I particularly enjoyed the parliamentarians at 2dn and 4ac contributing to the crossword community, but I think my favourite clue was the gentle humour of 21ac.
Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, then wordplay. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets]. The blog is in Times New Roman font, as part of a gentle campaign to urge the club site to use a font in which it is easier to tell one’s stem from one’s stern.
1 House that has one turn and look inside (5)
IGLOO – I (one), LO ‘inside’ GO.
4 An MP in court. Delicious prospect? (9)
CAMEMBERT – A MEMBER (Honourable, ideally, although some might argue), inside CT.
9 Declines to drink with converts (9)
DOWNTURNS – DOWN with TURNS. The definition is a noun, not a verb.
10 More than half of Liverpudlians becoming addicts? (5)
USERS – more than half of [sco]USERS. Some local UK knowledge needed here.
11 Coppers in particularly nice bit of tree (7,6)
SPECIAL BRANCH – the primary definition (accompanied by a second, whimsical definition) is a particular subgroup of the police, and I wondered briefly whether the clue should indicate that. In the end I think it’s OK without.
14 Look hungrily around for roll (4)
REEL – Turn LEER ‘around’.
15 Refraining from bunking off, saving money (10)
ABSTINENCE – TIN in ABSENCE.
18 Transported herd: all ten let loose (10)
ENTHRALLED – (HERD ALL TEN*), ‘let loose’.
19 Old painter retreats, shunning society (4)
AGED – DEGA[s], ‘retreating’. An elegant clue.
21 Trouble spending a penny? (13)
INCONVENIENCE – in Britain, you do or did “spend a penny” to go IN a CONVENIENCE. This clue had me on totally the wrong track.
24 Colonel born with foot impediment (5)
BLIMP – B (born), LIMP. Collins says Colonel Blimp was a cartoon character created by David Low (1891-1963).
25 Constant reorganisation of English lessons creates oppressive quality (9)
CLOSENESS – C is the constant, then (E LESSONS*) ‘reorganised’.
27 Stars puff on spliff around Her Majesty? There’ll be a complaint! (9)
SUNSTROKE – SUNS, then TOKE around R (Regina).
28 Feeble name for whiskey on the rocks? (5)
NEEDY – WEEDY is feeble. Change W for whiskey to N for name.
1 Dirt nieces dished up, being tactless (10)
INDISCREET – ‘dish up’ (DIRT NIECES*).
2 Quiet “parliamentarian”, fifty, making way to top (3)
LOW – according to the traditional collective noun, a group of OWLs is a parliament. Move L (fifty) up to the top.
3 Get the better of idiot from Open University? (6)
OUTWIT – O (open), U (university), TWIT.
4 Instructions for washing farm machinery in field caught being lifted (4,5)
CARE LABEL – BALER (farm machinery), in LEA (field), then C (caught), all ‘lifted’. I didn’t know this term for the tags you see on everything, but it’s in the dictionary.
5 Swami’s erudition inspiring this curmudgeon (5)
MISER – hidden answer (‘inspired’).
6 The orator’s time for grief (8)
MOURNING – sounds like MORNING, indicated by ‘orator ‘.
7 Jumbo brought down by this? (8,3)
ELEPHANT GUN - I’m not sure this definition should be called cryptic. Have I missed something?
8 Drunkard turning on husband? Rubbish! (4)
TOSH – SOT ‘turning’, then H (husband).
12 Nice article about expert on Enlightenment? (11)
ELECTRICIAN – (NICE ARTICLE*) ‘about’. Lovely definition!!
13 Provokes Sally occasionally for no reason (10)
NEEDLESSLY – NEEDLE, then the odd letters of S-a-L-l-Y.
16 Doctor to free her thus (9)
THEREFORE – (TO FREE HER*), ‘doctored’.
17 The drugs that make you mad? (8)
CRACKPOT – CRACK, POT.
20 Woman announcing she’s not straight? (6)
EILEEN – sounds like ‘I lean’.
22 Auditors guzzling half of chef’s exotic grub (5)
NACHO – the N.A.O. (National Audit Office), ‘guzzling’ CH[ef].
23 In the same place lives a creature with long legs (4)
IBIS – IB (ibidem), IS (lives). I was distracted by knowing that ‘ib.’ could also be abbreviated ‘ibid.’!
26 Examine pupil’s accommodation (3)
EYE – another double definition.