AFR Cryptic (25/7/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SIGHTERS
They express disappointment about time shooting Tests (8) SIGHERS outside T
5 HEADER
He turned red after a top shot (6) HE + [(RED reversed) after A]
9 ABREAST
Level head of ranger bitten by a wild animal (7) (R)anger inside (A + BEAST)
10 DRIES UP
Agitated spider, given a dose of uranium, becomes unproductive (5,2) Anagram of SPIDER outside U
11 BRUTE FORCE
Be around for truce developed with great strength (5,5) BE outside anagram of FOR TRUCE
12 ABS
Muscles may be so evenly spaced (3) mAy Be So
14 RIDING
Local electoral division’s identification accepted by telephone (6) ID inside RING
15 NEGATION
Denial, for example, acknowledged in company of many people (8) EG inside NATION
17 SCHOOLIE
Go away carrying cold pork pie and prawn (8) SHOO outside C + LIE
18 LEVIES
Taxes 50% of vino containing dregs? Just the opposite! (6) (VI)no inside LEES
21 OUT
Finished with duck and 3 (retired)? (3) O + (TU reversed)
22 SUPPLICATE
Disgruntled pupils etc holding a petition (10) Anagram of PUPILS ETC outside A
24 SEA LANE
Close an Eastern trade route (3,4) SEAL + AN + E
25 CHEMIST
Drug dealer’s hemp mostly is exhibited in court (7) [(HEM)p + IS] inside CT
26 PASTED
Former newspaper chief is bombarded heavily (6) PAST + ED
27 WRITINGS
Collected works of an author, Italian summarised in extracts with difficulty (8) IT inside WRINGS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STABBER
Flag held up by well-known attacker (7) EBB reversed inside STAR
2 GO ROUND THE TRAPS
Tour group and others oddly taking little time (2,5,3,5) Anagram of GROUP AND OTHERS outside T
3 TRADE UNION
Federation upset – not about unaired broadcast (5,5) NOT reversed outside anagram of UNAIRED
4 RATION
Part Eve left out of biblical account (6) REVELATION minus (EVE + L)
6 EXIT
Leave cricket team in the centre of Cape Town (4) XI inside capE Town
7 DESTABILISATION
Weakening boat isn’t ideal at sea going around island (15) Anagram of BOAT ISNT IDEAL outside IS
8 ROPES IN
Reluctantly gets the assistance of one detained by displaced person (5,2) I inside anagram of PERSON
10 DECKED
Knocked down gutless crook in a heroic act? (6) C(roo)K inside DEED
13 MALEFICENT
Harmful male fellow, one with little money (10) MAKE + F + I + CENT
16 FIGURE
Value sawn-off shooter kept in sack (6) (GU)n inside FIRE
17 SHOWS UP
Manner adopted by upset cat stands out (5,2) HOW inside (PUSS reversed)
19 SHEATHS
Steel cases made by a female at high school (7) SHE + AT + HS
20 SPACER
Small horse – it maintains a steady gap (6) S + PACER
23 CARE
Keeping manual, say, close to phone (4) CAR + phon(E)

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