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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

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ACROSS

1 Talk loudly about ship that’s vulgarly ostentatio­us (6) 4 Keeping supply of hosiery (8) 10 Woman caught West Indian batsman (5) 11 Lamenting bungling order (9) 12 Like simple creatures I exist in unconsciou­s state on reflection (7)

13 Reel engaging tip of dancer’s foot (7)

14 Harry Hole author – thin, extremely patronisin­g (6-4-4) 17 Cat fish biting a cheeky young chap (14)

21 Chemical engineers needing salesperso­n (7)

23 A new cricket ball’s right to the front for sport (7)

24 Got better of fool whose cover is exposed (9) 25 Publicatio­n is to launch litigation (5)

26 Key jargon for gourmet food (8) 27 System taking of vassal a due fraction in return (6)

DOWN

1 Support expert going round hospital in pain (8) 2 Returning greeting by Scottish runner, a religious leader (9)

3 That woman gets minced lamb in butcher’s stall (7) 5 Broadcast transmits Hardy novel (8,6)

6 Defraud kind husband? (7) 7 Failing in record time (5) 8 Soldiers packing guns – they’re dangerous (6)

9 Book two football teams following dismissal (5,6-3) 15 Put burden on newspapers blocking article expressing opinion (9) 16 Reportedly favour marine creature – or another? (4,4) 18 Leading politician has popular group in support (7) 19 Record verse penned by young prince (7)

20 Track rhino finally entering wood (6)

22 Early American map followed by sleuth (5)

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