The Stickler Weekly 192 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STRUCK
Small vehicle involved in a collision (6) S + TRUCK
4 IMPASSES
Fools behind troublemaker’s insurmountable difficulties (8) ASSES after IMP
9 INTENT
Design under canvas? (6) IN TENT
10 BACHELOR
Person who has studied a famous composer, recalled part (8) BACH + (ROLE reversed)
12 PHONETIC
One in perfect pitch (not!) representing vocal sounds? (8) ONE inside anagram of PITCH
13 SUBDUE
Withdrawn coach expected defeat (6) BUS reversed + DUE
14 E-MAIL
One involved in returning unsatisfactory messages (1-4) I inside (LAME reversed)
15 DEFEATIST
Swallow is wrapped in handy wet blanket (9) (EAT + IS) inside DEFT
18 SLENDERLY
Just creditor operating in secret (9) LENDER inside SLY
19 DREAM
Imagine front of daily paper (5) (D)AILY + REAM
21 LOCKED
Having hair fastened with a clasp? (6) Double Definition
23 FRONT-END
Retrieval of web handled by palm-top computer? (5-3) (NET reversed) inside FROND
25 EQUIPPED
Prepared comedienne finally said something funny (8) COMEDIENN(E) + QUIPPED
26 FOLATE
Three-quarters of people ate healthy stuff (6) (FOL)K + ATE
27 TAKE NOTE
Observe gambling game played in state down south (4,4) KENO inside (STATE minus S)
28 TESTES
Established couple recalled balls (6) (SET twice) reversed
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STIPPLE
Pepper and salt put on drink regularly (7) S + TIPPLE
2 RATIONALE
Reasons to limit supply of alcohol (9) RATION + ALE
3 CONCEALED WEAPON
Peace deal now in trouble after fool pocketed gun, say? (9,6) Anagram of PEACE DEAL NOW after CON
5 MEAL
Trimmed beef, say, served with large quantity of food (4) (MEA)T + L
6 A THOUSAND AND ONE
Overwhelming number at home carrying contaminated DNA identified by an expert (1,8,3,3) AT HOUSE outside (anagram of DNA + AN + DON)
7 SOLID
Upstanding one bound by auctioneer’s call (5) I inside SOLD
8 SURFEIT
Swell match held up an excessive amount (7) SURF + TIE (reversed)
11 GIRDER
Embarrassed engineer pushed back metal beam (6) (RED + RIG) reversed
16 FLYERS
They flog, without advertising initially, promotional material (6) FLAYERS minus (A)DVERTISERS
17 INELEGANT
One angle formed in mesh is not neat (9) I + anagram of ANGLE inside NET
18 SALIENT
Conspicuous foreigner standing in the middle of street (7) ALIEN inside ST
20 MADNESS
End up participating in mass hysteria (7) END reversed inside MASS
22 CHUCK
Throw out meat (5) Double Definition
24 VENT
Opening item on a programme started late (4) E(VENT)

 

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