Ev­ery­man cross­word

No. 3,735

The Observer - The New Review - - Puzzles -

1 Cold is­land, coun­try with­out an in­sect (6)

4 Write song that’s repet­i­tive, show­ing weak­ness (8)

9 Postal sys­tem in trou­ble after be­gin­ning to reach break­ing point (7) 11 De­ceiver hearty about re­tir­ing (7) 12 Re­silient soul had got per­turbed and moved to sob (5,2,3,5)

13 First let­ter from Lau­ren? Not right – sec­ond let­ter from Lau­ren (5) 15 Pop­u­lar ap­peal that is re­ceiv­ing cheers around launch (8) 18 An­cient mon­u­ment from cen­tury be­fore end of pa­gan­ism in part con­nected with church (8)

19 Tree of greater age (5) 21 Prop­erty with fleas on ground in ab­so­lute mess ul­ti­mately (8,7) 24 Rev­o­lu­tion­ary artist, bit­ter, turned and left (7)

25 Put for­ward gold in dra­matic scene (7)

26 Thinker, hot, tires badly (8) 27 Push lever op­er­ated by foot in pro­nounced way (6)

Down

1 Non­sense about large fit­ting fol­lowed by re­buke (8)

2 Is­land held by fanatic or fugi­tive (5) 3 Not clear about a graph dis­torted in par­ti­tion (9)

5 Var­ied in themes, se­cur­ing hon­our with lines pro­vid­ing dec­o­ra­tive de­tail (13)

6 Funny in taxi? Not a bit (5) 7 Out­raged ar­ti­cle sup­plied, filled with pre­tence (9)

8 Tango with hus­band ill-judged in party (6)

10 Novel end for fes­ti­val with elec­tronic beams wrap­ping dis­plays up (3,10) 14 Game bird with split rib (9) 16 Trans­la­tion of fine story beyond de­scrip­tion (9)

17 Quiet res­o­lu­tion with cer­tain force (8)

20 One in climb­ing stum­bles, show­ing courage (6)

22 Award mark be­low zero (5) 23 Be­lief in team lack­ing weight with edi­tor (5)

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