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1. Nearly clean the sailor with one green condi­ment (6) 4. The war ru­ined the ar­range­ment of flow­ers (6) 8. Hear about Ae­sop’s run­ner? (4) 9. Sup­port a fa­mous foot­baller who was some­what in­fe­rior (6-4) 11. Nat­ter about the French house (6) 12. De­clare to look af­ter (8) 13. Ves­sels for worn-out peo­ple con­ceal­ing mar­i­juana (9) 15. The sea­man in church gets a trun­cheon (4) 16. The stairs al­ter­na­tive causes the va­grant to lose his head (4) 17. The as­sis­tant holds the trousers close by (9) 21. Train­ing in rotgut is out of or­der (8) 22. Un­com­fort­able about any use be­ing changed (6) 24. Pro­fes­sor Mcg­o­na­gall per­haps is af­ter a UK pa­per – it could turn the heat on (4,6) 25. It’s down to cease and it’s out to ex­clude (4) 26. Some of­fers at zoos are not gen­uine (6) 27. Trop­i­cal storms lack­ing on ro­ta­tions (6)

DOWN 1. Don tak­ing in the con­di­tions (7) 2. Won­der­ful wave (5) 3. Kiss on the head, at a public wait­ing area (3,4) 5. Op­er­ated the de­tec­tives, it’s rot­ten (6) 6. En­ter­pris­ing when mother re­turned a small por­tion of debts (9)

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