A Puzzle by Hippogryph
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7 Liberal, say, backing common sense without a sign of hesitation (8)
GENEROUS – Reverse the abbreviation for “for example” (say) and follow with a four-letter word for common sense around (without) a t=two-letter word for a sign of hesitation.
9 Orange lady, possibly American, turned blue? (6)
SULLEN – The name of the orange seller who became the mistress of Charles II and the two-letter abbreviation for American all reversed (turned).
10 Popular Irishman escapes from loyalist disturbance (4)
RIOT – A seven-letter word for a loyalist without (escapes) a three-letter popular Irish name.
11 Gunner’s jacket, perhaps worn over sleeveless cardie (10)
BOMBARDIER – A six-letter word for a type of jacket around (worn over) the central letters (sleeveless) of cardie.
12 Person controlling enterprise succeeded following support at home (6)
BRAINS – The abbreviation for succeeded after (following) a three-letter word for a lady’s support garment and a two-letter word meaning at home.
14 Queen provided pieces of inside information about fighter (8)
SPITFIRE – The abbreviation for the current queen followed by a two-letter word meaning provided and a four-letter word for pieces of inside information all reversed (about).
15 Insect trapped in net, I’m returning from the East (7)
TERMITE – The answer is hidden (trapped in) and reversed (from the East).
17 Client’s bespoke design (7)
STENCIL – An anagram (bespoke) of CLIENTS.
20 Amusing, retrograde housing and hotel proprietor… (8)
LANDLORD – Reverse (retrograde) a five-letter word meaning amusing around (housing) the AND from the clue.
22 …set resident right following incorrect, discontented grievance (6)
BADGER – The abbreviation for right after (following – repeat of wordplay in 12a) after a three-letter word meaning incorrect and the outer letters (discontented) of grievance.
23 Lies concocted as if reality? Not I! (5,5)
FAIRY TALES – An anagram (concocted) of AS IF REALITY without the I in reality.
24 Make a copy of Sting brand (4)
BURN – Triple definition.
25 Hospital worker left ears in odd places? (6)
PORTER – The four-letter word nautical term for left followed by the odd letters of ears.
26 Dead sailor has buried chests where the sun don’t shine! (4,4)
DARK STAR – The abbreviation for dead and a three-letter word for a sailor all around (has buried) a four-letter word for chests.
1 Griped about early English lineage (8)
PEDIGREE – An anagram (about) of GRIPED followed by the abbreviation for early English.
2 Regularly consuming beers before match essentially leads to defeat (4)
BEST – The odd letters (regularly consuming) of beers followed by the central letter (essentially) of match.
3 Search with very large groups (6)
COMBOS – A four-letter word meaning search followed by the abbreviation for outsized (very large).
4 We’re told why interrupting siestas upset writer (8)
ESSAYIST – The letter Y (we’re told why) inside (interrupting) an anagram (upset) of SIESTAS.
5 Unfortunately, fed up during education with no clear purpose (3-7)
ILL-DEFINED – A three-letter word meaning unfortunately followed by a reversal (up) of FED, a two-letter word meaning during and a two-letter abbreviation for education.
6 Raven eerily disguising glossy exterior (6)
VENEER – The answer is hidden (disguising) in the first two words of the clue.
8 We need help digesting morning and afternoon snack (6)
SAMOSA – The three-letter abbreviation for the universal distress call around (digesting) the abbreviation for morning all followed by the abbreviation for afternoon.
13 Extravagant centrist’s claim? (10)
IMMODERATE – Split 2, 8, this might be the claim of someone who is middle of the road.
16 They might take you for a ride to start with, those scoundrels! (8)
TROTTERS – The first letter (to start with) of those followed by a seven-letter word meaning scoundrels.
18 Charlie is in East Mercia playing cornet accompaniment (3,5)
ICE CREAM – The letter represented by Charlie inside an anagram (playing) of E(East) MERCIA.
19 Put one’s oar in without preparation, intially getting mixed-up (6)
ADDLED – A seven-letter word meaning rowed (put one’s oar in) without the initial letter of preparation.
21 Top-rated line in River Island, fabulous! (6)
AVALON – The top-level exam grade and the abbreviation for line all inside a four-letter name of a river.
22 Cafe with monster eggs reportedly (6)
BISTRO – A homophone (reportedly) of BEAST (monster) ROE (eggs).
24 International airline has empty seats with low frequency (4)
BASS – The abbreviation for British Airways followed by the outer letters (empty) of seats.