A Puzzle by Starhorse
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1a Reportedly support Martian, possibly debauched (12)
BACCHANALIAN: A homophone (reportedly) of back (support) an alien (Martian, possibly).
9a Cook blames following recipe for waffles (7)
RAMBLES: An anagram (cook) of BLAMES after (following) the abbreviation for recipe.
10a Turn left for a place to pray in the East End (7)
CHANCEL: A six-letter word for a turn or opportunity followed by the abbreviation for left.
11a Press quiet about dispute (6)
SMOOTH: A two-letter abbreviation meaning quiet about a four letter word for a dispute.
12a Basic shack, no fittings, no TV, rejected (8)
SKELETON: The outer letters (no fillings) of skeleton followed by a reversal (rejected) of the NO from the clue and a four-letter word for a TV.
14a Lose control of favourite artefacts? (2,2,6)
GO TO PIECES: If you have zero artefacts and express this a different way you have a phrase meaning lost control.
15a Greek character, not quite the brightest? (4)
BETA: The Greek letter following alpha (the brightest).
16a Has drinks without daughter (4)
OWNS: A five-letter word meaning drinks without the abbreviation for daughter.
17a OK, place bet, possibly on account (10)
ACCEPTABLE: An anagram (possibly) of PLACE BET after (on) a two-letter abbreviation for account.
20a Animals spotted by old men next to sign across the way (8)
LEOPARDS: A three-letter word (in the plural) for old men after (next to) a three-letter sign of the zodiac all around (across) the abbreviation for road.
21a Criminal gangs mentioned advice from marketeers? (6)
TRIADS: A homophone (mentioned) of try ads (advice from marketeers).
24a Clarinet, not new, repaired for performance (7)
RECITAL: An anagram (repaired) of CLARINET without the abbreviation for new.
25a Note describes article on source of Italian wine (7)
CHIANTI: A four-letter word for a written note around (describes) the two-letter indefinite article all followed by the first letter (source) of Italian.
26a Part of another racket? (6,6)
SECOND FIDDLE: A six-letter word for another followed by a six-letter word for a racket or con.
1d Ask Rabbi to bring up sample snaps (5)
BARKS: The answer it hidden (sample) and reversed (to bring up) in the first two words of the clue.
2d What openly gay policemen do to tackle a riot? (4,3,2,5)
COME OUT IN FORCE: Overlapping cryptic definition and definition.
3d Summit reached by husband and I above large lake on Jersey? (7)
HILLTOP: The abbreviation for husband followed by the I from the clue, the abbreviations for large and lake and a three-letter word for an item of clothing such as a jersey.
4d Ancient Mariner taking son for a meal (4)
NOSH: The biblical mariner from the book of Genesis with the abbreviation for son replacing the A.
5d One's hairy role on the canal? (4-6)
LOCK-KEEPER: Cryptic definition and definition.
6d Farmland in Arkansas, and elevated Italian island (6)
ARABLE: The state code for arable followed by a reversal (elevated) of a four-letter name of an Italian island.
7d Daft clue for a binder? (14)
SCATTERBRAINED: A reverse anagram clue where the first part of solution (as an anagram indicator) applied to the second part of the solution would give a binder.
8d Crook loses head on opening stretch (8)
ELONGATE: A five-letter word for a crook without the initial F (loses head) followed by a four-letter word for an opening.
13d Minor fault in coil placed incorrectly (10)
PECCADILLO: An anagram (incorrectly) of COIL PLACED.
14d Old vehicles pulled by horses or dogs? (8)
GROWLERS: Double definition.
18d Government levy after period one ends (7)
TERMINI: The abbreviation for national insurance (government levy) after a phrase (4,1) meaning period one.
19d Launch the French Defence? (6)
CASTLE: A four-letter word meaning launch or throw followed by the French masculine singular for the.
22d Shoot carp or wading birds (5)
SNIPE: A triple definition.
23d Current month, up north, is very cold (4)
ICED: The abbreviation for current followed by a reversal (up north) of the abbreviation for December (month).