AFR Cryptic (29/9/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 WEATHERS
Sports divided up by the seasons (8) THE inside WEARS
5 CLERKS
Stickler taking on development without IT office workers (6) Anagram of STICKLER minus IT
10 EARPLUG
A rep arranged to carry a noise reduction unit (7) Anagram of A REP + LUG
11 MACHETE
Assistant taking hold of short chef’s chopper (7) MATE outside (CHE)f
12 LEASE
Agreement stipulated by letter as seen in shelter (5) AS inside LEE
13 THRESHOLD
Beat old lower limit (9) THRESH + OLD
14 POWER STATION
Two parties switched on large generator of electricity (5,7) Anagram of TWO PARTIES + ON
18 HEARTSTRINGS
This stranger disguised deep emotions (12) Anagram of THIS STRANGER
21 REDUCTION
Cut professional out of copy (9) REPRODUCTION minus PRO
23 ROMEO
Monroe, not Marilyn, ultimately confused lover (5) Anagram of MONROE minus marily(N)
24 CORDIAL
Warm core reduced by selector switch (7) (COR)e + DIAL
25 BACK OUT
Withdraw a gutless cook taking part in contest? (4,3) [A + C(oo)K] inside BOUT
26 SIDLED
Sedan at the front ticked over and crept along (6) (S)edan + IDLED
27 TESTATOR
Will architect examine a raised area? (8) TEST + A + TOR
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 WEEKLY
Periodical lacking vitality in expression (6) Sounds like WEAKLY
2 AERIAL
A regular show lacking initial broadcaster (6) A + (s)ERIAL
3 HELPED OUT
Mixed up “the dole” with “supplied assistance” (6,3) Anagram of UP THE DOLE
4 RIGHT VENTRICLE
Inverter glitch interfered with part of vital pump (5,9) Anagram of INVERTER GLITCH
6 LOCUS
Destructive insect not finished with place (5) (LOCUS)t
7 RHETORIC
He teased trio in middle of exercise with empty talk (8) (HE + anagram of TRIO) inside exe(RC)ise
8 SPEEDING
Going too fast to notice car accident outside entrance to park (8) (SEE + DING) outside (P)ark
9 IMPRESSIONABLE
One simple bra is twisted open (14) Anagram of ONE SIMPLE BRA IS
15 ANGORA CAT
Car backed into an animal with horns, a pet possibly (6,3) CAR reversed inside (AN + GOAT)
16 THE ROCKS
Ocker bungled replacing one in this part of Sydney (3,5) Anagram of OCKER replacing I in THIS
17 WANDERED
Disheartened dude, dressed in pale red, walked the streets? (8) D(ud)E inside (WAN + RED)
19 IMPORT
Bring in troublemaker or head of teaching? (6) IMP + OR + (T)eaching
20 CO-STAR
One of the main attractions cost a director at the end (2-4) COST + A + directo(R)
22 CRIME
America, inside borders, redefined unlawful acts? (5) Anagram of a(MERIC)a

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