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ACROSS

6 Car fol­lows U.S. river to find pest (8,6) 9 A sam­ple nearly spoiled con­stituent of blood (6) 10 Fin­ish off creamy dessert, also known as Greek dish (8) 11 Grow about 50 for the first time in es­tate (8) 13 Con­tri­bu­tion from North­west­ern Mu­tual re­versed fall (6) 15 Spooks sup­ply­ing weapons to pro­tect city (6) 17 Stay on key (6) 19 Crack­ling noise com­ing from ra­dio, not mo­bile (6) 20 De­nied stock tucked into grass (8) 22 Stewed rice came as dessert (3,5) 24 In­spect­ing shell (6) 26 An­gry opera star flips — it’s per­fect for cast (7,2,5)

DOWN

1 Crum­bling cal­cite scale is con­cern­ing clergy (14) 2 Ben­e­fit that’s al­most lux­u­ri­ous (4) 3 Mis­prints lead to traitor be­ing caught in time (6) 4 Pig-headed board or­dered to pen union note (8) 5 No­tice fel­low put up rates (4) 7 Switch Ger­man ar­ti­cle about a short dis­tance (6) 8 Didn’t like be­ing in­cluded in pic­ture agree­ment (4-10) 12 Change U.S. lawyer in apart­ment (5) 14 Fin­ished trib­ute to hon­oured guest (5) 16 They may po­ten­tially cram keel (8) 18 Word game about film . . . (6) 21 . . . in which these are flexed to pro­cure fungi, say (6) 23 Mould ac­tors (4) 25 Lively se­nior peo­ple re­spect youth lead­ers (4)

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