|1||SPIT-AND-SAWDUST - Anagram of PINT SAID then SAW (spotted) DUST (evidence of poor cleaning). This is a simple old-fashioned type of pub with sawdust on the floor.|
|9||SABREWING - SING (tweet) swallows A BREW (a drink). It's an American hummingbird apparently.|
|10||NIXIE - More Americana here with NIX (nothing) then I|rritate E xcept. It's a water sprite that has managed to elude me until today.
|11||ADULT - A DUL|l T
|12||TESSERACT - TEST (exam) contains CARES (worries) reversed. It's defined by Chambers as a cube within a cube. COED and Collins have never heard of it so I had difficulty verifying my answer once I had worked it out from wordplay.|
|13||NED KELLY - Anagram of L|ookeD KEENLY. The Australian outlaw.
|15||MISTED - To ted is to spread out grass for drying so MIS-TED is to do it wrongly.|
|17||BOVVER - | puB,OV(V)ER. This is a corruption of the word 'bother' - to make trouble - which in the 60s gave us 'bovver boys' and then 'bovver boots'.
|19||PRUNELLA - PRUNE (cut),L,L,A. I knew this as a plant but not as a fabric until this morning.|
|22||LIBERTINE - Anagram of REBEL IN IT.|
|23||SNAIL - | kisS,NAIL
|24||TWANG - GNAT (one biting) reversed encloses W|estern. It's a nasal way of speaking in certain accents and dialects.
|25||FLOOR SHOW - FLOORS (confounds), H (husband), OW (it's painful).|
|26||BOSTON TEA PARTY - Cryptic definition that took me for ever to see.|
|1||SUSTAINABILITY - Anagram of IS SUITABLY ANTI|
|2||Better leave one out…|
|3||…and another to make up for nothing in the Acrosses.|
|4||DAINTILY - DAILY (paper) encloses I, N|ew T estament (set of books).
|5||ARGOSY - A, ROSY encloses G|rand. It's a merchant ship or a fleet thereof.
|6||DANDELION - DAN (Judo expert), OILED (drunk) reversed, N|ew. Not the kind of wine that I would like to drink, thank you very much. It has reminded me of Reggie Perrin's son-in-law although he was capable of producing even worse concoctions.
|7||SEXTANT - S|ailor, EXTANT
|8||BELTED GALLOWAY - Anagram of GOT LABELLED then WAY. I wasted forever on this clue trying to include COW in the anagrist to make a journey.|
|14||EYEBRIGHT - It's a plant used to treat certain eye conditions. The reference in the clue is to the saying 'Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed' meaning alert and sprightly. According to Brewer's this dates from the 1940s as a stereotypical image of a squirrel and was popularised in a song of the same name from 1953 by Bob Merrill. I've never heard of it or him despite my interest in that sort of thing.|
|16||GRUESOME - Sounds like 'grew some'.|
|18||VIBRATO - VIO|lin (instrument in half) encloses BRAT (badly-behaved child).
|20||LEATHER - L|arge, ETHER (number) encloses A (article).
|21||TIFFIN - TIFF (row), IN (among). A light lunch from the days of the Raj to remind me again of the Noel Coward song referred to yesterday.|
|23||STRIP - ST (saint, so 'holy'), R|est I n P eace.