CRYPTIC # 24415

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure -

ACROSS

1 His Nibs is not the first to leave football team (4) 3 Sat in shock af­ter sur­pris­ing us in the buff (10) 10 Old man in church, the last to sport a jew­elled headdress (7) 11 Pon­derin’ over round in bar be­tween lights (7) 12 Profit from ex­pe­ri­ence — dis­cover a per­son’s started strip­ping (5,4,6) 13 Foun­da­tions said to pro­vide reg­u­lar cour­ses (6) 14 In which ma­nip­u­la­tors may be hand in glove (8) 17 Staff of­fer­ing sup­port where stan­dards rise and fall (8) 18 Tramp round new bor­ough ini­tially and so­cialise (6) 21 Bloomer made by prud­ish woman with flat in Gateshead (7,8) 23 Ar­tillery com­man­der thus taken pris­oner in French ter­ri­tory (7) 24 Labourer’s dic­tum that may be cut­ting (7) 25 In­sult­ing notes seek­ing in­for­ma­tion (10) 26 Ar­tic­u­late cou­ples, one with ex­cep­tion­ally good sight (4)

DOWN

1 Bar­racker’s ir­ri­tated cry about Lib­eral turn­ing up (7) 2 Swim­mer tak­ing a chewy sub­stance in a Scot­tish is­land (9) 4 Ob­serv­ing what a sym­phony in F, for ex­am­ple, is? (6) 5 Art­less old For­eign Sec­re­tary’s play on words (8) 6 How I earn my liv­ing? It’s no­body else’s busi­ness! (4-10) 7 Girl fail­ing to get on with­out a stage name, per­haps (5) 8 Oc­cu­pa­tion of the hus­band­less mistress of Bill Sikes? (7) 9 Lack­ing push, never at first join in putsch (14) 15 Vaguely rep­re­sented Ely with sun out (9) 16 No­to­ri­ous crim­i­nal pub­lished in qual­ity pa­per (8) 17 Taken for a ride like Ja­cob? (7) 19 Pol­ish com­poser pins ini­tially warm no­tice up (7) 20 Tell per­haps dis­heart­ened engi­neer to sup­port chief? (6) 22 Faulty judg­ment over­turned in For­far or Ren­frew (5)

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