AFR Cryptic (30/3/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOSTED
Those reassigned by head of department provided entertainment (6) Anagram of THOSE + (D)epartment
4 FARCICAL
Absurd curved shape one noticed in hide of new-born calf? (8) (ARC + I) inside anagram of CALF
9 STAYS UP
Guy, with sign of infection returning, doesn’t go to bed (5,2) STAY + (PUS reversed)
11 TEA BAGS
These may need to be potted to get results (3,4) Cyptic Definition
12 INFINITESIMAL
Very little batting time is not usual during final (13) IN + (anagram of TIME IS inside FINAL)
14 AFRAID
A loud attack is cowardly (6) A + F + RAID
15 CANOODLE
Pet ducks eaten by wicked thing? (8) OO inside CANDLE
18 LABELLED
Foreign beauty, hugged by young man, is named (8) BELLE inside LAD
20 ACT FOR
Replace ring in reconditioned craft (3,3) O inside anagram of CRAFT
23 STORAGE DEVICE
Computer equipment got erased mistakenly before failing (7,6) Anagram of GOT ERASED + VICE
26 EARACHE
A race rescheduled by the man is a problem for listener (7) Anagram of A RACE + HE
27 LATTICE
Trellis at back of unit covered in insects (7) [AT + unit(T)] inside LICE
28 SEPARATE
Individual’s copies backed price (8) APES reversed + RATE
29 GANGES
Associated groups gathered on banks of East Asian river (6) GANGS outside E
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOSPITABLE
Helpful shop replaced one piece of furniture (10) Anagram of SHOP + I + TABLE
2 STAFFER
Unlimited offer accepted by leading employee? (7) o)FFE(r inside STAR
3 ESSENTIAL
Reissuing of lease isn’t necessary (9) Anagram of LEASE ISNT
5 & 22-down ARTESIAN WELL
Saline water contaminated large water source (8,4) Anagram of SALINE WATER + L
6 CHASM
Opening has materialised in middle of Pac-Man? (5) HAS inside pa(CM)an
7 CRADLED
Arm of climber on wobbly ladder should be supported (7) (C)limber + anagram of LADDER
8 LOST
Group of retreating foot soldiers not able to be found (4) fooT SOLdiers reversed
10 PUTT
Golf shot backed up time and time again (4) UP reversed + T + T
13 RETRIEVERS
Go-getters are missing a version used in tests (10) (ARE minus A) + (VER inside TRIES)
16 ORCHESTRA
He’s engaged by actors involved with playing group (9)* This clue is faulty
17 RED ALERT
Opening of roads altered amended state of emergency (3,5) (R)oads + anagram of ALTERED
19 BUS TRIP
Arrest unsettled sea journey (3,4) BUST + RIP
21 FAILING
Fellow not very well is going down hill (7) F + AILING
22 See 5-down
24 OCCUR
Come about scoundrel after company in recession (5) CUR after (CO reversed)
25 PENS
Locks away stationery items (4) Double Definition

*The clue published for ORCHESTRA was faulty. My apologies.

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