CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

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ACROSS

1 Spoil test pe­riod in or­der, ex­pelling small num­ber (7) 5 Small Rus­sian leader’s back­ing point­less ex­er­cises (3-3) 9 Cheap in­for­ma­tion (7) 10 Brag about doc­tor’s hot air (7) 11 Sis­ter wel­comes in­de­pen­dent teacher (3) 12 Oil spilt in un­usual Mon­sieur’s paint­ing style (11) 13 Sen­ti­men­tal person dis­trib­utes toys around France (5) 14 I put in ex­tra mud af­ter stir­ring in­gre­di­ent (9) 16 Real jerk goes af­ter gold in that case (9) 17 North­ern joint nearly re­called house mem­ber (5) 19 Re­write para­ble — add shorter sen­tence per­haps (4,7) 22 It’s re­puted to be pri­mar­ily old, wise and learned (3) 23 Ex­pect­ing to have to drop first rul­ing (7) 24 Bull­fighter in charge, wav­ing a prod around (7) 26 Fried chips, adding in un­known old medicine (6) 27 En­ter­tainer’s part is tem­po­rar­ily re­strict­ing (7)

DOWN

1 Vic­tor is hemmed in by drinks cases (7) 2 Trusted source of sup­port, like tug­boat? (5,2,8) 3 Hoo-ha in Mikado? Not half! (3) 4 List­less feel­ing in night in Paris? Not en­tirely (5) 5 Very tiny mi­cro­phone tails U-boats at sea (9) 6 In­vest a mil­lion pre­serv­ing Sri Lankan lan­guage (5) 7 Women with shiny hair do pull in best man some­how (8,7) 8 Ob­struct Yan­kee ap­pear­ing in Times spread (6) 12 Tax­a­tion sys­tem traps English person re­ceiv­ing cheque (5) 14 Sailor with cold en­ters old fan­tas­tic icy re­gion (9) 15 Unit sur­faces in vari­able ni­tro­gen el­e­ment (5) 16 Hope a father ac­quires power (6) 18 Ex­pand gen­eral sup­ply (7) 20 En­ergy Amer­i­can found in Scot­tish moun­tains (5) 21 Star has hectare at foot of moun­tain (5) 25 In cart, this pet could make 14 Down (3)

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