CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

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ACROSS 7 A cen­tre in the Parisian ball game (8) 9 Closer game? Lose out, but well done! (6) 10 Re­mark­able reign as­so­ci­ated with a queen (6) 11 Tall tale about king causes dis­agree­ment (8) 12 Very im­pos­ing — that’s how ac­tors are on the cin­ema screen (6,4,4) 15 Not even sec­ond chances (4) 17 Strange, the two of us fol­low­ing one road? On the con­trary (5) 19 Dog story heard (4) 20 Pen­sion­ers ini­tially sang in tune in min­strel style (3,5,2,4) 23 De­lib­er­ate trick by team on right (8) 25 Sor­did Greek part­ner, ac­cord­ing to a Cock­ney? (6) 27 Hit rower (6) 28 No thanks! Great! Don’t men­tion it! (3,2,3)

DOWN 1 Cen­tre of in­fe­rior qual­ity (4) 2 Mak­ing mis­take chop­ping head off fish (6) 3 In­sect land­ing on fine meat (4) 4 Fight­ing court case (6) 5 Area DI ob­serv­ing rules very closely (8) 6 Prom­ises no changes — an er­ror in speech (10) 8 Bird in spring on river bank (7) 13 Also short of bub­bly, etc (3,2,5) 14 Hitch up in Haw­ick, they say (5) 16 Re­con­structed Swedish box­ing ring is mi­nor at­trac­tion (8) 18 Cur­rent doc­tor caught head of clinic out (7) 21 Se­nior ci­ti­zens love sto­ries about duke (6) 22 Hus­band and his mother’s sis­ters could be lo­cals? (6) 24 Am­phithe­atre in Trier, in Ger­many (4) 26 Oint­ment from re­search cen­tre spilled over mo­tor­way (4)

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