CRYP­TIC CLUES

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ACROSS 1 Dirty robe’s cen­tre spot (7) 5 Kabul’s heart lay in favourite kind of bland en­ter­tain­ment (7) 9 Nu­clear plant in­her­ited a smell that’s dis­as­trous (5,4,6) 10 Pro­vide cap­i­tal for re­cre­ation ground in the end (4) 11 Worked cog out and hold mitt if it’s a bit hairy (5-3-2) 14 Style of leo­tard that keeps one well-dressed (8) 15 Ex­pert put gold back into mine shaft (6) 17 Printed ma­te­rial on sign in the Czech Repub­lic (6) 18 Question a ruler’s bizarre ar­gu­ments (8) 21 Month, drunk, in sea on sauce (10) 22 Saintly aura is half split, half lost (4) 24 A high street rant turned out to be apoc­a­lyp­tic (5-10) 26 Rad­i­cal’s turn to ac­cept a lot of the writ­ing of an ide­al­ist (7) 27 Sus­pend play that takes the mickey (5,2) DOWN 1 Not in the run­ning to be stoned (3,2,2) 2 Lucky dis­cov­ery af­ter plunge in com­po­sure (11) 3 Keeper held up fencer’s steel (4) 4 Record one’s poetry in many sec­tions (8) 5 Run through mu­si­cal work, in­clud­ing Ravel’s first (6) 6 Rub­ber­neck­ers de­stroy­ing a Byrds’ nest? (10) 7 Long year, short pas­ture (3) 8 Fol­lowed and might have sus­pi­cions that are sound (4,3) 12 Doc­tor changed mode and sign of desert trans­port (11) 13 City ty­ing up said actor (10) 16 Steals up, rip­ping off pounds (8) 17 Put in a good word for honour peo­ple put into record­ing (7) 19 Sub­sti­tute made shot go past post, at the top (7) 20 Ar­ti­cle prob­ing dis­tant an­ces­tor (6) 23 Bad name to have in mind (4) 25 Buck chat-up line (3)

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