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CRYPTIC CLUES ACROSS

1 Pad­dle ves­sel ply­ing to and fro (5) 8 Pic­ture of French writer (8) 9 Ex­ploits that need to be wit­nessed (5) 10 Sail north but or­dered into port (8) 11 So­cial in­di­vid­ual (5) 12 An al­ter­na­tive to a key ring (3) 16 Old man chopped down tree (6) 17 The hand­some chap said no un­for­tu­nately (6) 18 Form of food pro­duced in lay­ers (3) 23 What a thief may do is a hit (5) 24 In which all en­trants won’t come up to scratch (8) 25 Make a dec­la­ra­tion in bad taste (5) 26 Craves to out­rage so hams it up (8) 27 A crowd of jour­nal­ists? (5)

DOWN

2 The morn­ing help is eas­ily won over (8) 3 Sound proof of what a performer can do (8) 4 Screen off in church (6) 5 Fight for a bit (5) 6 Dance where peo­ple avoid the bar (5) 7 In­stru­ment put back in col­lec­tion (5) 12 Modest piece of po­etry (3) 13 In­stance of the sack be­ing ap­pro­pri­ate (3) 14 One has a lot of trou­ble get­ting into this (3,5) 15 Ar­gu­ments up­set Sid in a way (8) 19 They’re enor­mous sol­dier ants (6) 20 Maybe worth chang­ing the cast (5) 21 Come in to reg­is­ter (5) 22 Pitch is ris­ing first in in­stru­ment (5)

QUICK CLUES ACROSS

1 Force of ex­plo­sion (5) 8 A few (3,2,3) 9 In the present age (5) 10 High-rank­ing mil­i­tary (3,5) 11 Con­sid­er­ing (5) 12 Un­cooked (3) 16 Ac­cus­tom (6) 17 Brief plea­sure trip (6) 18 Small se­cluded room (3) 23 Con­cord be­tween peo­ple (5) 24 To free from re­straint (3,5) 25 A wild card (5) 26 If jus­tice were done (2,6) 27 Lack­ing spon­tane­ity (5)

DOWN

2 Ex­am­ine (4,4) 3 Dras­tic re­trench­ment (8) 4 Coun­try of south­west Africa (6) 5 Hes­i­tate to be­lieve (5) 6 Thick slice of meat (5) 7 Pro­mote rep­u­ta­tion of (5) 12 Sup­pos­edly revo­lu­tion­ary (3) 13 Gained (3) 14 Be con­spic­u­ous (5,3) 15 In­trin­si­cally (2,6) 19 In­fe­rior sub­sti­tute (6) 20 The planet earth (5) 21 Sharply ev­i­dent (5) 22 Approximate (5)

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