Posted by Gaufrid on March 25th, 2013
The scheduled blogger appears to have been unable to post today so here is a parsing of the clues. I cannot comment on the puzzle as I didn’t solve it but merely analysed the clues and published solution.
If anything needs further explanation please say.
7 No beer left? That’s the limit! (6,3)
BITTER END – cryptic def. & def.
8 A huge development in the city (5)
HAGUE – anagram (development) of A HUGE
9 Worn at funerals and clubs, for example (5,4)
BLACK SUIT – double def.
10 Southern stretch of water to satisfy one’s desire (5)
SLAKE – S (southern) LAKE (stretch of water)
12 Solicitor to go to work — or decide not to? (3,3)
OPT OUT – OP (work) TOUT (solicitor)
13 A gin before opening may let an actor down (8)
TRAPDOOR – TRAP (gin) DOOR (opening)
14 It may be charged or one may be charged with it (7)
BATTERY – double def.
17 Trust company wrongly fined (7)
CONFIDE – CO (company) anagram (wrongly) of FINED
20 Look at coin with lens (8)
EYEPIECE – EYE (look at) PIECE (coin)
22 Get the game moving and thrash (4,2)
BEAT UP – double def.
24 Skirt hem raised above the knee (5)
THIGH – [skir]T HIGH (raised)
25 Reckless person’s crazy road speed (9)
DESPERADO – anagram (crazy) of ROAD SPEED
26 Caught fish — put right in this (5)
CREEL – R (right) in C (caught) EEL (fish) &lit
27 Agreeing to study issue with worker (9)
CONSONANT – CON (study) SON (issue) ANT (worker)
1 Tablet providing uplift and stimulus (6)
FILLIP – PILL (tablet) IF (providing) reversed (uplift)
2 Continue to be stubborn, so cane produced? (5,3)
STICK OUT – def. & cryptic def.
3 Good health shown by professional model (6)
PROSIT – PRO (professional) SIT (model)
4 Concern of an eleven yet to be organised (7)
ANXIETY – AN XI (eleven) anagram (to be organised) of YET
5 Annoyed about article, became abusive (6)
RAILED – RILED (annoyed) around A (article)
6 Poor diet on Asian vessel? (4,4)
JUNK FOOD – cryptic def.
11 A light headband (4)
HALO – cryptic def.
15 New Year, when there’s a situation of uncertainty (8)
ANYWHERE – anagram (new) of YEAR WHEN
16 Rush animal from below (4)
REED – DEER (animal) reversed (from below)
18 Below standard tirade is outrageous (8)
FLAGRANT – FLAG (standard) RANT (tirade)
19 Elaborate blossom (7)
DEVELOP – double def.
21 Girl on cricket side is not a true member (3,3)
PEG LEG – PEG (girl) LEG (cricket side)
22 Circumvent with the aid of permit (6)
BYPASS – BY (with the aid of) PASS (permit)
23 Ruined but not executed (6)
UNDONE – double def.