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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Mind Games -

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1 Over­wrought fa­ther cut short tom­fool­ery (7) 5 Salts per­haps in need of leader af­ter sailor Jack gives up (7) 9 Con­ver­sa­tion’s sure to founder — dance takes prece­dence (9) 10 Records un­known la­bel pri­mar­ily seen on for­eign wine (5) 11 Start miss­ing an­swer? They say you al­ways pay for it (5) 12 Shoot sergeant ma­jor vis­it­ing east­ern state com­mis­sioner (9) 14 Means to bring up two as­pects of con­tact sport? (5,3,6) 17 What could pro­duce a cheer when lit close to bon­fire? (9,5) 21 Last couple of men within start smok­ing to re­lax (7,2) 23 Name­less, ti­tled per­son re­turns, in­di­vid­ual want­ing con­tacts? (5) 24 Mov­ing into sec­ond place, back­marker in river race (5) 25 Tak­ing off retro work with artist in fi­nal? (9) 26 City doc­tor needs mo­bile (7) 27 She’s ad­mired by ju­niors long­ing to break through (7)

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1 Cook’s dossier gone into by the­olo­gian (6) 2 Reg­u­larly read over el­e­vated pas­sages in mag­a­zine (7) 3 Warn­ing sign that ca­nine ought to be stopped? (9) 4 Area in my al­lot­ment caus­ing con­cern (11) 5 Large shed by shaft fell (3) 6 Event’s top three cou­ples in for­mal at­tire got up and danced (5) 7 Away of work­ing in class got out of con­trol (3,4) 8 Break­away run­ner changes sides (8) 13 Pep­pery fish served up, tougher af­ter heat­ing? (3-8) 15 No pukka jour­nal­ist on case of lady with red face? (9) 16 Brief row leads to pro­gram’s top exec de­fend­ing what Moore did (8) 18 Sin­gu­lar ex­its from comic steal­ing end of joke (3,4) 19 Men in­volved in racket re­vers­ing long-term dam­age (7) 20 Spare home agree­ments largely un­used (6) 22 Walk, or drift, horse hav­ing bolted (5) 25 Be­gin re­mov­ing old bird cage (3)

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