cryptic crossword

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ACROSS

1 Un­for­tu­nately a pest will eat lit­tle plant (5,3)

9 Some­thing ut­tered by min­is­ter is clever, de­vi­ous (8)

10 Gloomy sailor go­ing to doc­tor (4) 11 Story from the past about small fuss in­volv­ing Con­ser­va­tive (12) 13 Pro­tected with weapons, hav­ing to guard old bi­b­li­cal city (8)

15 Aban­don hot place noted for its rats (6) 16 Dis­tin­guished man has house in which to en­ter­tain Her Majesty (4)

17 Hav­ing mul­ti­ple in­volve­ment, ex­cept for a small bit (5)

18What makes man worry reg­u­larly, be­ing amiss (4)

20 Pol­ish match of­fi­cial in trou­ble ul­ti­mately (6)

21 De­meanour of a bishop, one en­thralled by ex­per­i­men­tal com­poser (8)

23 State of Amer­ica – is it wa­ver­ing, wob­bling? (4,8)

26 Fifty had a meal past nor­mal bed­time? (4)

27 Fea­ture of cli­mate has artist get­ting home be­fore au­tumn (8)

28 Raiders for years on the ram­page (8)

DOWN

2 Arab in con­flict? (8)

3 Bert is gloomy – med­i­cal ex­pert sorts that out (12)

4 3R for in­stance will get this text­book (6) 5 French plane I ditched in river (4)

6 Ran cam­paign – gangs helped, be­com­ing au­di­ble (8)

7 Im­age of trendy com­pany in­cluded (4) 8 Daugh­ter, see, sav­ing a bit of money in proper fash­ion (8)

12 Fleet Street area friend keep­ing still or show­ing great de­light? (12)

14 Greek party with king or queen in charge (5)

16 Dif­fi­cult con­flict end­ing with un­re­li­able equip­ment (8)

17Wr iter’s low­est point, up­set­ting af­ter fa­mous novel

(8)

19 Record held by player, e.g., is ter­rific (8) 22 Church mu­si­cian, one who shouldn’t be play­ing? (6)

24Miss out as cap­tain (4)

25 Chasm mak­ing fe­male pull up (4)

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