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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Mind Games -

across 1 Male teach­ers are ahead, say, pro­vid­ing spice (6) 5 One doesn’t stop exam suc­cess, hes­i­ta­tion aside (6-2) 9 Very large col­lege, vari­able in its ed­u­ca­tion at first (4-4) 10 Ini­tially too puny to be like coun­try gen­try (6) 11 Sound chap at edge of rev­o­lu­tion­ary cir­cle? (6) 12 Player who may be em­ployed on a slid­ing scale (8) 14 Close song out, when mu­sic starts to die (3,4,5) 17 Derelict area half dark, but with fresh air, none­the­less (8,4) 20 Na­tional scan­dal ul­ti­mately Ne­wham’s un­do­ing (8) 22 Paid noth­ing to feed pris­oner’s best friend? (6) 23 Town crier’s dou­ble, one help­ing to de­liver changes? (6) 25 Lo­cal serv­ing beer no one in­side re­jected (8) 26 Urges fel­low Lib­er­als to see China (8) 27 Ar­gu­ment dur­ing In­dian lunch (6) down 2 Ex­tremely strange in­side an op­er­at­ing sys­tem, and not just for men (6) 3 Cut­ting miles, per­haps, dance round city com­plex (11) 4 First to use old coin made of gold and iron? (7,3) 5 Ver­bally sub­jected to co­er­cion over north­ern city (7) 6 Pre­scribed books used up for scrap (3-2) 7 Cen­tre of storm? Yes, it sounds like it (3) 8 Worth­less horse I caught be­gin­ning to eat chaff (8) 13 Of­fer­ing pro­tec­tion from mis­sile – like a shot! (11) 15 Draw at­ten­tion to il­le­gal drug in flimsy con­tainer (9) 16 Com­pre­hen­sive school’s head show­ing signs of dis­tress (8) 18 Shoot a num­ber of rooks ini­tially, wear­ing turned-up hat (7) 19 African very maligned? Not half (6) 21 Com­bine to throw gang leader in lake (5) 24 It may be nat­u­ral to chew the fat (3)

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