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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Mind Games -

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1 Di­rect call from East about politico has ended too soon (8) 9 Per­haps turns in re­port that ve­rac­ity’s on the in­crease? (4,4) 10 Con­spir­acy that is in­wardly turn­ing nasty, in­def­i­nite num­ber killed (8) 11 Fit half of people into sub­stan­dard area first (8) 12 Tail­less bird in hot spring un­able to get out (10) 14 1000 join­ing women’s group, one re­sult of on­line co-oper­a­tion (4) 15 Maiden horse fails to start, get­ting mixed up (7) 17 Roy­al­ist see­ing off grand re­la­tion (7) 21 Cut force at work here? (4) 22 Drained, Henry slow get­ting back into ac­tion (10) 23 Type of rac­ing stand put back af­ter cost tum­bled (5,3) 25 Man’s one kid gives noth­ing away af­ter test (3,5) 26 Timid son re­treat­ing from front in pic­nic (8) 27 Drama seen to erupt af­ter part­ners’ folly (8)

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2 Mam­mal, large one that’s al­most gone crazy in­side –... (8)

3 ...tor­mented beast’s sped out­side (8)

4 Old cloth­ing Pa­cific na­tion has no name for (4)

5 Hu­morist overwhelmed by tro­phy is to be­come brighter

(5,2) 6 Dis­tance run­ners need to get it back be­fore turn (6,4) 7 Only one mo­tor­way, so go­ing north’s a mis­take (8) 8 Hand­some youth’s head­ing off an­noyed, and I’m dev­as­tated (8) 13 Can­ti­cle monk’s mis­laid in East­ern United States (10) 15 Brother’s caught af­ter mass tak­ing wine (8) 16 Game over be­tween league’s top two (8) 18 Two stones, New­ton ad­mit­ted, re­main mo­tion­less (8) 19 Ac­com­mo­da­tion from land­lords artists ini­tially pre­ferred to house? (8) 20 Un­ortho­dox south­ern univer­sity’s re­jected con­tract (7) 24 Cat­tle run­ning round by base of statue (4)

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