20 down: Hurt, hearing rock in record (9)
Even with the answer in front of my face, I completely missed the anagram that was so cleverly hidden. Here, record = cd, hearing rock = hagrine (I spent a very long time misspelling geological objects) so that hearing rock in record = chagrined = hurt.
24 down: Merlot for George’s wife? (7)
Just clever: merlot = mild red = Mildred = George’s wife (from the TV series).
21 across: 8-down (great) limb rub?! (5, 4)
&lit clues are always a delight to see come off, and this most definitely does: great limb rub (anagram of great limb) = tiger balm = great limb rub.
26 across: Waves oscillate transformer (5, 4)
Another one of those surprisingly apt anagrams that DA manages to consistently come up with: waves oscillate = tesla coil = transformer.
7 down: Pointless beatnik dyed material (5)
Although clever, this clue is not Gold quality. But this crossword was the first I had done in a long time after my stay in Indonesia, so the reference to Indonesian clothes makes it noteworthy for me: pointless beatnik = beatnik – e – n = batik = dyed material.
11 across: Spooner’s wee a bed habit (7)
Spoonerisms are fantastic by definition, but this one includes a clever direct clue: Spooner’s wee = spoonerism + tiny = nightie = a bed habit.
17 across: Loaded article is sound (9)
A very-well-hidden anagram: loaded article is = anagram + article is = realistic = sound.
5 down: Hindu god changes a rock cleft (7)
Again, DA comes up with an inventive word play indicator. Here, we have changes a rock cleft = (changes a) anagram of + cleft = cganesha + c left = ganesha = Hindu god.