CRYP­TIC CROSSWORD: NO. 28, 214

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL EXPRESS -

Across

1 Dog sav­aged Repub­li­cans and odd char­ac­ters in melee (7,7) 9 Min­is­ters en­act leg­is­la­tion car­ry­ing half of Con­ser­va­tives (7) 10 Su­perb ve­hi­cle over­turned by tree (7) 11 Cap­tain Cook’s equip­ment (3) 12 One do­ing more good deeds in beauty spot (6,5) 14 Still batting with no sug­ges­tion of crit­i­cism bag­ging duck (3,3) 15 Venue for per­form­ing mu­sic – ole! (8) 17 Change meat, put in starters of aloo and in­salata (8) 19 Girl – I turn with re­pul­sion, em­braced by the op­po­site sex (6) 22 En­gi­neers scrap Euro­pean steamship, show­ing no respite (11) 23 Wor­ried about Greek char­ac­ter (3) 24 Ad­min­is­tra­tor re­duced men serv­ing round Royal Academy (7) 26 Ja­panese art of note shown by old Baltic city (7) 27 Old king could be­come glad there­after (6,3,5)

Down

1 Su­per­hero play­ing a cin­e­matic part end­lessly, top class (7,7)

2 Pre­ten­tious type bit­ter af­ter good times (7)

3 Pop­u­lar film? Ban one about train rob­ber (11)

4 One’s in group car­ry­ing out rebellion (6)

5 Out-of-date teacher de­parted (6,2)

6 Nick’s sus­pen­sion over­turned (3)

7 Per­fect ex­am­ple of East­ern book with re­li­gious con­tent (7)

8 Ro­man­tic laments tini­est fail­ing (14)

13 Scrap­ping briefly, risk rough Rus­sian fighter hold­ing part of leg (11)

16 Shabby old Ital­ian leader, a com­mu­nist (3-5)

18 Cart in which ac­ro­bat swaps sides (7)

20 Small space in stan­dard egg (7)

21 In a se­ries, pre­ced­ing first prize Rother­ham holds (6)

25 Be­come high climb­ing to achieve peak (3)

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