THE CRYPTIC:

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ACROSS

1. Fire the clergy – sin­ners will have to wear it! (9)

6. Small fas­tener, prover­bially slow (5)

9. Au­then­tic male re­quired for the king­dom (5)

10. Drug tough bird – a hasty and shoddy script (9)

11. Grotesque girth and bow legs needed for Johns’s hero! (12) 13. Wa­gers about Aus­tralia – and be­comes a win­ner! (5)

14. Old ve­hi­cles raced wildly on­board Amer­i­can ves­sel (4,4) 17. Team demon­stra­tion is a fair­ground at­trac­tion (8)

19. Cold, im­po­lite, un­re­fined (5) 23. Jan­uary 26 in In­dia, July 4 in

Amer­ica – what a day! (12)

25. Pris­oner tried, but fought back

(9)

26. Bloke with new witches (5)

27. Trans­mits aim on board (5) 28. Ur­gent warn­ings as un­re­li­able

el­der rats (3,6)

DOWN

1. Top lawyer to taunt English writer (6)

2. Send for half-time (6,4) 3. Ar­rived with a prophet at Arthur’s place (7)

4. Work, sit, re­sist (6)

5. Stolen res­i­dence used for or­chids (8)

6. No­ticed piebald? (7) 7. Com­pe­tent re­port of first vic­tim (4)

8. S, they say, pro­vides gen­eros­ity (8)

12. Girl with balls – but no scor­ing! (6,4)

15. Ger­man city churches – vi­tal in­gre­di­ents! (8) 16. Mid-Eu­ro­pean’s pitch for Po­laris (4,4)

18. Stars, aliens – night falls! (7) 20. Rev­o­lu­tion­ary in­volved in

roots (7)

21. Guide jour­nal­ist to out­moded

petrol (6)

22. Hu­mans in wild binges (6)

24. Ar­ti­cle run­ning soon (4)

So­lu­tion next week

MUNGO MacCAL­LUM is the au­thor of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’sPrime Min­is­ters.

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