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Crossword 1142 answers and explanations

ACROSS    
5 WORST-CASE Corset was tailored for the least favourable circumstances (5-4) 
Anagram of CORSET WAS
8 IN-LAW Home rule for your husband's mother perhaps (2-3) 
Home = IN, rule = LAW
10 APPAREL The French knock father back into wardrobe (7) 
Reversal: The French = LE, knock = RAP, father = PA
11 BLUE-SKY Be sulky perhaps, doing the kind of research that has no immediate value (4-3) 
Anagram of BE SULKY
12 GUNPOWDER Grow up, end producing stuff that goes bang (9) 
Anagram of GROW UP END
13 DREAD Andrea doubts she shows trepidation (5) 
Hidden word
14 EARPLUG US Marshal at OK gunfight has to carry on making a deafening device (7) 
US Marshal at OK gunfight = EARP, carry = LUG
17 SPONSOR Provide support for bent spoons, Geller's last (7) 
Anagram of SPOONS + Geller's last = R
20 COPRA Palm product company spin: article follows (5) 
company = CO, spin = PR, article = A
22 LAND AGENT What the lonely lady might hope to do with a real estate salesman (4,5) 
Double definition
25 ROSSINI A composer amongst those you come across in Italy (7) 
Hidden word
26 NAIROBI Robin is upset about first class capital (7) 
Anagram of ROBIN including AI ("first class")
27 EVENS The odds here are, on the contrary, 50-50 (5) 
Cryptic definition
28 GEARSTICK Lever makes cogwheels go like clockwork (9) 
cogwheels = GEARS, go like clockwork = TICK
                                 
DOWN    
1 DROP IN Call by racket to grab most of hawser (4,2) 
racket = DIN, grab = containment indicator, most of hawser = ROP
2 BALLAD Song for a sporting equipment commercial? (6) 
sporting equipment = BALL, commercial = AD
3 LIQUID The kind of assets you could readily sell for £51 (6) 
51 = LI, pounds ("£") = QUID
4 SWAYED Won over by the sound of velvety leather (6) 
Homophone for SUEDE
5 WRANGLE Dispute bearing on right to fish (7) 
bearing = W (compass bearing), right = R, fish (verb) = ANGLE
6 TURMOIL Work hard to stomach rum cocktail, result: upheaval (7) 
Work hard = TOIL, stomach = container indicator + anagram of RUM
7 EMBARKS Sets out to put me up on warnings from boxer (7) 
me up = EM, warnings from boxer = BARKS
9 LESSENS Diminishes with things learnt by ear (7) 
things learnt = LESSONS, by ear = homophone indicator
15 RIPOSTE I quietly enter rebuilt store to get a retort (7) 
I quietly = IP inside anagram of STORE
16 GOLFING Ogling rudely, grabbing female, playing around I hear (7) 
Anagram of OGLING containing female = F, "playing a round"
18 OVARIES Love changes sex glands (7) 
Love = O, becomes different = VARIES
19 RETHINK Have second thoughts about lean, keen beginner (7) 
about = RE, lean = THIN, keen beginner = K
20 CORNET Concerto beginning with unusual tenor horn (6) 
Concerto beginning = C + anagram of TENOR
21 AMIDST Admits being wrong in the middle of … (6) 
Anagram of ADMITS
23 NON-FAT … fan being upset inside, not when skimmed (3-3) 
Anagram of FAN inside NOT
24 EROTIC Sexy nun leaves centurion befuddled (6) 
Anagram of CENTURION minus letters in NUN