1 An order to arrest labourers at the beginning of strike? That’s stupid (6) OB(TU,S)E – c/c
2 A bit of kink shows up after much of pole dance (5) POL K A, – rev/charade
3 Calms down group as left back gets two points (7) SET .TL< E S – charade with rev
4 Quit as from a dead ball situation he let two shockingly (5,2,3,5) THROW IN THE TOWEL – didn’t work it out fully
5 An ideal street commando is one who is unknown (7,8) – PERFECT ST RANGER – charade The def might give just stranger; should the word totally have been added?
6 They bring up weighty matters (7) LIFTERS – CD
7 Model hugging a model to arouse (9) S(T)IMULATE – c/c
8 Fiery policeman, one far removed from the wicked ( – 7) IGNEOUS – haven’t worked out the wordplay – anyway I don’t think the def is correct or is it?
14 Change opinion regarding appearance (5,4) ABOUT-FACE – charade – should the enu be 5-4? – Can ‘about-face’ be used as a verb? One does an about-face. Can one about-face? I have to check.
16 A player reacts bitterly to sledging at first (7) ACTRES*,S – Could do without the initial indef art
18 Quiet! Take note, gangster is at junction. Move with care (7) S(TE,AL T)H – c/c – Good surface reading – in surface reading “move (with care)’ is a verb but it does a switcheroo as def for word req’d, for the sol STEALTH is a noun. Very carefully written clue.
20 Part of gun not allowed in counter strike (7) LOCK OUT – charade – ‘counter strike’ must be one word or hyphenated – not two words anyway
21 Parliamentarians’ head is hauled over the coals (6) (m)EMBERS – del – Good but I can’t make up my mind whether ‘hauled’ (without away) is good enough as del ind
24 In a dialog, imagination is turned on its head my friend (5) AMIGO – rev hidden – I won’t allow the sudden use of US spelling, though. All clues must use either UK or US spelling. There has to be a comma after ‘head’. Surface reading requires ‘my’ but it plays no role whatever in the def, in fact it’s misleading as the solver might look for a phrase such as ‘mon ami’. I don’t know the word for ‘my’ in Spanish!
Choice clues: 2, 7, 16