A Puzzle by Sirdakka
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1a Stimulate excitation! (10)
INTOXICATE: An anagram (stimulate) of EXCITATION.
7a Don't start - that lot's next in line (4)
HEIR: A five-letter word meaning that lot’s with the first letter removed (don’t start).
9a Odd one out of five owns a Tesla (6)
QUAINT: A four-letter word meaning one out of five includes (owns) the A from the clue and is followed by the abbreviation for Tesla.
10a One mean drunk with a drop of Drambuie (8)
TIGHTWAD: A five-letter word meaning drunk followed by the abbreviation for with, the A from the clue and the first letter (a drop) of Drambuie.
11a Irritable, as you might be after solving 1, 4, 24, 27? (3,2,5)
OUT OF SORTS: Cryptic definition of how you might be having solved all the anagrams in the crossword.
12a Passionate verse penned by a retired detective (4)
AVID: The abbreviation for verse inside (penned by) the A from the clue and a reversal (retired) of an abbreviation for a detective.
13a Brown, as sap in oddly stunted plant (6)
BONSAI: The odd letters of the first four words of the clue.
15a It's possible for one to follow fish across a river (1,4,3)
I DARE SAY: A three-letter word meaning for one goes after (to follow) a three-letter word for a fish around (across) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for river.
17a American sweetheart swallowing pill with sip of apple juice (4,4)
ALOE VERA: The single letter abbreviation for American and a five-letter word for a sweetheart around (swallowing) the abbreviation for ecstasy (pill) and all followed by the first letter (sip) of apple.
19a Attacks fellow men, screaming "Aaa!" (6)
FORAYS: The abbreviation for fellow followed by the abbreviation for other ranks (men) and a homophone (screaming) of As (aaa).
21a Some rays originally entering aperture here? (4)
UVEA: The abbreviation for ultra-violet (some rays) and the first letters (originally) of entering aperture.
22a Mark on staff nearly cut three times? (6,4)
TREBLE CLEF: A word meaning three followed by a work meaning cut with the final letter removed (nearly).
24a It comes off after touch of cleanser (8)
COSMETIC: An anagram (off) of IT COMES after the first letter (touch) of cleanser.
25a A cross on the end of this archipelago (6)
AZORES: The A from the clue followed by a two-letter cross-breed animal, a two-letter word for on and the final letter (end) of this.
26a Fool entertaining king's demands (4)
ASKS: A three-letter word for a fool includes (entertaining) the abbreviation for king.
27a Introduce permeating liquid? (10)
IMPREGNATE: An anagram (liquid) of PERMEATING.
2d Island nation's opening a primitive university (5)
NAURU: The first letter (opening) of nations followed by the A from the clue, a two-letter word meaning primitive and the abbreviation for university.
3d Sinister knight breaking promises under order (7)
OMINOUS: The chess abbreviation for knight inside (breaking) a four-letter word for promises to pay all after (under) the abbreviation for order of merit.
4d Initially nutritious entities digested here (9)
INTESTINE: The first letter (initially) of nutritious followed by an anagram (digested) of ENTITIES.
5d Pastor Min ate a cupboard's contents - a trifle? (1,5,2,1,6)
A STORM IN A TEACUP: The answer is hidden (contents) in the first five words of the clue.
6d They cut marsh grass front to back (5)
EDGES: A five-letter word for marsh grass with the first letter moved to the back (front to back).
7d Steamy Rendezvous in HD! (3,4)
HOT DATE: A word that is abbreviated to H and a word that is abbreviated to D.
8d Single wise guys never pretend (9)
IMAGINARY: The letter representing single followed by a four-letter word for wise men or guys and a four-letter word meaning never.
14d Preoccupied with patent that conserves lithium (9)
OBLIVIOUS: A seven-letter word meaning patent or clear includes (that conserves) the chemical symbol for lithium.
16d A horse noisily chewed a branch (9)
AFFILIATE: The A from the clue followed by a homophone (noisily) of filly (horse) and a three-letter word meaning chewed.
18d Scholar's tots are growing up (7)
ERASMUS: A four-letter word meaning adds up or tots and the are from the clue are all reversed (growing up).
20d Vehicle held up by criminal boarded by old masked bandit (7)
RACCOON: A reversal (held up) of a three-letter type of vehicle followed by a three-letter word for a criminal that includes (boarded by) the abbreviation for old.
22d Excessively hot drink ordered for each player (5)
TUTTI: A homophone (ordered) of TOO (excessively) TEA (hot drink).
23d Judge overriding institute's right to bail out (5)
EJECT: A five-letter word meaning to build or institute has the R (right) replaced (overriding) by J (judge).