Guardian cryp­tic cross­word No 27,661

The Guardian - Journal - - Puzzles - set by Pi­ca­roon

Across

4 Vir­tu­oso mata­dor holds an­i­mals’ bod­ies (6)

6 French way to back bad ac­tor, a union player? (8)

9 Lo­cal rep may of­fer this pre-lunch drink (2-4)

10 Two British mon­archs host­ing posh no­bil­ity (8)

11 Killed du­elling, crim­i­nal’s put on out­fit oddly (11)

15 A Lib­eral breaks rule to switch al­le­giance (7)

17 Pen note about poet (7) 18 Con­cerned with the cloth of skirt tai­lor re­tails (11)

22 Ring road, one not for pedes­trian (8)

23 De­pres­sion case from Kansas is trou­ble for the doc­tor (6)

24 Poet’s pen­ning mock ar­chaic ar­ti­cle show­ing women on top (8) 25 Dumplings not on, Ed­ward’s usual (6)

Down

1 State cap­i­tal built up last (2,4) 2 Many a ten­der dog with sin­cere bark­ing (in all across so­lu­tions here) (10)

3 Co­or­di­nated what sol­diers did (6-2)

4 Stock com­plaint from canon­ised cricket com­men­ta­tor? (8)

5 Most of city girl’s old song (8) 7 Vic­tor snubbed in party dance (4) 8 Spell a word (4)

12 Cryp­tic en­ter­tains, dis­play­ing groups of let­ters (10)

13 It could be true, mind shows un­de­vel­oped part (8)

14 Re­spected pa­pers cov­er­ing party spread­ing lies (8)

16 Two lots of the writer’s books at hand (8)

19 Strip­ping off, never mind get­ting a mea­sur­ing de­vice (6)

20 Gang­ster to take drugs, hold­ing noth­ing back (4)

21 Avant-garde clothes taken from ex­cited guy (4)

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