It took me about 25 minutes, with some visits to Wiki afterwards to become better informed.
I'm hanging out in a pleasant little hut in the Costa Blanca for a few weeks to escape the worst of Winter, so am relying on Senor Vodafone for my 'print, solve and blog' duties; hopefully it will see me through.
Comments on others' blogs may be less frequent - no bad thing, some might say.
|1||BARBET - BAR for pub, BET for lay; D one of three families of squat parrot-like birds - Asian, African or American, take your pick.|
|5||FLATFISH - FLASH for sparkle, insert (FIT)*; D swimmer.|
|9||DEFORMED - Insert FORM (type) into DEED (act); D crooked.|
|10||TYRANT - TYR was an Old Norse God of the fierce warrior variety, ANT = worker; D big bully. TYR is consequently the name of a large American sportswear brand, but not as large as NIKE, the Greek goddess of Victory.|
|11||LILIES - I, L, inside LIES = lounges; D plants.|
|12||BONDMAID - D female slave, reference to the many lady friends of Mr James Bond; have an extra coffee if you can name more than ten (screen name and actress name). (If the Nespresso machine is now buzzing, you're as sad as I am).|
|14||GRACE DARLING - GRACE = kindness, DARLING = lovable person; D rescuer. I used up a euro or two of Senor V's megabytes reading about the heroic work of Ms Darling and her Dad, up Northumberland way in 1838; serious bravery.|
|17||LUNAR ECLIPSE - Anagram time; my FOI: (PECULIAR LENS)*; D astronomical phenomenon.|
|20||SEALSKIN - SEALS could be wax, KIN = KIN(D), sort mostly, ; D warm coat.|
|22||LASHED - Insert SHE into LAD; D beaten.|
|23||BALLAD - BALL = dance, A, D = small daughter; D song.|
|25||A BIENTOT - (NOTE A BIT)*, anagrind 'botched'; D Parisian's parting message, see you soon (maybe).|
|26||BEEBREAD - AUNTIE = the BBC, otherwise known as the BEEB; READ(Y) = prepared, endless (thanks deezzaa); D food for insects, the stuff bees make from pollen and store in their hives.
I wondered why or how the 'Auntie' name arose; even the Grauniad doesn't seem too sure;
|27||GREATS - GR(eek) EATS = food; D course. I watched most of the episodes of Celebrity University Challenge over Christmas, even though the celebs were mostly obscure authors and journos; There was one pompous chap who had read GREATS and insisted in telling us all, each time he was introduced, what exactly Greats was. I hope he reads TFTT.|
|2||AMELIA - A, ELI (priest) inside MA. I can't find a genus of plants so called, but there is a well know rose variety of this name so I guess that's our bloomer. Or possibly an American lady called Amelia Bloomer, of whom I had never heard, see first comments. I take pride in knowing zilch about American Feminists, and this one looks more formidable than most.|
|3||BOOKING HALL - Spooner would have said hooking ball = dispatching delivery; D station area.|
|4||TIMESHARE - TIMES = by (I was on to this like a flash because I had to be reminded of it in last week's effort); HARE = fast mover; D holiday arrangement.|
|5||FADABLE - FABLE = tale, insert AD = our time, D that could die out. Not an everyday word, but seems credible.|
|6||ACTIN - Even if you had no biochemical expertise you might guess this; it's one of two proteins that make your muscles work. ACTIN' = DOIN' somethin'.|
|7||FIR - FIRM would be not easily moved; get rid of the M (root); D tree.|
|8||SENTIENT - SENT = conveyed, IE = that is, N(O)T = not lacking heart; D feeling.|
|13||MALFEASANCE - (ALAS MEN FACE)*, D illegal act.|
|15||APPALLING - A, P (quiet) PAL (friend) LING (heather); D awful.|
|16||TUTELAGE - TU = Union, TEE = support on (golf) course, insert LAG = delay; D training.|
|18||LANYARD - LAND = put down, insert RAY reversed; D rope.|
|19||DEVOUT - DEV(ILS) = people who are wicked, half; OUT = exposed; D religious.|
|21||KEDGE - K = sank finally, EDGE = something sharp? D anchor.|
|24||LOB - A lob is a ball hit upwards; GLOBE has LOB in the middle, as Gandolf34 points out.|