A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm
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1 Rock music in Palladium? (5,5)
HEAVY METAL – Double definition.
7 Rot affecting Uffizi’s frames (4)
GUFF – The answer is hidden (frames) in the second and third words of the clue.
9 North American people not completely happy with Washington (8)
CHIPPEWA – A seven-letter word meaning happy without the last letter (not completely) followed by the state code for Washington.
10 Specialist wine bottles unavailable (6)
BOFFIN – A three-letter word for wine includes (bottles) a three-letter word meaning unavailable.
11 Fix councillor, one tailed by intelligence officers (6)
CRISIS – The abbreviation for councillor followed by the letter representing one and the abbreviation for Secret Intelligence Service.
13 Swipe right? Not the last two – terrible hairpieces! (8)
PERIWIGS – An anagram (terrible) of SWIPE RIGHT without the last two letters.
14 Cuba’s part of this area, beset by poor climate and rain (5,7)
LATIN AMERICA – The abbreviation for area inside an anagram (poor) of CLIMATE RAIN.
17 Get wrong nursing home: man smart and right to move (12)
MISINTERPRET – A six-letter word for a man includes (nursing) a two-letter word meaning home all followed by a four-letter word meaning smart with the abbreviation for right moved one place to the left.
20 Firm’s in difficulty (8)
HARDSHIP – A four-letter word meaning firm with the S from ’s added followed for a three-letter word meaning in or trendy.
21 Lack of variety from Hendrix, regularly stifled by pot? (6)
TEDIUM – The even letters (regularly) of Hendrix inside (stifled by) a three-letter word for a pot or stomach.
22 Olivier delivered for the audience a tense Rope (6)
LARIAT – A homophone (delivered for the audience) of Larry (Olivier) followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for tense.
23 Retiring setter spread out books and a piece of music (4,4)
TONE POEM – A reversal (retiring) a two letter word for the setter, a four-letter word meaning spread out and the abbreviation for Old Testament (books).
25 March Disney Time put out for kids originally (4)
WALK – The first name of Mr Disney with the T (time) replaced (put out for) by the original letter of Kids
26 Provide a duct through lane, inches out of place (10)
CHANNELISE – An anagram (out of place) of LANE INCHES.
2 Heavenly woman pens touching article (8)
ETHEREAL – A five-letter name for a woman includes (pens) a two letter word meaning touching or about and the indefinite article.
3 Maybe someone Famous Five turned good (3)
VIP – The Roman numeral for five followed by a reversal (turning) of a two letter word meaning good.
4 English and French plugging Shell for motocross rallies (5)
MEETS – The abbreviation for English and the French word for and inside (plugging) the outer letters (shell) of Motocross.
5 Suffering most of epic Star Trek wearily (7)
TRAIPSE – An anagram (suffering) of EPI (most of epic) STAR.
6 Lech Walesa essentially inspiring one bloke here (9)
LIBERTINE – The middle letters (essentially) of Walesa include (inspiring) the letter representing one, a four letter man’s name and a two letter word meaning here.
7 Boon finished filming in attractive surroundings in Bow? (4-7)
GIFT-WRAPPED – A four-letter word meaning a boon followed by a seven-letter word meaning finished filming.
8 Unconventional skirt (6)
FINGE – Double definition.
12 Removed fleece product from farm? (7,4)
SKIMMED MILK – A seven-letter word meaning removed followed by a four-letter word meaning fleece or con.
15 In Great Taste Awards, initially cites the brewing (9)
AESTHETIC – The first letter (initially) of awards followed by an anagram (brewing) of CITES THE.
16 Inspectors with a drug addict’s son (8)
PERUSERS – A three-letter word meaning a head followed by a four-letter word for a drug user and the abbreviation for son.
18 Oil reportedly tasteless? Mostly that (7)
NAPHTHA – A homophone (reportedly) of naff (tasteless) followed by the first three letters (mostly) of that.
19 A delay cracking open mother’s dessert wine and port (6)
MALAGA – The A from the clue and a three-letter word meaning a delay inside (cracking open) a two-letter word for a mother.
21 Joint uprising is suppressed amid hostility (5)
TENON – A seven-letter word meaning hostility or stress without (suppressed) the IS from the clue.
24 One from Friends – Joey, maybe (3)
PAL – Elliptical definition, think of the musical ??? Joey as well as the character in friends.