CRYPTIC CLUES

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ACROSS

1 8 Unusu­al­lyNor­mal coloursearly bird(8) (5) 9 Re­turn to her or some­one else (5) 10 Innkeeper in the Loire per­haps (8) 11 It can turn into quite a lark (5) 12 Some Ital­ian or Ara­bian name (3) 16 There’s a change of name here (6) 17 A num­ber fin­ish with an al­ter­na­tive seller (6) 18 Shy com­pany an MP drops out of (3) 23 The old sol­diers of a Mid­dle East Re­pub­lic (5) 24 Con­fis­cates one thou­sand ster­ling (8) 25 De­ter­mined to get the money back (3,2) 26 They’re worn with one’s arms in­side (8) 27 Post a bet (5)

DOWN

2 Sur­prise in a host’s de­meanour (8) 3 Sense there’s agree­ment among row­ing men (8) 4 One way to loaf is to walk leisurely (6) 5 At­tack aimed at badgers (5) 6 Boy of six em­braced by his fa­ther (5) 7 Love to make a fuss about some­thing (5) 12 It goes round in a cir­cle (3) 13 A cling­ing fe­male? (3) 14 It may be sim­ple to en­gage one’s at­ten­tion (8) 15 House­hold chores for chil­dren to do (8) 19 Nuns take what su­pe­ri­ors give (6) 20 Hav­ing overindulged fast (5) 21 Soft drink with­out fruit (5) 22 All the com­poser re­quired (5)

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