagull’ (5)
GUANO – The answer is hidden in (hosts) the first two words of the clue.
14 Case involving spoiled vote settled a score (3,4)
GOT EVEN – The abbreviation for genitive (case) includes (involving) an anagram (spoiled) of vote.
16 Inspiring compiler’s getting a round in? It’s not unknown (7)
IMBUING – A phrase 2,6 saying that the compilers getting people a round of drinks without the Y (not unknown).
18 Counters Sierra’s further attempts to pass on the outside (7)
RESISTS – The letter represented by Sierra in the phonetic alphabet has a six-letter word meaning further attempt to pass exams around it (on the outside).
20 Confronts rumours about retired barrister (7)
TACKLES – A four letter for rumours around a reversal for the abbreviation for a barrister who has taken silk during the the reign of a king. As the abbreviation is not the current term for a barrister, this could perhaps have been indicated.
22 Dicky Mandela (no relation) is horny African (5)
ELAND – An anagram (dicky) of MANDELA after removing a two letter word for mother (no relation).
24 Drives off jerk with influence over associate (5,4)
PULLS AWAY – A four-letter word meaning jerk followed by a four-letter word for influence around (over) the abbreviation for associate.
26 Italian novelist’s special present that’s life-supporting (9)
ECOSPHERE – The three letter surname of an Italian novelist followed by a two letter abbreviation for special and a four-letter word meaning present.
27 Lover‘s right out of protection (5)
AMOUR – A six-letter word for the type of protection worn by soldiers without the first R (right out`)
28 Chess player’s big game that’s inconvenient but hard to shift (5,8)
WHITE ELEPHANT – A five-letter word for one of the colours of a chess player followed by a large African or Indian game animal.
2 Have a go at finishing off flat, bringing in casual labour (7)
ATTEMPT – The AT from the clue and the last letter (finishing off) of flat include a four-letter word for a casual worker.
3 Slap-up celebrations! (4,5)
HIGH FIVES – Cryptic definition of the slapping of hands to celebrate a success.
4 Allegedly violinist from Rome (50) knocked up old actress (5)
LOREN – The name of the Emperor who allegedly fiddled whilst Rome burned (violins having not being invented then, this is an allegation!) and the Roman numeral for 50 all reversed (knocked up).
5 Maybe Prince Harry’s brand-new establishment making change … (5,4)
ROYAL MINT – A five-letter word describing Prince Harry followed by a four-letter word meaning new.
6 … in the midst of antagonistic machinations of newspaper group leaders (5)
AMONG – The initial letters (leaders) of the fifth to ninth words of the clue.
7 Each half might have unpredictable outcome for visiting team from Orient (3,4)
THE MAGI – An anagram (have an unpredictable outcome) of EA (each half) MIGHT.
8 Malvolio appeared so grumpy with great red wound … (5-8)
CROSS-GARTERED – A five-letter word meaning grumpy followed by an anagram (wound) of GREAT RED.
9 … seeing that setter’s weapon is far-reaching (2,4,2,2,3)
AS LONG AS MY ARM – A phrase 2,4,2 meaning seeing that followed by a phrase 2,4 meaning the setter’s weapon.
15 Price acted occasionally in supporting bill as minder for ‘Schnozzle’ (9)
NOSEPIECE – The odd letters (occasionally) in price acted underneath (supporting) a four-letter word meaning a bill.
17 Regressive character favours corporal punishment (9)
BACKSLASH – A five-letter word meaning favoured followed by a four-letter word for a form of corporal punishment.
19 Aquatic creature that’s a surprise in Dundee’s narrow inlet (3,4)
SEA LOCH – A four-letter word for an aquatic mammal followed by a three letter Scottish (in Dundee) exclamation of surprise.
21 Whispered sad information (3-4)
LOW-DOWN – A three-letter word meaning whispered followed by a four-letter word meaning sad.
23 Senior newspaper boss chucked up in garage (5)
DEPOT – A three-letter word meaning senior and the abbreviation for editor (journalist) all reversed (chucked up).
25 Loyal subject, say, detected in falsehood (5)
LIEGE – The abbreviation for “for example” (say) inside a three-letter word for a falsehood.