Posted by Eileen on February 9th, 2011
A fairly typical Gordius, I think, comprising mostly anagrams, simple charades and/or insertions and double definitions, with several niggles, as usual for me with this setter.
7 DOG-COLLAR: DOG [reversal of GOD + anagram of LOCAL R[ector]: a rector would wear a dog-collar – but round his neck.
8 SAVOY: cryptic definition – reference to Savoy cabbage
9 JUSTINIAN: JUST IN [‘newly arrived’] + IAN [the very hackneyed crossword ‘Scot’, who should surely be laid to rest with Princess Di. In any case, as I remarked recently, most Scots of that name that I know spell it ‘Iain’ – and I know a number of English Ians! Justinian was Roman emperor at Constantinople AD 527-65, best known for his reorganisation of Roman law
!0 BASIC: BA [degree] + SIC [so]
12 STERNE: anagram of ENTERS: Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) novelist, best known for ‘Tristram Shandy’.
13 PHARISEE: anagram of HARPIES + E [point]: the construction here seems wrong: to me: the ‘from’ in the clue suggests subtracting, not adding, an E [or N, S or W]. Edit: I see it now, thanks to Martin H, comment 1
14 GAZELLE: ELL [an old measurement of 45 inches – ‘short of four feet’] inside GAZE [look]: I am not a fan of ‘out’ to mean ‘outside’.
17 MAHATMA: HAT [headgear] in MAMA [mother]
20 ESTRANGE: anagram of GENTS ARE
22 ORPHAN: ORPH [homophone of ‘Orff’] + AN: Carl Orff 1895-1982] German composer best known for ‘Carmina Burana, particularly this song. I take issue with the definition here: an orphan does not lack ancestry.
24 SNIPE: double definition
25 ERUDITION: RU [Rugby Union, sport] in EDITION [form of publication]
26 PHONE: P[ublic] H[ouse] [local] + ONE
27 MEGASTORE: anagram of GASOMETER
1 LOCUST: LOCUS [place] + T[ime]
2 SCOT-FREE: anagram of COST + R [ight] in FEE [price]
3 PLUNGE: LUNG [breathing apparatus] in P[hysical] E[xercise] [exercise!]
4 CATALPA: CAT [pet] + anagram of PAL + A: a new tree for me
5 SALAMI: anagram of MALAIS[e]
6 COLISEUM: anagram of MUSIC LEO
11 CANA: this ‘famous wedding location’ is the scene of Jesus’ first miracle – changing water into wine – but the only way the clue works is via the familiar tin = can and adding A, which doesn’t really work for me.
15 ABSINTHE: anagram of THIN BASE
16 LANE: double definition: l’âne is French for ‘the donkey’, which may well be a step too far in using French words in English crosswords.
18 APPETITE: A + P[soft] + PETITE [little]
19 LEARNED: LEAR [Edward, writer of nonsense verse] + NED [abbreviation of his first name]: ‘with erudition’ 
21 REPENT: double definition: I hadn’t met this second definition [‘growing along the ground, or just under the surface, and sending out roots at intervals’, SOED – maybe it’s familiar to gardeners] but I got there through knowing Latin ‘repo, repere’ – ‘to creep’.
22 ORDEAL: anagram of LOADER
23 ABOARD: A + BOARD