Crossword solution No. 2725

Across

1 This will explain how to cook prime piece of rump, juicy piece (6)

4 I appear in these French skating exhibitions (3,5)

9 Scholar holding old scarf (3)

10 With fervour, oppose religious drama (7,4)

12 Assess and buy shares (4,5)

13 Another military commander elected (5)

14 Noel has to fight for a bonus (9,3)

19 Head lad gets a part in panto (9,3)

22 Call round for drummer (5)

23 Semi to let out — it may get you a few smackers (9)

25 I am a creep in comic film (8,3)

26 Some Jamaica rum in vehicle (3)

27 Skipper perished at sea (8)

28 Tranquil piece of music a daughter brought out (6)

Down

1 Form of street dance associated with jerks? (8)

2 Bananas and nuts, they may be on the table at Christmas (8)

3 Extremely perceptive foreign spy becomes a diarist (5)

5 Caught with joint in prison (5)

6 Father Christmas, very large, captured by artist in a California city (5,4)

7 Broken coal in a fuel container (6)

8 Hanging on’s no time for talking! (6)

11 English artist’s wintry figure? (7)

15 One miser’s uncertain what vicars do? (9)

16 Makes a mistake and falls over (5,2)

17 Old boy’s story about cold bar (8)

18 Exclamation from pop star dropping ring (2,6)

20 Christmas decoration causing violent anger around Egypt’s capital (6)

21 Article takes shape identifying spirits (6)

23 I am to be found in Michigan tourist centre (5)

24 Subject, for example, in fiction (5)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2725February 9, 2013