AFR Cryptic (25/11/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STEP DOWN
Leave office in newly-renovated NSW depot (4,4) Anagram of NSW depot
5 ASIDES
Actors are well known for these popular songs (6) Double Definition
10 CROWN
Rook close to fallen king (5) CROW + FALLE(N)
11 LYONNAISE
Served with onions, side of lamb is eaten by anyone in a mess (9) (L)AMB + (IS inside anagram of ANYONE)
12 ACCOMMODATING
Co-operative, dogmatic man represented outside company? (13) Anagram of DOGMATIC MAN outside CO
14 WASH
Laundry is no longer hot (4) WAS + H
15 BELGRADE
Be left to assess European capital (8) BE + L + GRADE
18 PAD
Pressure applied to commercial paper group (3) P + AD
19 RED ONION
Duck served in unusual diner on vegetable (3,5) O inside anagram of DINER + ON
20 ALTO
Government department occupied with large part of singing group (4) ATO outside L
23 SHORT-TEMPERED
Fiery step-mother ordered wine (5-8) Anagram of STEP MOTHER + RED
25 HOOLIGANS
Yobbos and hoon cut off broadcast signal (9) (HOO)N + anagram of SIGNAL
26 CHINA
Our mate’s leaving troubled South American country (5) Anagram of SOUTH AMERICAN minus OUR MATES
27 DREAMY
Each metre drilled into cutting is fantastic (6) (EA + M) inside DRY
28 MANDATED
Person behind the Times invested with authority (8) MAN + DATED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOCIAL WORK
One limited by crook laws applied for welfare job (6,4) I inside anagram of CROOK LAWS
2 EXORCISED
Old friend is taken in by false credo and cast out (9) EX + (IS inside anagram of CREDO)
3 DYNAMO
Forceful person many held back in the middle of party (6) MANY reversed inside DO
4 WALLOP
State survey, uploaded, is a big hit (6) WA + (POLL reversed)
6 SAN DIEGO
Californian port’s sand that is half gone (3,5) SAND + IE + (GO)NE
7 DOING
Man’s best friend accepting popular action (5) DOG outside IN
8 SLEW
A large number killed (4) Double Definition
9 FORAGED
Looked round for senior (7) FOR + AGED
13 SECOND-HAND
First type of Civic (Honda) strangely listed in dispatch as nearly-new (6-4) [(C)IVIC + anagram of HONDA] inside SEND
15 BAN
Restrict financial institution almost totally (3) (BAN)K
16 ALLERGIST
Girl’s tale confused medical specialist (9) Anagram of GIRLS TALE
17 UNIONISM
Educational facility on island added to male membership (8) UNI + ON + IS + M
18 PONTIAC
Blended pinot served with a cold vegetable (7) Anagram of PINOT + A + C
21 CESSNA
Type of small plane needed primarily in unusual cases (6) (N)EEDED inside anagram of CASES
22 SPICED
Seasoned special kept in cold storage (6) SP + ICED
23 STOLE
Item worn by a woman may be ripped off (5) Double Definition
24 SHED
The girl had space for storage (4) (SHE HAD) contracted

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