28 across: Increase tenfold the gist of legal restriction (5)
This is super nasty but brilliant, and a thank you to AL once more for deciphering the clue. And it goes: legal = licit, gist of legal = c, increase tenfold the gist of legal = limit (10 x 100 (c) = 1000 (m)) = restriction.
17 across: Nerd censored shot (6, 3)
Quality: nerd = square and censored = cut so that nerd censored = square cut = shot.
13 down: Weighlifter fights pirate? (4, 7)
Very nice: weightlifter = jack and fights = spar + row so that weightlifter fights = jack sparrow = pirate.
23 down: Pontoon, perhaps, reaches sailor on Persian Gulf (5)
Awesome clue, whose explanation I must thank JD for, and it’s even got a q in it that is used in a cross clue. Pontoon, perhaps = qa (pontoon is a variation of blackjack or 21, and a queen and ace (qa) give pontoon, blackjack or 21) and sailor = tar, which gives pontoon, perhaps, reaches sailor = qatar = on Persian Gulf.
16 down: Expedient milk drink peeved Spooner (9)
Are Spooner clues a DA original? Do they exist anywhere else? Anyway, I love them, and I loved this one: milk drink = shake and peeved = miffed so that milk drink peeved Spooner = makeshift = expedient.
14 down: Guards causing endless ruckus about … revolt (10)
Hat-tip to Michael Fuller for the explanation of this cute clue: causing endless = causin and … = dots so that causing endless ruckus about … revolt = custodians = guards.
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Spoonerisms appear in Brit and US cryptics too, though usually with a less blunt indicator than simply “Spooner”. (Maybe “Spooner” = spoonerism in Aus? – it doesn’t in the UK). Times example:
Burden makes one carry on grumbling, says Spooner (9)