CRYPTIC # 24412

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ACROSS

1 Di­ver­sions re­sult­ing from pon­toon bridge split­ting (4,5) 6 One wa­ter-bird on river is ma­ture (5) 9 Child’s mother hold­ing black snake (5) 10 Firm date put out for hos­tile takeover (4,5) 11 Lived some­where like Liver­pool? (7) 12 Open­ness of univer­sity with pos­i­tive at­ti­tude? Right (7) 13 Flex­i­ble in thought, in way that’s en­hanc­ing (14) 17 Bad run symp­to­matic of what makes red cells pro­lif­er­ate? (9,5) 21 Per­son used to be seen in mu­si­cal, with a pi­ano back­ing (4,3) 23 Line in a great novel, unbound (2,5) 25 Hold up pop­u­lar poet as one favour­ing wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion (5,4) 26 Seas are hid­den by ’aze, re­port­edly, in this port (5) 27 In­di­cate pe­riod charm (5) 28 Writer’s de­pres­sion get­ting char­ac­ter on to screen (9)

DOWN

1 Squeeze some energy out of host on ship (8) 2 One re­spon­si­ble for cap­i­tal an­cient re­gion raised (5) 3 Sport­ing achieve­ment in which op­po­nents never re­gain the lead (5,4) 4 Bro­ken stones gar­dener put un­der cover (7) 5 In course taken ini­tially, study very lit­tle (7) 6 The think­ing man’s sculp­tor (5) 7 Hav­ing noth­ing, un­der pres­sure, book slog­ger’s put in? (9) 8 Kind mother, so-called (6) 14 Put to­gether a lot of data for pub fa­cil­ity, per­haps (4,5) 15 Try again to meet this per­son’s re­quest (9) 16 Set of char­ac­ters fe­male en­coun­tered in would-be dom­i­nant church (8) 18 State(3,4) of knower, con­fused about un­known 19 Act like sup­port­ers in part of ground not far away (5,2) 20 Sun ex­posed this high-flier’s mis­take (6) 22 Piece of wood, a se­lec­tion of which is put in box (5) 24 Page three, for ex­am­ple, church­man fi­nally elim­i­nated (5)

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