Postscript : Sorry I wasn’t able to be around my computer after posting the blog. I have made the necessary amendments below thanks to those who contributed to my further edification. No, I wasn’t grumpy ; somehow this puzzle did not appeal to me. After all, we can’t all be liking the same thing, can we?
1 IN TRANSIT INTRANSITIVE (verb) minus I’VE
6 GRASP G (good) RASP (tool)
9 CORSAIR Lovely definition “main villain” but the wordplay (thanks to ulaca) is the ins of R (right) SA (sex appeal) in COIR (material for rope)
10 RATIONS ORATIONS (addresses) minus O
11 SMART dd
12 NAIL PUNCH Ins of A in NIL (nothing) + PUNCH (a hot drink?) In all the parties I have attended, the punch is usually cold or am I reading this wrong? “hot” being popular?
13 MILES Here again, I am stumped but thanks to Kevingregg, Miles Coverdale (or Myles) was a translator of the Bible, who published the first printed English translation in the mid-16th century.
14 IRON CROSS “I, RONald Reagan, President of the USA, am CROSS” Probably the only gem in today’s awful set of clues
17 MONTAIGNE *(MEANING TO) Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 – 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism.
18 MITRE Ins of R (rook) in MITE (sounds like MIGHT, power) pointed headdress, cleft crosswise on top and with two ribbons hanging from the back, worn by archbishops and bishops, and by some abbots in the Western Church; What a terrible clue!
19 EARTHLING Ins of L (first letter of Look) in EARTHING (reducing electrical shocking risks)
22 OBEYS Ins of BEY (governor) in OS (outsize)
24 SUBSOIL SUBS (boats) OIL (fuel)
25 ANEROID *(DONE AIR)
26 TENSE TEN’S (a column of numbers) E (last letter of ninE)
27 THE WARDEN T (time) HEW (cut) ARDEN (forest) The Warden is the first novel in Anthony Trollope’s series known as the “Chronicles of Barsetshire”, published in 1855
1 INCUS Ins of C (first letter of court) in IN US (across the pond)
*(ART LINUs APpeared) don’t quite like this clue at all. How did the crossword editor pass this? Thanks to ulaca *(art) + Linus PAULINg, a scientist
3 ANASTASIA A horrible part of the world is A NASTY ASIA minus Y (year)
4 SHRINKING VIOLET *(IN SILK OVERNIGHT) a shy hesitant person
5 TURN IN ONE’S GRAVE cd
6 GET UP dd get up to rise, esp from bed; to ascend; to arrange, dress, prepare (oneself); to learn up for an occasion; to commit to memory.
7 ACORN Ins of COR (interjection like MY) in AN (indefinite article)
8 POSTHASTE POST (job) + ins of S (son) in HATE (strong feeling)
13 MUMMERSET Cha of MUMMER (an actor in a folk play) SET (where he’s filming) for an imitation West Country accent used by actors.
15 COMMON ERA COMMONER (no peer) A (ace)
16 ON THE ROAD *(DO ANOTHER)
20 ROBIN ROBING (dressing) minus G
21 HOOKE Ins of OK (fine) in HOE (weed or gardening task)
23 SUDAN Ins of DA (District Attorney or lawyer) in the paper with the Page Three girls
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram