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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Mind Games -

across 1 Per­fect, fol­low­ing sys­tem of rules? Not so (8) 9 Open Univer­sity’s moved in new fe­male au­thor (8) 10 Acts poorly in mu­si­cal (4) 11 Play af­ter first eleven, near cen­tre of pitch (7,5) 13 He, I, and then you, we hear, oc­cu­py­ing lead­er­ship po­si­tion (6) 14 Plan show­ing con­stant lo­ca­tion for cross, per­haps (8) 15 Es­say about old play such as Elec­tra (7) 16 Great ac­tor one needed in more de­mand­ing mu­si­cal role (7) 20 In bridge, high card is ex­cel­lent (8) 22 Care­ful about credit for slo­gan, for ex­am­ple (3,3) 23 What ac­tor must know is hid­den by drama­tist’s ma­jor char­ac­ter flaw (12) 25 Writer of unin­spir­ing stuff that’s cut (4) 26 Learner re­stricted by un­fa­mil­iar choke or throt­tle (8) 27 Recital daugh­ter, up front, is anx­ious about (8) down 2 Note in novel a player found, such as 1984 (4,4) 3 Is view­ing art, orig­i­nally in this state (4,8) 4 Ven­er­a­ble Euro­pean ap­peared around West End (8) 5 Church sup­port­ing end­less end of term do (7) 6 Ar­ti­cles cloth­ing triplet be­fore I knitted shawl (6) 7 Take part, sooner or later, in protest against a greedy spec­u­la­tor (4) 8 Ink, and then wa­ter, ru­ined some cloth­ing (8) 12 Poor devil, fin­ished, I dis­carded (12) 15 In­ter­na­tional trav­eller’s re­quire­ment that af­fects fu­ture ac­tions (4,4) 17 Ar­chi­tect put in or­na­men­tal fab­ric for writer (8) 18 Fol­low­ing re­vi­sion, true view of an an­cient civ­i­liza­tion (8) 19 Edit­ing badly could get one fired (7) 21 Batting last for Ox­ford, I be­come a dark blue (6) 24 I’m for HM – or used to be (4)

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