A Puzzle by Starhorse
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1 Teetotal Bishop backed composer (4)
BYRD – A three letter word meaning teetotal and the abbreviation for bishop all reversed (backed).
3 Widespread view from old Republican in Central American state (8)
PANORAMA – The abbreviations for old and Republic in a six-letter Central American country.
10 Element from which 51 coins could be produced? (7)
SILICON – An anagram (could be produced) of LI (51) COINS.
11 Listen, it’s time for King to cheer up (7)
HEARTEN – A seven-letter word meaning listen has the K (king) replaced by a T (time).
12 Reader put out by Exodus (9)
DEPARTURE – An anagram (out) of READER PUT.
13 Greek character, thus Classical perhaps? (5)
MUSIC – A two letter Greek letter of the alphabet followed by a three-letter word which means thus in Latin.
14 Cloth that forms part of a border (5)
TWEED – Double definition, the second being a border river between England and Scotland.
15 Climax of short street party (9)
CRESCENDO – An eight-letter word for a street that forms an arc with the final letter removed (short) followed by a two-letter word for a party.
17 Temporary help a mere illusion? (9)
EPHEMERAL – An anagram (illusion) of HELP A MERE.
20 Viagra invariably offers something hard and very small (5)
GRAIN – The answer is hidden (offers) in the first two words of the clue.
22 Relax, leader’s away a lot (5)
OFTEN – A six-letter word for relax with the initial letter removed (leader’s away).
23 Try to sell secret source of sweetener (5,4)
SUGAR CANE – A three-letter word meaning try to sell followed by a six-letter word meaning secret or esoteric.
24 Rank of leading player taking part (7)
NOISOME – The three letter way of saying number one (leading player) followed by a four-letter word meaning part.
25 He takes supper, consuming beer and last piece of beef (3,4)
TEA LEAF – A three-letter word for a meal also known as supper includes (consuming) a three-letter word for beer all followed by the last letter of beef.
26 Fellows spotted in Canon’s flat (8)
TENEMENT – A three-letter word for fellows inside a five-letter word word for a canon or principle.
27 Maybe stag do started with short dance – backwards (4)
DEER – The initial letter (started) of do followed by a four-letter word for a Scottish dance with the final letter removed (short) with the letters reversed (backwards). Short streets and short dances!
1 Irrelevant, like zero in 1.0? (6,3,5)
BESIDE THE POINT – Double definition, the second being a description of the location of the 0 next to the “.”
2 Setback on trip (7)
RELAPSE – A two-letter word meaning on or about followed by a five-letter word meaning trip.
4 She introduces article with tips from narrator about large cat (9)
ANNOUNCER – The two letter indefinite article followed by the outside letters (tips) of “narrator” around a five-letter word for a large cat.
5 Iain’s expression of surprise about colour (5)
OCHRE – A three-letter word used in Scotland (Iain’s) to express surprise followed by a two-letter word meaning about.
6 Washed out maniac stupidly swallows ecstasy (7)
ANAEMIC – An anagram (stupidly) of MANIAC includes (swallows) the abbreviation for ecstasy.
7 Craftsman‘s biased, can’t keep quiet (7)
ARTISAN – An eight-letter word meaning biased without (can’t keep) the abbreviation for quiet.
8 Like a composition of 20d (6)
SCORED – A five-letter word meaning 20 followed by the D from the clue.
9 Missing out on a refund, fraudulently, hundreds taken in (11-3)
UNACCOUNTED-FOR – An anagram (fraudulently) of ON A REFUND around CC (hundreds).
16 Advise nurses to hide glare (9)
ENLIGHTEN – The abbreviation for Enrolled Nurse twice includes a five-letter word meaning glare.
18 Top 20 targets? (3,4)
HIT LIST – Double definition for the best selling records and a description of the targets for assassination.
19 Wind up old partners in daydream (7)
MONSOON – The abbreviation for old (again) and a pair of bridge players are reversed (up) in a four-letter word meaning to dream.
20 European‘s not quite relevant (6)
GERMAN – A seven-letter word meaning relevant with the final letter removed (not quite).
21 Single Dame newly introduced in the scholarly world (7)
ACADEME – A three-letter word meaning single includes (introduced) an anagram (newly) of DAME.
23 Small company power (5)
STEAM – The abbreviation for small and a four-letter word for a company or group of players.