1 BOTTOM – triple definitions: Weaver (character in Shakespeare’s MND), backside, foot (the lowest point)
5 DOG STAR – Also known as Sirius (which I first came across in Pope’s Rape of the Lock) is the heavenly body, I think. The Lassie part of the clue, I don’t understand.
9 TOTEM – TOTE (carry), M (maiden)
10, 11 HANDLEBAR MOUSTACHE – cryptic definition
12 EMAIL – rev. of Liam (Irishman), E (last in office)
13 PARTNERSHIP – anag. of PRINT PHRASE
15 DEVIL’S BONES – The latter half of this clue I solved just moments before posting this. Dice are made of bones; Devil’s bones because gambling leads to ruin.
20 AWARD – A (a), WARD (rev. of draw)
22 23 CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST – IT (it) in anag. of CAIRNS IN STITCHES
24 ALIEN – AN (article) going round LIE ( made-up story)
24 NEST-EGG – anag. of SENT, E.G. (say), G (grand)
26 ALECTO – ALEC (boy), TO(-y) (incomplete toy). Alecto is one of the Furies in Greek mythology.
2 OUTJUMPED – OUT (elsewhere), JUMPED (ran)
3 TEMPT PROVIDENCE – TEMPT (draw) PROVIDENCE (US state capital) :: ‘risk failure’ is the def :: Here, as in 8dn, we take B and add it to A to get AB.
4 MOHICAN – anag. of MACHO IN ( ‘comic’ is the anag. signal)
5 DANSEUR – anag. of US André
6 GOLDEN HANDSHAKE – GOLDEN (successful, prosperous as in the “Golden Age of the Guptas”)), HAND (worker), SHAKE (upset)
7 TIBIA – TIB I [rev. of I BIT (chewed up)], A (a)
8 RARELY – R (resistance), A (a), RELY (bank)
9 TOME – to me (how I may want it dedicated)
14 PESSIMIST – anag. of WORST TIP
16 LACKING – deleting S from SLACKING (skiving, evading duty or work) – the def. for word req’d is ‘missing’ – The deletion fodder occurred to me only now after I had given the crossword a rest.
17 BIRETTA – B (black), anag. of ATTIRE (’ghoulish’ is the anag. signal)
18 PARSON – P(page), ARSON (crime)
19 ANON – (-c)ANON – deleting C(cold) from CANON (clergyman)
21 AMISS – A (a), MISS (young woman)