AFR Cryptic (7/4/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ALTRUISM
A trite statement about large charity (8) (A + TRUISM) outside L
5 FOSSIL
Antiquated poles wrapped in thin metal plate (6) S+S inside FOIL
9 BUILDING SOCIETY
Barrister’s first guilty decision ruined prominent lender (8,7) (B)ARRISTER + anagram of GUILTY DECISION
11 INTERCEDES
One linked with secret den fraudulently acts as a mediator (10) I + anagram of SECRET DEN
12 FRET
Wear away part of a guitar (4) Double Definition
13 GOSSIP
Former Qld premier, one starting to promote scandal (6) GOSS + I + (P)ROMOTE
15 DESCRIBE
Bishop involved with creed is conditioned to paint a mental picture (8) B inside anagram of CREED IS
18 BOTHERED
Person sitting outside there is troubled (8) BOD outside THERE
19 TACTIC
She pulled out of converted catechist’s scheme (6) Anagram of CATECHIST minus SHE
22 CAST
Company project (4) Double Definition
23 ILLUMINATE
Sick emu ain’t treated with shed light on (10) ILL + anagram of EMU AINT
26 RAINBOW LORIKEET
Owl, flanked by airborne kite, tormented colourful Australian bird (7,8) OWL inside anagram of AIRBORNE KITE
27 MODEST
Approach street unpretentious in appearance (6) MODE + ST
28 LEANED ON
Bony swelling when running back may be squeezed (6,2) LEAN + (NODE reversed)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 AMBLING
Disoriented lamb, in middle of dingoes, is moving slowly (7) Anagram of LAMB IN + DIN(G)OES
2 TWIST
Fool grabbing head of sharp screw (5) TWIT outside (S)HARP
3 UNDERLINE
Subway stress? (9) Double Definition
4 SINGED
Flawed design is affected by heat (6) Anagram of DESIGN
6 ORCA
Unlimited force exhibited by a creature of the sea? (4) F(ORC)E + A
7 SPEARMINT
Branch, one dipped in drained herb (9) (ARM + I) inside SPENT
8 LAYETTE
Baby’s set of clothing still inside after hours (7) YET inside LATE
10 SEEDER
Appreciate rose, for example, going up planter (6) SEE + (RED reversed)
14 SATISFIED
Happy fiesta is not normally sad at the end (9) Anagram of FIESTA IS + SA(D)
16 COALITION
Fossil fuel – it is reduced by half by active political group (9) COAL + IT + (I)S + ON
17 MELLOW
Mature sort of elm not reaching a high level (6) Anagram of ELM + LOW
18 BUCKRAM
Spot youngster coming back with book-binding material (7) (MARK + CUB) reversed
20 CHEAT ON
Be unfaithful to dupe filled with passion (5,2) CON outside HEAT
21 FURORE
Stir caused by fur (or ermine) in short supply (6) FUR OR Ermine
24 AMEND
Change people starring in commercial (5) MEN inside AD
25 IBIS
Bird is after one bug initially (4) IS after [I + (B)UG]

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