CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

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ACROSS

1 Mil­i­tary force, say, en­cap­su­lated by brave char­ac­ter (6) 4 Child’s first out of bed to en­ter part of kitchen (8) 9 Lo­ca­tion an­nounced for swim­mer (6) 10 Where un­pro­fes­sional film ac­tor might go for a pe­riph­eral part? (8) 11 Sup­port for snaps shown by re­tired party af­ter ex­cur­sion (6) 12 Per­haps ser­vice pol­icy re­veals limit in growth (4,4) 14 Guess Con­ser­va­tive starts to jus­tify econ­omy’s course? True for a change (10) 18 A re­quest given back­ing with noise in a set of peers? (3,7) 22 Part of win­ter val­ued for a break (8) 23 Urn one’s bro­ken in cell (6) 24 Lead­ing project? Fe­male falls be­hind with it (8) 25 Work on­line re­veal­ing me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non (2,4) 26 Angli­can event none­the­less no good (8) 27 A com­pan­ion di­vides pre­pared bag of medicine? (6)

DOWN

1 Some slap son af­ter ef­fron­tery, want­ing credit (8) 2 Drop in al­lowance? It could show de­gree in fall (8) 3 In the past, twice giv­ing ca­sual look (4-4) 5 Bar group’s ex­cited about food’s in­tro­duc­tion — it’s read­ily avail­able (2,3,5) 6 De­mand to jump into punt for ham­per (6) 7 Rising sign of ap­proval is fol­low­ing a hand­some fig­ure (6) 8 Show hes­i­ta­tion as one work­ing in trench — cold must be ig­nored (6) 13 De­cline in male race (10) 15 Flower left in a cli­mate un­usu­ally with no end of heat (8) 16 End­lessly go round mo­tor­way be­fore quiet mi­nor en­gage­ment (8) 17 Part of ground re­vealed some­thing ex­cep­tional (8) 19 Col­lec­tion in­clud­ing very loud rub­bish (6) 20 Re-eval­u­ate as ev­ery­one at heart be­comes re­laxed (2,4) 21 Camper ditch­ing load on English river, caus­ing grave dif­fi­culty (6)

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