I needed some helpers to g-g-get the stuttering clue at 14dn. That in turn gave me enough helpers to finally smell the flowers in the Greek clue at 20ac. The definition at 8dn was a mystery! For all that, it was at the easy end for a Saturday. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle. How did you all get on?
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Definitions are underlined. (ABC)* means anagram of ABC. Italics mark anagram indicators in the clues, and ‘assembly instructions’ in the explanations.
|1||Attacks fail to stop cheats in football (4-5)|
|DIVE-BOMBS – BOMB=fail stops (goes inside) DIVES=cheats in football. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh2KLm4DpXE|
|6||Subject this person to anti-discriminatory checks (5)|
|TOPIC – TO + I=this person checks (goes inside) PC=anti-discriminatory (politically correct).|
|9||Road test gathering very little information (7)|
|ORBITAL – ORAL = test gathers BIT = very little information, in computer terms.
The Orbital Motorway around London is the sort of road intended.
Meanwhile, will we set a record for the number of ways a setter can say goes inside?
|10||English teacher’s back in a panic, providing cover for head (7)|
|EARFLAP – E=English + R=teacheR‘s back, goes inside A FLAP=panic.|
|11||Pressure noble to show some wisdom, proverbially (5)|
|PEARL – P=pressure + EARL=a noble.|
|12||Movement in Labour not quite anti capital (4,5)|
|ULAN BATOR – (LABOUR ANT)*. ANT=anti, minus its last letter (not quite anti). Capital of Mongolia.
|14||Current bridge player holding clubs and diamonds (3)|
|ICE – I=(electrical) current + E=bridge player (East). C=clubs goes inside.|
|15||Travellers — Wolves supporters, according to Spooner (11)|
|BACKPACKERS – PACK BACKERS, given the Spooner treatment.|
|17||Commits a sin breaking religious way of life (11)|
|MONASTICISM – (COMMITS A SIN)*|
|19||Outlaw cop brought back (3)|
|BAN – NAB=cop, brought back.|
|20||Home in Greek city has area for flowers (9)|
|DELPHINIA – IN=home goes inside DELPHI=Greek city + A=area.|
|22||The Sound of Music lacks a vigorous quality (5)|
|OOMPH – OOM-P(A)H.|
|24||Saunter around capital, flipping warm (7)|
|AMIABLE – AMBLE=saunter. A1=capital goes inside, after flipping.
|26||How to make garment smarter, worn by small person using rhetorical device (7)|
|IRONIST – IRON IT = make garment smarter. S = small goes inside.|
|27||For one year, parliament vacated in country (5)|
|EGYPT – E.G. = for one + Y=year + ParliamenT vacated.|
|28||Weed in extremely demure clothing along with hero (9)|
|DANDELION – AND=along with, goes inside DE = extremely DemureE + LION=hero.|
|1||Bad day to raise flag (5)|
|DROOP – POOR=bad + D=day, raised.|
|2||Shake and struggle, drinking unpleasant tot (7)|
|VIBRATE – BRAT=unpleasant tot goes inside VIE=struggle.|
|3||Stick with incredibly subtle means of campaigning (9)|
|BATTLEBUS – BAT=stick + (SUBTLE)*|
|4||Go wrong dropping ecstasy in e.g. stag party (11)|
|MALFUNCTION – MAL(e) FUNCTION, dropping E.|
|5||What’s up for that lady? (3)|
|SHE – EH‘S, up.|
|6||Personnel brought in to head for bobby’s beat (5)|
|THROB – HR=personnel, goes inside TO + B=B(obby).|
|7||Equipment for artist or female friend? (7)|
|PALETTE – she’s a PAL-ETTE, she is.|
|8||Bard’s trick, capturing a Trojan lover (9)|
|CAPARISON – A + PARIS=Trojan lover, goes inside CON=trick.
A bard could be an ornamental covering for a warhorse, AKA a caparison.
News to me, but I didn’t think there could be a poet named Caparison!
|13||What may help you get a job in industry (11)|
|APPLICATION – two definitions.|
|14||Having a direct effect, I negotiate stutteringly? (9)|
|IMMEDIATE – I M-MEDIATE(!)|
|16||Old PC getting senior rank (9)|
|COMMODORE – two definitions: a 1980s computer, and a naval rank.|
|18||Make invalid, treated in full, ultimately healthy (7)|
|NULLIFY – (IN FULL)* + (health)Y.|
|19||Issue for Roman during Disney film frames (7)|
|BAMBINI – IN=during goes inside BAMBI=Disney film. From modern Italian, not ancient Latin.|
|21||Horse, to some extent, is what rider may need (5)|
|HABIT – H=horse + A BIT=to some extent (as in, somewhat).|
|23||Discover 50 per cent reduction in high fashion (3,2)|
|HIT ON –HI(gh) 50% reduced + TON=fashion.|
|25||Something a gambler uses up for festival (3)|
|EID – DIE up. Singular of DICE, as you probably knew.|