The Stickler Weekly 196 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PATIENCE
Cards match completed by bridge player in time (8) (TIE + N) inside PACE
5 STRAND
Run aground with anchor finally in position (6) ANCHO(R) inside STAND
9 EXPERIMENTALIST
Professional admitting terrible ailment is testing person (15) EXPERT outside (anagram of AILMENT + IS)
11 SEE THROUGH
Penetrate boil not completely hard (3,7) (SEETH)E + ROUGH
12 YARN
Energy not maintained in long story (4) YEARN minus E
14 PASTOR
Minister finished work at the centre (6) PAST + W(OR)K
15 STOUTEST
Most resolute students ultimately not allowed into examination (8) STUDENT(S) + (OUT inside TEST)
17 SLAVERED
Hard worker, suffering from exposure, showed signs of hunger (8) SLAVE + RED
19 BIASED
Partisan, one for instance, engaged by foundation (6) (I + AS) inside BED
22 HALL
Everybody gathered at the back of hospital’s assembly room (4) ALL after H
23 LIBERATION
Release abridged form of written accusation and share (10) (LIBE)L + RATION
26 SHRINKING VIOLET
Shy person accepted sovereign wearing odd-looking short veil (9,6) (IN + KING) inside anagram of SHORT VEIL
27 EMERGE
Come out and mingle after end of performance (6) MERGE after PERFORMANC(E)
28 URINATED
Weed, one found in nature, weirdly died (8) I inside anagram of NATURE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEELS
Soft fish sheds skin (5) P + EELS
2 TAPPETS
Drain and measure up engine parts (7) TAP + (STEP reversed)
3 EARTHMOVER
The army greatly worked over a digger, say (10) Anagram of (THE ARM)Y + OVER
4 COMMON
Ordinary punctuation?mark not totally acceptable (6) (COMM)A + ON
6 TEAK
Timber cut down one side (4) S(TEAK)
7 ANIMATE
Encourage one engaged by an associate (7) I inside (AN + MATE)
8 DETONATED
24 rolled up, arranged date, and went off? (9) NOTED reversed + anagram of DATE
10 NIGHTS
Times when people find it hard to see things at sea (6) Anagram of THINGS
13 MUTILATION
Physical deformity, one located originally in evolution (10) [I + (L)OCATED] inside MUTATION
14 POST-HASTE
Speedy delivery has limitations of time? (4-5) POST + HAS + (T)IM(E)
16 GEMINI
Sign, for example, lifted on top of small car (6) EG reversed + MINI
18 AT LARGE
Tonne carried by a jumbo for free (2,5) T inside (A + LARGE)
20 SKILLET
Frying pan butcher spotted among a collection of items (7) KILL inside SET
21 VERGER
Church official is ignored by upset grievers (6) Anagram of GRIEVERS minus IS
24 NOTED
Not one in charge of a paper is prominent (5) NOT + ED
25 SNUG
Compact weapons turned up (4) GUNS reversed

 

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