AFR Cryptic (11/5/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SEARCH ME
Unusual charm clutched by witness I don’t know (6,2) Anagram of CHARM inside SEE (verb)
5 FISCAL
Financial burden of sheriff is calculated (6) sherifF IS CALculated
9 DETER
One not accepted by weight-watcher is put off (5) DIETER minus I
10 DISMANTLE
Knock down front part of dangerous and dilapidated salt mine (9) (D)angerous + anagram of SALT MINE
12 CLASSIFICATION
Year 1 fabricated story about a grading (14) CLASS + I + (FICTION outside A)
14 RATS
Refuse visitors entry in error at stadium (4) erroR AT Stadium
15 GET THERE
Go places, for example, coming back with T2 present (3,5) EG reversed + TT + HERE
18 SURGEONS
Family members gathered around to encourage theatre workers (8) SONS outside URGE
20 GIRL
Young lady returned outfit and left (4) RIG reversed + L
24 CARDIOVASCULAR
Hearty, eccentric soul a vicar converted? (14) CARD + anagram of SOUL A VICAR
26 EXTROVERT
AFL player quoted in text upset one who is not retiring (9) ROVER inside anagram of TEXT
27 RANCH
Large farm looked after cows and heifers primarily (5) RAN + (C)ows + (H)eifers
28 MIRAGE
Magician’s first one to see red optical illusion (6) (M)agician + I + RAGE
29 SPEEDS UP
Cat, keeping low in retreat, gets moving (6,2) (PUSS outside DEEP) reversed
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SEDUCTRESS
Femme fatale changed cute dress before start of soiree (10) Anagram of CUTE DRESS + (S)oiree
2 ATTRACT
Pull a trolley over in middle of abattoir (7) A + [CART reversed inside aba(TT)oir]
3 CORPSE
Extra information processed internally by central body (6) PS inside CORE
4 MID-OFF
Petty disagreement about cover fieldsman (3-3) MIFF outside DO
6 IN A STATE
Agitated, unstable form of astatine (2,1,5) Anagram of ASTATINE
7 CATHODE
Terminal at hospital bound by regulations (7) (AT + H) inside CODE
8 LEEK
King fish served up with vegetable (4) (K + EEL) reversed
11 SACHET
Sealed envelope located outside a church (6) SET outside (A + CH)
13 DEALERSHIP
Business leaders mixed in (10) Anagram of LEADERS + HIP
16 HEADLONG
He treated old nag rashly (8) HE + anagram of OLD NAG
17 UNDONE
Outstanding fund not started by an individual (6) (f)UND + ONE
19 REACTOR
Train carrying carbon to a nuclear device (7) REAR (verb) outside (C + TO)
21 ISLANDS
Lives on large and small ocean retreats (7) IS + L + AND +S
22 LAPTOP
Money won from gambling friend fixed up computer (6) (POT + PAL) reversed
23 ACCRUE
Build up a team of workers in speech (6) Sounds like A CREW
25 GERM
European releasing an undesirable micro-organism (4) GERMAN minus AN

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