A Puzzle by Starhorse
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A belated review by Prolixic follows.
1 Catches Fascist troops eating grouse (5)
SNAGS – The abbreviation for Schutzstaffel (Facist troops) includes (eats) a three-letter word meaning to grouse.
4 Fell over, back of coat torn into shreds (7,2)
TRIPPED UP – The last letter (back) of coat followed by a phrase 6,2 meaning torn into shreds.
9 Impressive American teammates take part (7)
AWESOME – The single letter abbreviation for American followed by a two-letter pronoun for how you would refer to teammates and a four-letter word meaning part.
10 Scrutinize painting by son (7)
CANVASS – A six-letter word for a painting followed by the abbreviation for son.
11 Hyperactive toddler we had to get out (4,2,3,5)
DEAD TO THE WORLD – An anagram (hyperactive) of TODDLER WE HAD TO. Not ideal that the clue resolves to wordplay get definition rather than wordplay gets definition.
13 Wayward female’s missing for sure (2,6)
OF COURSE – A phrase 3,6 meaning wayward or adrift without one of the abbreviations for female.
15 Hungry boy given starter of sausage rolls (6)
TWISTS – The hungry boy in Dickens’ novel followed by the first letter (starter) of sausage.
18 Pressed to the ear as required (6)
NEEDED – A homophone (to the ear) of kneaded (pressed).
19 Row over Greek character and Eastern European, a kept man (8)
DETAINEE – A three-letter word for a noise or row around (over) a three-letter word for a letter of the Greek alphabet followed by the abbreviations for Eastern and European.
21 Drug dealers who are pursued by traffic cops? (5,9)
SPEED MERCHANTS – Double definition.
25 Board‘s host cancelled film (7)
ENTRAIN – A nine-letter word meaning to host without the letters in ET (film). I would have expected there to be an indication that the letters are removed separately.
26 Dramatist from riverside town meets gruesome ending (7)
MARLOWE – A six-letter word for a town on the River Thames followed by the last letter (ending) of gruesome.
27 Drunken padres let loose (9)
PLASTERED – An anagram (loose) of PADRES LET.
28 Stray tenor? (5)
DRIFT – Double definition.
1 Deputy crosses River Tay – primarily for the view (10)
STANDPOINT – A phrase 5,2 for a deputy around (crossed) a two-letter name of an Italian river all followed by the first letter (primarily) of Tay.
2 Colosseum, maybe in region close to Milan (5)
ARENA – A four-letter word meaning region includes (in) the last letter (close to) of Milan.
3 Integrate after brief show of temper (5,4)
SHORT FUSE – A five-letter word meaning brief followed by a four-letter word meaning integrate.
4 Pay for one’s English script (8)
TREATISE – A five-letter word meaning pay for followed by the shortened version of one’s and the abbreviation for English.
5 Moved slowly, took top off (6)
INCHED – A seven-letter word meaning took or stole without the first letter (top off).
6 Piper closed show (5)
PANTO – A three-letter word for a God who played pipes followed by a two-letter word meaning closed.
7 Sloth, possibly dangerous on short grass (6,3)
DEADLY SIN – A six-letter word meaning dangerous followed by a four-letter word meaning to grass or betray someone without the last letter (short).
8 Storyteller turned up without a present (4)
POSE – The storyteller of fables reversed (turned up) without the letter A.
12 Evaluation of mugs by workers in stone (10)
ASSESSMENT – A five-letter word for mugs or idiots followed by three-letter word for workers inside the abbreviation for store.
14 Old Queen‘s palace tour surprisingly non-U (9)
CLEOPATRA – An anagram (surprisingly) of PALACE TOUR without the letter U.
16 Eroded pot, full of ground earth (9)
WEATHERED – A four-letter word for cannabis or pot includes (full of) an anagram (ground) of EARTH.
17 Plead with daughter to suppress old poem – it’s dirty (8)
BEGRIMED – A three-letter word meaning to plead and the abbreviation for daughter include an old four-letter word for a poem.
20 Key feature of admin organisation (1,5)
D MINOR – The answer is hidden (feature of) in the last two words of the clue.
22 Demand payment without bill (5)
EXACT – A two-letter prefix meaning without followed by a three-letter word for a bill before parliament.
23 Girl one guy wound up over nothing (5)
NAOMI – The letter represented by one and a three-letter word for a guy reversed (wound up) around (over) the letter representing nothing.
24 Tacky, roofless, dilapidated vehicle (4)
HEAP – A five-letter word meaning tacky without the first letter (roofless).