CRYPTIC CROSS­WORD

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

ACROSS

1 Opts out of su­per­sti­tious non­sense - Let’s go around in 70s clothes! (7,5) 9 Fol­low and ar­rest in con­nec­tion with lead (3,6) 10 Some­thing left in a book? (5) 11 Join in op­er­a­tion of clos­ing act in theatre (6) 12 Ground pep­per started off in­side rep­tile (8) 13 Sev­eral in­car­cer­ated in Ir­ish com­pound (6) 14 A ti­dier ar­range­ment fi­nally adopted – one dis­pos­ing of so­cial work­ers (8) 17 Pris­oner re­turns in Athe­nian port (8) 19 Devil takes the hind­most – it’s about to hap­pen! (6) 21 So­cial climb­ing bucket is ex­tremely happy an itch is treated (8) 23 Com­ing to­gether in pleasure, noth­ing is held back (6) 25 Short re­cur­rences, re­turns com­ing back a bit (5) 26 Per­fect, like this? (5,4) 27 Whis­tled when broad­cast kept back in­for­ma­tion (8,4)

DOWN

2/24 16Dn 8Dn No head for heights, per­haps more slip­pery things (9,4) 3 Last of Mo­hi­cans needs nerve, ig­nor­ing a source of great pain (7) 4 Fi­nal signs of Labour bravado – elec­toral down­fall go­ing over and over (4) 5 See 9 6 The an­swer to this clue is found, here or in the other way round (7) 7/15 16Dn 8Dn Empty till how we ar­ranged (5,3,6) 8 See 16 9/5 16Dn 8Dn Gin cock­tail needs drop of mixer first, blended with green teas (7,5,8) 15 See 7 16/8 Sir Wal­ter is reck­less chancer on duty, whirling round at a ceilidh (8,7,5) 18 Rest­less na­tives are most un­so­phis­ti­cated (7) 20 Wo­man in­vited into gar­den left home in sen­ti­men­tal mood (7) 22 Tip comes off thin pointer (5) 24 See 2

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