A Puzzle by Starhorse
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A shorter review today as I am pressed for time.
1 Maybe 50% in charge sit back (9)
STATISTIC – Inside (in) a six-letter word meaning a type of electrical charge add a reversal (back) of the SIT from the clue.
6 Drink tea after a little while (5)
MOCHA – A three-letter word meaning tea after a two-letter word for a short period of time.
9 Look after Bishop’s position? (7)
OVERSEE– Split 4,3 the solution would indicate the Bishop’s area of responsibility.
10 Silver ring on the rocks (7)
AGROUND – The chemical symbol for silver followed by a five-letter word for a ring.
11 Edged Bishop out as instructed (7)
ORDERED – An eight-letter word for edged omits (out) the single letter abbreviation for bishop.
13 Take a chance, attempt one hundred (3,2,2)
TRY IT ON – A three-letter word for an attempt followed by the letter representing one and a three-letter word for 100.
14 Carrier for 16 (4-2-4)
FOUR-BY-FOUR – The solution, if treated as a mathematic equation would result in the answer 16.
16 Release of prisoner delayed several seconds (4)
FREE – The second letters of each of the second to fifth words of the clue.
18 Group caught in traffic (4)
SELL – A homophone (caught) of a four-letter word meaning a group of people.
19 Dean and Priest wandering on foot (10)
PEDESTRIAN – An anagram (wandering) of DEAN PRIEST.
22 Drop cancelled charge (7)
OFFLOAD – A three-letter word meaning cancelled followed by a four-letter word meaning to charge (as you might a gun).
23 Crown court official lost last time (7)
CORONET – A seven-letter word for a court official who certifies the cause of death without the final letter (last last) followed by the abbreviation for time.
24 He delivers old piece of cloth worn by Queen (7)
TRUCKER – The single letter abbreviation for a queen has an old six-letter word for a piece of cloth around it (worn).
25 Reportedly regret insult? Nonsense (7)
RHUBARB – A homophone (reportedly) of RUE (regret) and BARB (insult).
27 Bad time for second trim (5)
NATTY – A five-letter word meaning bad has the abbreviation for second replaced by the abbreviation for time.
28 Python and eel destroyed packing material (9)
POLYTHENE – An anagram (destroyed) of PYTHON EEL.
1 Who’s a poser? (4-3)
SHOW-OFF – A reverse anagram clue where the solution itself provides an anagram type clue that would result in the word HOW’S.
2 Mature light beer – hands off! (3)
AGE – A five letter word for a light beer without the abbreviations for left and right (hands off).
3 Mark current copy held in empty safe (8)
INSCRIBE – A two-letter word meaning current or trendy followed by a four-letter word meaning to copy inside the out letters (empty) of safe.
4 Walk or sprint up full of energy (5)
TREAD – A four-letter word meaning to sprint is reversed (up) and includes (full of) the abbreviation for energy.
5 She performs, he can’t, perhaps needs exercise (9)
CHANTEUSE – An anagram (perhaps) of HE CANT followed by a three-letter word meaning exercise.
6 St Stephen possibly spotted in Cromarty retreat (6)
MARTYR – The answer is hidden (spotted in) in the final two words of the clue.
7 Endorse notice such as “Please pay here” (11)
COUNTERSIGN – Split 7,4, “Please pay here” would be an example of this type of notice.
8 Slow movement with neat variation (7)
ANDANTE – A three-letter word meaning with followed by an anagram (variation) of ANTE.
12 Blame error for server’s problem? (6,5)
DOUBLE FAULT – Blame and error give two examples of a mistake that in another form indicate a server’s problem in a game tennis.
15 Where to gather evidence of runners with experience of drugs (5,4)
FIELD TRIP – A five-letter word for a group of runners in a race followed by a four-letter word for an experience of taking drugs.
17 Introduction includes drums on a regular basis – it’s magical (8)
STARDUST – A five-letter word for the beginning or introduction of something includes the odd letters (on a regular basis) in drums.
18 Crop damaged – not hers (7)
SHORTEN – An anagram (damaged) of NOT HERS.
20 Famous snooker player’s lack of basic equipment? (7)
NOTABLE – Split 2,5, the solution would indicate a lack of a basic necessity for playing a game of snooker.
21 Sport’s head ousted after initially jostling rider (6)
JOCKEY – A six-letter word for a field sport played with a ball and sticks has the first letter removed (head ousted) and the remaining letter follow the initial letter of jostling.
23 Fuel covering source of rare colour (5)
CORAL – A four-letter word for a type of Carboniferous fuel around (covering) the initial letter (source of) of rare.
26 Dallas character, maybe climbing unclothed, fell (3)
AXE – A reversal (climbing) of a five-letter word describing the state in which a Dallas resident lives without the first and last letters (unclothed).