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ACROSS

1 Moun­tain ser­vice? (4,4)

5 Heaps of chim­neys (6)

10 Stop fea­ture of Cock­ney speech in Tot­ten­ham, for ex­am­ple (7)

11 I blanche at the sight of Vlad (7)

12 Cruel mess _ filthy stuff! (5)

13 Of­fi­cer in charge of cop­per strug­gles for breath with peo­ple in­side (9)

14 In trou­ble, keep­ing nerve, get com­fort in bed (3,5,6)

17 Launch craft and cel­e­brate (4,3,4,3)

21 Are Baltic states pre­pared to mark up scale? (9)

23 Clutch, say, at chance to plead (5) 24 Study an exercise and get ad­justed to new con­di­tions (7)

25 This may be raised quizzi­cally when wee boy’s come to grief over reading (7) 26 Burnt when what Moses parted was re­joined (6)

27 Keen to learn, you are re­ported to be in­tro­duced to places where films are made (8)

DOWN

1 Old witch will try for a bar­gain (6)

2 King that hurts old Marx­ist (7)

3 Com­mon sense shown by mum with short­com­ing (6,3)

4 Halite, per­haps, that makes the world a bet­ter place (4,2,3,5)

6 Over­turn when it’s been turned over by lit­tle dog (3,2)

7 Old phone com­pany heard to mar­ket what fish­er­men need (7) 8 Em­pha­sised use of upside-down pud­dings (8)

9 Com­ment even rip apart mil­i­tary tac­tic (6,8) 15 Sport dear ram­blings when ex­pan­sive (9) 16 In­spect res­i­dence for pres­ence of ghosts (8) 18 Ot­toman leader takes a fruit (7)

19 Fail to ex­change ex­pe­ri­ence (7) 20 Cow­ell, gut­ted, con­fesses to cre­at­ing fig­ures of fun (6)

22 Stiffen soft peo­ple (5)

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