Posted by Eileen on September 3rd, 2009
Nothing too taxing or controversial here, I think, but the usual good value from Orlando, with some clever surfaces and a few smiles along the way.
1 ITHACA: C[irca] [about] in TABITHA minus ‘tab’ [bill] [Edit: [tab] ITHA CA [about] – thanks, Gaufrid]: one of the Ionian Islands, legendary home of Odysseus
4 IDEALIST: anagram of SAILED in IT
9 SURELY: reverse of US + RELY [bank]
10 IMPRISON: IMP [little devil] + reversal of NO SIR [polite denial]
11 STOCKING FILLER: cryptic definition – pin = leg!
13 SHOPLIFTER: anagram of SHELF TO RIP: &lit
16 OUCH: hidden in tOUCHiness
18 FLYING MARE: cryptic definition: I guessed this from the crossing letters and straightforward wordplay but couldn’t find it in either my  Collins or  Chambers. A quick resort to Google produced ‘a throw made in exhibition wrestling by seizing the opponent’s wrist, turning and throwing the opponent over one’s back’.
21 THE FOUR SEASONS: cryptic definition of Vivaldi’s ‘noted work’
23 TSARISTS: anagram of TASS STIR – another &lit
24 SORREL: triple definition
25 POSTCARD: POST [employment] + CARD [character]: a very easy charade
26 INTENT: IN TENT
1 INST: hidden in sirloIN STeaks
2 HORATIO: HO[use] + RATIO[n]
3 COLD CALL: COLD [uncaring] + C[oncern] + ALL – another easy charade
5 DEMAGNETISE: anagram of MEN GET IDEAS; I liked this one
6 ADROIT: R [last letter of ‘cobbler’] in ADO [trouble] + IT
7 INSULAR: INSUL[t] + A + R[ussian]
8 TONBRIDGE: T [middle letter of ‘captain’] + ON BRIDGE [his place]
12 INFILTRATOR: anagram of FLIT IN [anagram indicator ‘bats’ – lovely!] + RAT [friend of Badger in ‘The Wind in the Willows’] + OR: a great clue all round
13 SHORTSTOP: SHORTS TOP: yet another easy charade
15 EGGSPOON: EGG SPOON – and another!
17 COEVALS: CO[mpany] + reversal of SLAVE [drudge]
19 AINTREE: AINT [isn’t] + reversal of ‘e’er’ [always]
20 ZODIAC: I wasted a minute or two here trying to find a reversal of a word meaning signs but, of course, ‘up’ here means ‘in the heavens’
22 PLOT: L[eft] in POT [dope] [Edit: this does work -just! – but the answer is CLOT [thanks, Shirley and Andrew]