AFR Cryptic (6/2/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DAMES
People entitled to block “Investor’s Centre” (5) DAM + inv(ES)tor
4 SPEARMAN
Small orchardist’s sticker? (8) S + PEARMAN
10 SIGNATORY
One who endorses an American soldier recalled in report (9) (AN + GI) reversed inside STORY
11 ELDER
Crooked dealer paying no attention to a senior (5) Anagram of DEALER minus A
12 ILL-STARRED
Unlucky trader is hassled about end of deal repeatedly (3-7) Anagram of TRADER IS outside [dea(L) twice]
13 VISA
Travel document is recognised in heart of Slovakia (4) IS inside slo(VA)kia
15 CHAINED
Restrained tea room that’s cosy in retreat (7) CHAI + (DEN reversed)
16 THEBAN
The outlaw is an old Greek (6) THE + BAN
18 PIQUET
Player’s lead transformed quiet card game (6) (P)layer + anagram of QUIET
20 CHOPS UP
Divides beer ingredient in small container (5,2) HOPS inside CUP
22 ONCE
Part of initiation ceremony in the past (4) initiatiON CEremony
23 SPLATTERED
Special coffee, a light colour, is thrown out? (10) SP + LATTE + RED
25 SPOOL
Bobbin coils around (5) LOOPS reversed
26 INSTALLER
It loads bins higher after breaking initially (9) (b)INS + TALLER
27 MEDIATED
Acted as a referee is heartless on drugs? (8) MEDI(c)ATED
28 DRAWL
Speak slowly with minor about life primarily (5) WARD reversed + (L)ife
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DISTINCT
Marked disc containing metal tube at the front (8) DISC outside TIN + (T)ube
2 MAGELLANIC CLOUD
Heavenly entity came calling in a drunken state, making lots of noise (10,5) Anagram of CAME CALLING + LOUD
3 STARTING UP
Leading, worthless dog, rolling over and rising suddenly (8,2) STAR + TIN + (PUG reversed)
5 PAYMENT
Reward leader of youth workers involved in minor strike (7) [(Y)outh + MEN] inside PAT
6 APEX
Power used by former partner after a summit (4) (P + EX) after A
7 MADE IN AUSTRALIA
Angry Italian user maligned a local product endorsement (4,2,9) MAD + anagram of ITALIAN USER + A
8 NORMAN
Standard set by an old Frenchman (6) NORM + AN
9 SOARED
As reported, a bottle of wine increased in price sharply (6) SO + A + RED
14 REPORT CARD
Assessment is left by coach written in red (6,4) (PORT + CAR) inside RED
17 EPIDURAL
Number that may be employed for delivery? (8) Cryptic Definition
19 TOPSIDE
Movement restricting operations should be cut (7) TIDE outside OPS
20 CLASSY
Posh girl settled in city’s outskirts (6) LASS inside (C)it(Y)
21 POSSUM
Australian native’s post largely linked to problem at school (6) (POS)t + SUM
24 ULNA
Last two-thirds of manual redefined a section of framework (4) Anagram of ma(NUAL)

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