AFR Cryptic (6/7/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COVERAGE
Shut up about surplus insurance (8) CAGE outside OVER
5 SPOILT
One left in an awkward situation messed up (6) (I + L) inside SPOT
9 ASSESSOR
Stupid person ordered roses for someone in the tax department (8) ASS + anagram of ROSES
10 POISON
Contamination from marijuana mostly is concerning (6) (PO)t + IS + ON
12 PLATO
Political party turned to philosopher (5) ALP reversed + TO
13 POSTULATE
Internet publication by leader of union delayed claim (9) POST + (U)nion + LATE
14 BETA PARTICLE
Be linked to report about bung nuclear emission (4,8) (BE + ARTICLE) outside TAP
17 CHEWED THE FAT
A few of us, entertained by hatted chef, informally chatted (6,3,3) WE inside anagram of HATTED CHEF
22 IMPARTIAL
Open-minded character that can’t be trusted, rigged a trial (9) IMP + anagram of A TRIAL
23 PEACE
Work of art expressed tranquillity (5) Sounds like PIECE
24 IRONIC
Double-edged golfclub – one offered by clubs (6) IRON + I + C
25 BUSINESS
Trade vehicles transporting in scaffolding initially (8) (BUSES outside IN) + (S)caffolding
26 MANURE
Fertiliser generated from horse on a diet of 50% nuts? (6) MARE outside (NU)ts
27 NEEDLESS
Unwanted injections given by head of surgery (8) NEEDLES + (S)urgery
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CLASPS
Group of students, handling pressure, embraces (6) CLASS outside P
2 VASSAL
Dependant, in opposition to a girl, stood up (6) V + A + (LASS reversed)
3 RESTORE
Bring back valuable resource following a short break (7) ORE after REST
4 GROUP CAPTAIN
Commissioned officer, up with cover in Iran, got redeployed (5,7) (UP + CAP) inside anagram of IRAN GOT
6 PRODUCT
Manufactured item expert linked to pipe (7) PRO + DUCT
7 INSTANCE
An insect impacted by evolution, for example (8) Anagram of AN INSECT
8 TENDERED
Romantic writer on paper made a proposal (8) TENDER + ED(itor)
11 ESCAPE CLAUSE
Rewritten “seascape” clue could be seen as way out (6,6) Anagram of SEASCAPE CLUE
15 ACTIVISM
Treatment of victims under a militant policy (8) Anagram of VICTIMS after A
16 DEEP DOWN
Page in legal document now altered internally (4,4) P inside DEED + anagram of NOW
18 EARLIER
Invention, right, put behind ear in the first place (7) (LIE + R) after EAR
19 APPLIED
Practical iPhone supplier stocking one type of device primarily (7) (APPLE outside I) + (D)evice
20 GAMETE
Match external parts of the reproductive cell (6) GAME + (T)h(E)
21 HEISTS
The man is concealing street robberies (6) (HE + IS) outside ST

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