A Puzzle by Acnestis
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9 Mostly happy about source of uncertainty detectives clear up (9)
ELUCIDATE – A six-letter word meaning happy with the final letter removed (mostly) around the first letter (source) of uncertainty and a three-letter abbreviation for detectives.
10 Apple publication possibly gets round final stage of development (5)
IMAGO – How Apple prefixes its mobile products followed by a three-letter word for a publication and the letter that is round.
11 Perhaps Bernstein has time to replace new garment (7)
LEOTARD – The first name of the American composter with the abbreviation for time replacing the abbreviation for new.
12 Bad actor tours Delaware in style (3,4)
ART DECO – An anagram (bad) of ACTOR around the state abbreviation for Delaware.
13 Camouflaged shelter from which I depart (4)
HIDE – The answer is hidden (from) in the final three words of the clue.
14 Fired Eastern doctor of former Times editor (10)
EMBOLDENED – The abbreviations for Eastern and doctor of followed by a five-letter word for former times and the abbreviation for editor.
15 Reason to assume the Queen’s very uneasy (7)
NERVOUS – A four-letter word meaning reason includes (to assume) the abbreviations for the queen and very.
17 Criminal is full, having eaten a bit of Italian’s pasta (7)
FUSILLI – An anagram (criminal) of IS FULL includes (eaten) the first letter (a bit) of Italian.
19 Worrisome and annoying having leader beset by us (10)
UNSETTLING – An eight-letter word meaning annoying has the first letter embedded in (leader beset by) the US from the clue.
22 One has to avoid hassle finding key (4)
ISLE – The letter representing one followed by the word hassle from the clue with the has from the clue.
23 At mass gathering that man is in disbelief (7)
ATHEISM – The at from the clue and the abbreviation for mass include a two-letter word means that man and this IS from the clue.
24 Help put on a change of clothes? (7)
REDRESS – Double definition meaning help or compensation and to put on a new set of cloths.
26 Greek enchantress left out of group (5)
CIRCE – A six-letter word meaning a group or ring without the abbreviation for left.
27 Symbol of exchange with old currency (9)
TRADEMARK – A five-letter word meaning exchange followed by the name of the old German currency.
1 The rain has uncle running for cover (6,9)
HEALTH INSURANCE – An anagram (running) of THE RAIN HAS UNCLE.
2 Smaller group from America heading north over frontier (8)
SUBORDER – Reverse (heading north) the two-letter abbreviation for American over a six-letter word for a frontier.
3 Lives in Pennsylvania, in city with listed building (4)
PISA – A two-letter word meaning lives inside the state abbreviation for Pennsylvania.
4 Problem raised after fellow US lawyer gives court order (8)
MANDAMUS – A three-letter word meaning a problem is reversed (raised) after a three-letter word for a fellow and the abbreviation for an American lawyer.
5 Flowing on and on endlessly (6)
LEGATO – A three-letter word meaning on (in cricket terms) followed by a four-letter word meaning on something with the final letter removed (endlessly).
6 Dangers at beach resort priest ignored on vacation (3,5)
RIP TIDES – An anagram (resort) of PRIEST ID (ignored on vacation).
7 Collapse from cold on a vessel (4,2)
CAVE IN – The abbreviation for cold followed by the A from the clue and a blood carrying vessel.
8 Nostalgic sentiment of lord intoxicated by drink (3,3,5,4)
FOR OLD TIMES SAKE – An anagram (intoxicated) of OF LORD followed by an five-letter word meaning by or multiplied and a four-letter word for a Japanese drink.
16 Rogue is rude to stranger (8)
OUTSIDER – An anagram (rogue) of IS RUDE TO.
17 Gloomy fellow invented cloaking device at last (8)
FUNEREAL – The abbreviation for fellow followed by a six-letter word meaning invented around (cloaking) the final letter (at last) of device.
18 Upright wise man, extremely vocal, admits it is better to go here? (3,5)
LAS VEGAS – Reverse (upright) a four-letter word for a wise man and the outer letters (extremely) of vocal around another abbreviation for “it” as in beauty.
20 Special exercise keeps her in shape (6)
SPHERE – The abbreviation for special and exercise include (keeps) the HER from the clue.
21 Way I take advantage of briefly lifted restrictions (6)
LIMITS – Reverse (lifted) the abbreviations for street (way), the I from the clue and a four letter word meaning take advantage with the final letter removed (briefly).
25 Performance is outstanding, and that’s final! (4)
DUET – A three-letter word meaning outstanding (as in a debt) followed by the final letter for that.