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A very enjoyable and well clued crossword from Hopping Rhino. The commentometer reads as 1.5/28 or 5.4%.
7a English mob half-hearted after drink, and can be beaten (9)
SUPERABLE: The abbreviation for English and a six-letter word for a mob with the double letter in the middle reduced to one letter (half-hearted) after a three-letter word meaning to drink.
8a Partner has no right to be savage (5)
FIEND: A six-letter word for a partner without the abbreviation for right. As a comment was made on the synonym for partner, the primary definition of the word used in the solution is “A person loving or attached to another” which could also be a partner in a relationship or marriage.
10a Something very fast finds enthusiastic audience? (8)
CLAPPERS: Double definition, the first by reference to the simile “going like the …”
11a Join assault, saving King Henry (6)
ATTACH: A six-letter word for an assault without (saving) the final K (King) followed by the abbreviation for Henty.
12a Deadly mountain (4)
FELL: Double definition. I think to describe the solution as a mountain is over stretching the synonym.
13a Get ferret to settle in (4,4)
TAKE ROOT: A four-letter word meaning get followed by a four-letter word meaning to ferret.
15a Baffle fellow fool (7)
FLUMMOX: The abbreviation for fellow followed by a six-letter word meaning a fool.
17a A poet is agitated to get drugs (7)
OPIATES: An anagram (agitated) of A POET IT.
20a Keep close to camp in serious storm (8)
DOWNPOUR: A three-letter word meaning to keep or possess and the final letter (close) to camp inside a four-letter word meaning serious.
22a Love to chat about Roger (4)
OKAY: The letter representing love or nothing followed by a reversal (about) of a three-letter word meaning to chat.
25a Two mothers start to lactate. This provides milk for the brood (6)
MAMMAL: A three-letter word for mother followed by a two-letter word for a mother (two mothers) followed by the first letter (start) to lactate.
26a Occasionally we’ll help shear nuts animal (8)
ELEPHANT: The even letters (occasionally) of the second to fifth words of the clue.
27a Capital worker embodies service (5)
BERNE: A worker in a hiver includes (embodies) the abbreviation for Royal Navy (service).
28a I forecast bombing works (9)
FACTORIES: An anagram (bombing) of I FORECAST.
1d Listen to the French horn (5)
BUGLE: A three-letter word meaning to listen by covert means followed by the French masculine singular form of the.
2d Leaders of the eastern mystics, promoting Lamaism, endow shrine (6)
TEMPLE: The initial letters (leaders) of the third to eighth word of the clue.
3d Eurovision winner delivers crushing defeat (8)
WATERLOO: Double definition, the first being the song by Abba that won the said contest.
4d Friendly with Private Ocean (5,2)
CLOSE TO: A six-letter word meaning private followed by an abbreviation for ocean. Whilst the abbreviation may be on-line, as it is not in the printed edition, it is not likely to be accepted in a published crossword.
5d Albert’s mate in a state (8)
VICTORIA: Double definition, the Albert being the prince consort.
6d Reports European Community’s replaced titanium in medicines (9)
ANECDOTES: The abbreviation for European Community replaces the chemical symbol for titanium in a nine-letter word for medicines that counteract the effect of a toxin.
9d Bar Khmer leader under boycott (4)
BANK: The initial letter (leader) of Khmer under a three-letter word meaning to boycott.
14d A pound found and set aside (9)
ALLOCATED: The A from the clue and the abbreviation for pounds sterling and a seven-letter word meaning found.
16d Medic and soldiers set in stone as a memorial (8)
MONUMENT: The abbreviation for medical orderly followed by a three-letter for soldiers inside a three-letter word for the stone in fruit.
18d Objects to unexpected rest stop (8)
PROTESTS: An anagram (unexpected) of REST STOP.
19d Tracks artillerymen returning to magazine (7)
ARSENAL: A five-letter word for tracks and the abbreviation for royal artillery all reversed (returning). Again, as there was a question about the synonym, the definition of track includes “a beaten path or road” so I think that the synonym is valid.
21d Parliament’s members can be chickens when leaderless (4)
OWLS: A five-letter word meaning chickens without the first letter (leaderless).
23d Guarantee proclaimed on land (6)
ASHORE: A homophone of assure (guarantee). Try to avoid homophone indicators that split the wordplay and the definition as it is not clear which is the word to create the homophone from.
24d Heavenly being in orange lingerie (5)
ANGEL: The answer is hidden in the final two words of the clue.