Guardian cryp­tic cross­word

No 27,685 set by Imo­gen

The Guardian - Journal - - Puzzles -

Across

1 Have im­pos­si­ble aims: go af­ter bad weather gives way (5,8) 10 Reg­u­larly awry is pic: why I go for such a pre­view? (7)

11 Put old boy on back — it does noth­ing to cure him (7)

12 Re­turn home­work about the French rev­o­lu­tion­ary (5) 13 Move­ment of eyes in mod­est low­er­ing (9)

14 Euro­pean vis­its pros­per­ous king­dom (5)

16 Sort of pro­gres­sion of cortege

I’m or­gan­is­ing (9)

18 Chew gum, hav­ing drunk tea (9) 19 Rus­sian cav­alry drop­ping let­tuce in bags (5)

20 Doll has teeth and ears in the wrong places (9)

23 Smooth old jazzmen (5)

24 Sev­eral over­tures made by man to woman (7)

25 Caus­tic, say, about in­def­i­nite num­ber ad­mit­ted to craft (7) 26 Ab­surd mother’s hor­rid in these? (7,6)

Down

2 Un­scrupu­lous lawyer head­ing off one’s con­stant sup­pressed laugh­ter (9)

3 Said by some to have risen rapidly, but cut (5)

4 Stiff sort of card sup­ports equip­ment (5) 5 Suc­ceeded dodg­ing fare-checker? Out­come fi­nally undis­closed (2,7) 6 In­no­cent bishop de­prived of golden fab­ric? (9)

7 Place ques­tion (5)

8 On va­ca­tion, no one may use com­put­ers! (4,4,2,3)

9 Ap­proaches some sea­side towns for foot­ball and rugby (7,6)

15 Af­ter heroin, moral­ist turns to a drop of the hard stuff (9)

16 Se­ri­ous dis­tance to one’s fi­nal des­ti­na­tion (9)

17 Ly­ing about boss, nearly new (9) 21 Around the same thing, live and love (5)

22 Pasta cooked as ap­pe­tis­ers (5) 23 Pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in small com­pany let­ters (3,2)

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