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CRYP­TIC ACROSS

1 Stick to one’s guns as holy man and Ir­ish­man (5,3) 5 Blows away new growth (6)

10 Steer her clear around my rear, for ex­am­ple (5) 11 Gen­uine earth­quake ma­te­rial (9)

12 Damsel in dis­tress about one slip in five hun­dred, per­haps (7)

13 Clever clogs re­ported leather tool’s miss­ing (4-3) 14 Af­fec­tion­ate sort (4) 15 Black magic is noted and thrown over­board (10) 18 Love a lit­tle sleep, and with the sec­ond of the two, suc­ceeds with­out any ef­fort (2,1,7)

19 Writ­ing on the wall is phe­nom­e­nally reduced (4) 21 Yearn to turn back weight (4,3)

23 Un­con­testable that I had en­tered con­test (7)

25 Lower court un­cov­ered con­duct (9)

26 Some bud put back bite in cho­co­late pud­ding (5) 27 Ori­en­tal flower fes­ti­val (6)

28 Ram in, hav­ing been clipped with­out gar­den tool (8)

DOWN

1 The trick about the river is to get out quickly (5)

2 Gorge in the heart of Siam, the old name for a mod­ern na­tion (9)

3 An­te­lope hold the record for more yawn­ing (6)

4 One cold pack ends tone on the back of the calf (8,6) 6 Con­ser­va­tory pipe passed around old sec­ond per­son (8)

7 Work on Cen­tral Euro­pean time (5)

8 Felt at home to qui­eten noise (7,2)

9 Blaze on tree be­trayed ex­plo­ration as the first step in ad­ver­tis­ing (6,8) 14 Week-long bat­tle to keep daugh­ter in school (9) 16 Deputy is un­able to re­spond to con­trol tower (6,3)

17 Fixed charge for that stan­dard of apart­ment? (4,4) 20 Nun’s out­fit hides a politi­cian, in a cun­ning plan (6)

22 Treated men as fa­mous peo­ple (5)

24 Claw back some guano later (5)

Yes­ter­day’s so­lu­tions:

Across: 1 In­stead. 5 Hum­drum. 9 The States. 10 Dried.

11 Get ones bear­ings. 12 Rar­ity. 14 Birth­day. 17 En­dur­ing. 18 Prison. 21 Car­di­nal num­bers. 24 Atoll. 25 Ill at ease. 26 Tran­sit. 27 De­stroy.

Down: 1 In­te­ger. 2 Shel­tered. 3 Eaten. 4 De­test. 5 Hys­te­ria. 6 Moder­a­tor. 7 Reign. 8 Mod­esty. 13 Tor­tillas. 15 Dis­re­pair. 16 An­nal­ist. 17 En­chant. 19 Nosh­ery. 20 Un­clad. 22 Rioja. 23 Maths.

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