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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Mind Games -

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1 Well known PC re­leases old man (5) 4 Prac­tise moves for fight­ing spy on TV (6-3) 9 One who’s first, not the last, to catch old In­dian (9) 10 In a shop­ping cen­tre spin­ning wool (5) 11 Reach is­land by teatime ex­tremely con­cerned for oth­ers (13) 14 Senses he hides lots of drinks? (4) 15 Nice diner may say this qui­etly with a pint to be drunk (3,7) 18 Per­son who’s seen tes­ti­fy­ing, yet is seen with crooks stran­gling wife (10) 19 Collection of books about politi­cian and femme fa­tale … (4) 21 … ba­si­cally books penned by en­ter­tain­ing lady friend (13) 24 Saint ac­cepted by coun­try that’s re­jected re­li­gion (5) 25 Diver’s sec­ond time on lake in craft (9) 27 Top town hall of­fice girl left in a Tory shake-up (9) 28 Small PC holds noth­ing exclusive (5)

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1 Reader of the lat­est novel — sort oddly about class (10) 2 Beer container fan up­set (3) 3 Work in night­club two char­ac­ters picked up (6) 4 Ma­te­rial in­side sleeves re­placed by pale blue fab­ric (9) 5 A move re­peated as much as one likes (1,4) 6 They can help one see grease marks in stages (3,5) 7 Pioneer en­ter­ing lounge in club bar (5,1,5) 8 Ten min­utes since the present time (4) 12 Lieu­tenant at the front in US army felt trained in an ex­pert way (11) 13 Grad­u­ally two favourites go over en­ter­tain­ing times

(4,2,4)

16 I, say, come to grief with ut­ter

hard­ship (9)

17 Sk­in­flint hoard­ing no money, pri­mar­ily? It’s the wrong

term (8)

20 Eva­sive moves un­likely on

board (6)

22 Paragon of virtue’s put out af­ter fi­nally chang­ing

sides (5)

23 Solid team of doc­tors in

hospi­tal (4)

26 Al­most feel­ing low (3)

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