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A prize of £15 in book to­kens will be awarded for the first cor­rect so­lu­tion opened. So­lu­tions must reach Crossword No 4467, Coun­try Life, Pine­hurst II, Pine­hurst Road, Farn­bor­ough Busi­ness Park, Farn­bor­ough, Hamp­shire GU14 7BF, by Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 21. UK en­trants only.

ACROSS 1. Adult males agree in­tel­lec­tu­ally (8) 5. Large toupée for a VIP? (6) 9. De­liv­er­ing po­etry, and quot­ing again (8) 10. Ital­ian painter—one pro­tected by gi­ant (6) 12. Girls at­tend­ing grand spec­ta­cles (7) 13. A more sat­is­fac­tory part­ner in crime (7) 14. Vary­ing in sub­stance, lit­tle sib­ling ad­mit­ted (12) 17. At beach, we get in­volved with big but­ter­fly (7, 5) 22. Some Novem­ber mud af­fect­ing West In­dian is­lands (7) 23. Lib­er­tine leav­ing to get du­bi­ous profit? (4-3) 24. Vine­gary cham­pion with ner­vous twitch (6) 25. Aus­tri­ans com­pete with Pole seen around (8) 26. Euro­pean king en­ter­tain­ing key bal­le­rina, say? (6) 27. Thrive end­lessly at Court? That’s the ex­pec­ta­tion (8)

DOWN 1. Ag­gres­sion on mo­tor­way? An il­lu­sory thing (6) 2. Sug­ary fluid pro­duc­ing trance, per­haps? (6) 3. Skilled worker tak­ing sides? Not at first (7) 4. Tall eques­trian rais­ing son to be docker (12) 6. Frigid­ity of old chem­i­cal-com­pany head (7) 7. Amer­i­can painter show­ing hap­pi­ness at work? (8) 8. Pro­duce in­for­ma­tion with en­ergy and speed (8) 11. Bird in Planet Earth at last— one caus­ing has­sle? (5, 7) 15. Set up dull method of pay­ment for sheath (8) 16. Work­ing near Bede’s place in Scot­land (8) 18. In­sult­ing sailor, this com­piler’s taken round Amer­ica (7) 19. Thanks Cam­bridge col­lege for in­come (7) 20. Woman’s in busi­ness, ini­tially ea­ger to stick to­gether (6) 21. Im­pres­sion pro­duced by most of one’s be­long­ings? (6)

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