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  1. Spoiler alert – all wordplays detailed below:

    ACROSS:
    1A – “Teen spots” gives a 4 letter word with first letter moved to second (“head lagging”). Defn = “to effect corporal punishment”.
    3A – “Rare” gives a 8 letter word for letters 1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10. “clothing” = positioner / container. “company” gives 2 letter abbreviation for letters 4,5. Defn = “of 26-across”.
    10A – “Reviewed” = reverse indicator. “NAB” gives a 4 letter word for letters 7,6,5,1. “accepting” = positioner / container. “one” gives letter 2. “medium” gives letters 3,4. Defn = “European?”.
    11A – Defn = “Animal House”. “House” = hidden indicator. Fodder = “star on gameshows?”. (Note: “House” doing double duty).
    OR
    11A – Defn = “Animal House”. “..shows?” = hidden indicator. Fodder = “star on game..”.
    12A – Defn = “down in the mouth”. “[edit]” = anagrind. Fodder = “A tan color”.
    13A – “At heart, people” gives letters 1,2. “cheer” gives letters 3,4,5. Defn = “old telly host.”
    14A – Defn = “Morning”. “song” gives a 6 letter word, with 4th letter removed (“thrush finally migrated”) for letters 1,2,3,4,5. “east” gives letter 6. “border” gives 3 letter word for letters 7,8,12. “crossing” = positioner / container. “pass” gives a 3 letter word for letters 9,10,11.
    18A – Defn = “Usual”. “place for sisters” gives a 7 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. “one” gives letters 8. “arranged” = anagrind. Fodders = “loan” for letters 9,10,11,12.
    21A – “totally retro” = reverse indicator. “cool” gives a 3 letter word for letters 4,3,2. “defends” = positioner / container. “America” gives 2 letters for letters 1,5. Defn = “mess”.
    22A – Defn = “Meat”. “Drink” gives a 3 letter word for letters 1,2,3. “Summit” gives a 4 letter word for letters 4,7,8,9. “consuming” = positioner / container. “salt” with middle 2 letters removed (“suffering heart collapse”) gives letters 5,6.
    24A – ”Dear” gives a 3 letter abbreviation for letters 1,2,3. “little crown” gives a 5 letter word with first letter removed (“defaced”). Defn = “in the Solomons”.
    25A – “One” gives letter 5. “lining” = positioner / container. “pasta” gives a 4 letter word for letters 3,4,6,7. “with ends of Cornish” gives 2 letters for letters 1,2. Defn = “sausage.
    26A – Defn = “Whizkid”. “woollen top” gives letter 1. “less than” gives 5 letter word for letters 2,3,4,5,6. “warm” gives a 4 letter word for letters 7,8,9,10.
    27A – Defn = “Blast”. “cycle” = reverse indictor. “slow” gives 5 letter word with last letter removed (“fairly”) for letters 4,3,2,1.

    DOWN:
    1D – Defn = “Vegetable”. “Cereal” loses last 4 letters (“Dripping, PhysiCAL”) for letters 1,2. “Fudge” = anagrind. Fodder = “Éclair” for letters 3,4,5,6,7,8.
    2D – “distortion” = anagrind. Fodder = “Wrote” for letters 2,3,4,5,6. “into” = positioner / container. “ultimate” gives letters 1,7,8. Defn = “bottom line figure”.
    4D – Double defn. Defn 1 “Quickie’s routine”. Defn 2 = “squabble”.
    5D – Defn = “Growing essential”. “County” with middle 2 letters removed (“hub, avoided”) gives letters 1,2,3,4. “being deceived” gives 2 words (3,2) for letters 5,6,7,8,9.
    6D – Defn = “Discharge”. “Discharge” gives 4 letter word for letters 4,5,6,7. “integral to” = positioner / container . “transport” gives 3 letter word for letters 1,2,3. “goal?!” gives 7 letter word for letters 8,9,10,11,12,13,14. (Note: “Discharge” doing double duty – in this case an &lit).
    7D – Defn = “Difficult”. “bend” gives a 6 letter word with 1st letter removed (“executed”) for letters 1,2,3,4,5. “by” = positioner. “Yankee” gives letter 6.
    8D – Defn = “Wrap up”. “pardon” gives a slang 5 letter word for letters 2,3,4,5,6. “after” = positioner. “strike” gives letter 1.
    9D – Defn = “Mix up”. “dance” gives a 5 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4,5. “distributed” = anagrind. Fodder = “album to be” for letters 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14.
    15D – Defn = “Murray’s side”. “turned … with” = anagrind. Fodder = “braver … kin?” for letters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.
    16D – Defn = “Minor”. “sort of decorating” gives an 8 letter word with 3rd letter swapped (“female to cover tabletop”) gives letters 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
    17D – Defn = “Faint”. “ray, possibly” gives 5 letter word for letters 1,2,3,4,5. “extinguished” gives a 3 letter word for 6,7,8.
    19D – Defn = “Dodge”. “key” gives 3 letter abbreviation for letters 1,2,3. “cut” gives a 3 letter word for letters 4,5,6.
    20D – Defn = “Wine agent”. “function” gives a 3 letter abbreviation for letters 1,2,3. “Square” gives a 4 letter word with last letter removed (“no closer”) for letters 4,5,6.
    23D – Defn = “White”. “magenta tips” gives letters 1,2. “on” = positioner. “fleece” gives a 3 letter word for letters 3,4,5.

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