Last Week’s Cryptic

The Saturday Paper - - The Week Contents - MUNGO MacCALLUM is the author of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­is­ters.

ACROSS

1. Paint­ing over retro cafe – time for some­thing made by hu­mans! (8) 5. Mor­ri­son starts with a smoul­der­ing rem­nant – but he’s an MP! (6)10. Herb Rath­bone (5) 11. Es­tab­lishes as­so­ci­a­tions around, for in­stance, ex­iles (9) 12. Para­doxes – they sound like id­iots on the Isis! (9) 13. Grand rush to avarice (5) 14. Pop­u­lar friends – but they’re in prison (7) 16. Ad­der is found from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary (6) 18. En­grossed un­der can­vas? (6) 20. Melody a dread­ful noise – but lo­cated the fre­quency (5,2) 22. As­cend over a jump in wages (5) 23. Proper flow­ers – but they say their path leads to damna­tion! (9) 25. Flags per­for­mance criteria (9) 26. Paid at­ten­tion – not the jour­nal­ist! (5) 27. Posed rage, but it is meant as hu­mour (6) 28. Ruled al­co­holic drink is safe in­side (8)

DOWN

1. Army doc­tor em­braces lit­tle brother in the big­gest con­ti­nent for the divine food (8) 2. Good man found in Scot­tish river – en­tic­ing! (5) 3. Tail the boss to run­down, low, fed­eral ho­tel (6,3,6) 4. Ve­hi­cle goes off for veg­eta­bles (7) 6. Bat­tle calls – they could be promis­ing! (10,5) 7. R – a bad out­come (6,3) 8. Dwell about the team (6) 9. Cen­tury does not suc­ceed, and ends (6) 15. Beg­gar says he is un­able to re­form (9) 17. Bi­ased, like a Moe­bius strip (3-5) 19. Comes to a point where sailors in­clude ex­er­cise regime (6) 20. English in sad French set­ting – but it’s a city in Italy! (7) 21. Rain­bows in the eyes (6) 24. Goat­man sounds like 27 (5)

So­lu­tion next week

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