AFR Cryptic (7/3/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STRATEGIST
Street value is checked by great planner (10) ST + RATE + (IS inside GT)
6 STEM
Water level not needing a check (4) STEAM minus A
10 BELIEVE
Busy person, possessed by evil, butchered judge (7) BEE outside anagram of EVIL
11 LIE-DOWN
Acted deceptively to have rest (3-4) LIED + OWN
12 INDONESIA
Popular right is backed by a large republic (9) IN + DONE + (IS reversed) + A
13 STALE
Ending of this story is lacking originality (5) thi(S) + TALE
14 TOTTER
Head to the fish catcher’s rock (6) (T)he + OTTER
16 SLANDER
Polisher worked on the edges of large smear (7) SANDER outside L
17 PIE
Dish that is served after starter of prawns (3) IE after (P)rawns
19 DUNGEON
Waste a long time in prison (7) DUNG + EON
20 LOOKER
Observer is very good in new role (6) OK inside anagram of ROLE
23 CACAO
A chap oddly tucked into firm chocolate ingredient (5) [A + (C)h(A)p] inside CO
24 HOUSE-MATE
Sharing person at home upset about wear and tear (5-4) Anagram of AT HOME outside USE
26 RETINUE
Tenants of home unit errantly sent back suite (7) homE UNIT ERrantly reversed
27 INSPECT
Closely look at cricket, perhaps, including Pakistan’s opener (7) INSECT outside (P)akistan
28 SIDE
Party expressed disappointment audibly (4) Sounds like SIGHED
29 ORIGINATED
Misguided editor consuming alcohol before article is launched (10) Anagram of EDITOR outside (GIN + A)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOBRIETY
Dry state farm section stocking round cheese (8) STY outside (O + BRIE)
2 RILED
Exasperated owner finally turned round food shop (5) owne(R) + DELI reversed
3 THE UNDERGROUND
Energy generated in stormy disturbance crushed rapid transport system (3,11) E inside THUNDER + GROUND
4 GREASY
Like oil when present in hair colour (6) AS inside GREY
5 SALEABLE
Beer packaged in black is in demand (8) ALE inside SABLE
7 TOOK A LEAK
Visited gents, say, to drink ultimately, alcohol stored in oak (4,1,4) TO + [drin(K) + ALE] inside OAK
8 MANNER
Approach timeless remnant needing restoration? (6) Anagram of REMNAN(t)
9 PERSON-TO-PERSON
Family member chasing open reports distributed between individuals (6-2-6) SON after anagram of OPEN REPORTS
15 TRUNCATED
Time to work with new cadet is cut short (9) T + RUN + anagram of CADET
16 SIN
Offence is written up by head of narcotics (3) IS reversed + (N)arcotics
17 POOH BEAR
Ring around gaining support for fabulous honey-eater (4,4) HOOP reversed + BEAR
18 PRIESTED
Made a minister see trip a different way before the closing of synod (8) Anagram of SEE TRIP + syno(D)
21 ACORNS
They may be found under a tree or in cans, strangely (6) OR inside anagram of CANS
22 CURING
Copper band providing remedial treatment (6) CU + RING
25 AGENT
Pawn and a knight taken in win (5) A + (N inside GET)

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