AFR Cryptic (11/2/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ALLSPICE
Slice of lemon grated into mixture of special food flavouring (8) (L)EMON inside anagram of SPECIAL
5 PASTEL
Gum, large, is a light colour (6) PASTE + L
9 TIGERISH
Bloodthirsty Irish get beaten up (8) Anagram of IRISH GET
10 ESCHEW
Avoid hack after escape (6) HEW after ESC (keyboard key)
12 TRUMP
Nation excluded from amendment of important UN leader (5) Anagram of UN IMPORTANT minus NATION
13 TRIMESTER
Balance an organic compound – it’s an academic term (9) TRIM + ESTER
14 DESERT ISLAND
Endless dirt scattered around a remote place (6,6) Anagram of ENDLESS DIRT outside A
17 COURT-MARTIAL
Military tribunal heard law official in custody (5-7) Sounds like CAUGHT MARSHAL
22 ALABASTER
Type of gypsum a research centre rates poorly (9) A + LAB + anagram of RATES
23 HONDA
Car-maker had changed around reflection of number (5) Anagram of HAD outside (NO reversed)
24 BLOATS
Craft handling large swells (6) BOATS outside L
25 THIEVING
Act involving evil to a great extent? (8) THING outside (EVI)L
26 EXTORT
Blackmail letters typed in text or transcript (6) tEXT OR Transcript
27 APPENDED
Added software program finished (8) APP + ENDED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ASTUTE
Knowing, for instance, class at university (6) AS + TUTE
2 LOG OUT
Yahoo keeping function to disconnect from a computer system (3,3) LOUT outside GO
3 PORK-PIE
Wild kipper stuffed with duck is a meaty dish (4-3) Anagram of KIPPER outside O
4 COST THE EARTH
He dropped in reconditoned Escort that was very expensive (4,3,5) HE inside anagram of ESCORT THAT
6 ABSCESS
Blood-type, stored in cases, developed small infection (7) B inside anagram of CASES + S
7 TAHITIAN
Pacific Islander, a battered one, wearing brown (8) (A + HIT + I) inside TAN
8 LOW-GRADE
Unsettled lodger was not totally poor (3-5) Anagram of (LODGER WA)S
11 DICTATORSHIP
Absolute rule confused this actor in decline (12) Anagram of THIS ACTOR inside DIP
15 SCRABBLE
Crowd that’s disorderly at end of shortened SCG game (8) RABBLE after (SC)G
16 RUNABOUT
Burn a terribly old-fashioned car used around town (8) Anagram of BURN A + OUT
18 TRACTOR
Farm vehicle overturned rubbish cart (7) (ROT + CART) reversed
19 ATHLETE
Sportsperson at hospital allowed home finally (7) AT + H + LET + HOM(E)
20 UNTIED
Insecure relative, losing head, died (6) A(UNTIE) + D
21 BAGGED
A Governor-General taking role in foundation is criticised (6) (A + GG) inside BED

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