AFR Cryptic (3/2/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BOOSTER SEAT
Vocal protests by a setter adversely affected child support (7,4) BOOS + anagram of A SETTER
9 CHEATER
Cold air-conditioner, one with a dodgy reputation (7) C + HEATER
10 SIGNAGE
Drug gang is sent back with instructional material (7) (E + GANG + IS) reversed
11 ASSAILED
When drunken ladies may be set upon (8) AS + anagram of LADIES
12 SLIP UP
Returning students fail (4,2) PUPILS reversed
14 SEND
Move point next to boundary (4) S(outh) + END
15 NATIONWIDE
Writer’s introduction featured in an edition distributed across the country (10) (W)RITER inside anagram AN EDITION
18 FASCINATED
New model of die-cast fan caused great interest (10) Anagram of DIE CAST FAN
19 SPAR
End must be cut off remaining rafter (4) (SPAR)E
22 DIRECT
Administer terrible court (6) DIRE + CT
24 STEERING
Mechanism used to control energy, twice reset in line (8) (E + E) inside STRING
26 REMOVAL
Veteran, originally restricted by poor morale, may be taking off (7) (V)ETERAN inside anagram of MORALE
27 OPERATE
Make a speech about gym work (7) ORATE outside PE
28 NERVE CENTRE
HQ’s section of “bible” held in extraordinary reverence (5,6) NT inside anagram of REVERENCE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BLESSINGS
Singles mingled in bars, not occupied with godly gifts? (9) Anagram of SINGLES inside (B)ar(S)
2 OBTAIN
Secure boat worked on at home (6) Anagram of BOAT + IN
3 TURNED AWAY
Detective, engaged by weary aunt, refused and refused to help? (6,4) D inside anagram of WEARY AUNT
4 RASP
File contents of folder as presented (4) foldeR AS Presented
5 EGGPLANT
For example, plan adopted by great vegetable producer (8) EG + (PLAN inside GT)
6 TRAMP
Transport taken by quiet drifter (5) TRAM + P
7 SCRAPS
Breaks up fights (6) Double Definition
8 KELPIE
Product of the sea that is a farmer’s friend (6) KELP + IE
13 MINESTRONE
Digger crossing street with a certain starter perhaps (10) MINER outside ST + ONE
16 IMPLICATE
Associate edited clip received by one partner (9) Anagram of CLIP inside (I + MATE)
17 DISCOVER
Find sound recording too much (8) DISC + OVER
18 FEDORA
A sports official turned up carrying party hat (6) (A REF) reversed outside DO
20 RIGGED
Outfitted one Governor-General dressed in a bright colour (6) (I + GG) inside RED
21 BEHEST
Command is most beneficial when he’s involved (6) BEST outside HE
23 RAMEN
Selection from diner, a menu item containing noodles (5) dineR A MENu
25 FLEE
Leave Labor’s leader in charge (4) (L)ABOR inside FEE

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