Solution No. 2706

Across

1 Food I fed to soldiers, a Chinese dish (4,4)

5 Ancient city, she bet, is in ruins (6)

9 Beast making social worker run away (8)

10 Take to task, one way or the other (4,2)

12 Pay for another nurse (5)

13 Following lift, he will complain vociferously (5,4)

14 Thought of French emancipation (12)

18 At which prices are gradually lowered for lots in Amsterdam? (5,7)

21 Character cutting, a cheat (9)

23 Boredom shown by nun, I suspect, after end of service (5)

24 Endeavour to secure one pound for a hat (6)

25 Whistle along, then be quiet (4,4)

26 Followed, stubbornly determined (6)

27 Miniature hourglass, for example - good orders brought back (3,5)

Down

1 Talkative, spiteful about husband (6)

2 Unfashionable group’s origin (6)

3 Kids lose them, helmet and kit, carelessly (4,5)

4 Especially popular individual (2,10)

6 Building hospital overlooking river in York (5)

7 Regular newsletter round home (8)

8 Shortly to provide worker to take another’s place (8)

11 Avoiding an issue that is dividing small Essex town (12)

15 One male in a shelter needed to make amends (9)

16 Informed cadet, due abroad (8)

17 Southern sailor has fish for bird (8)

19 Popular figure playing well (2,4)

20 Conqueror William’s initial secret (6)

22 Transaction involving black fur (5)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2706September 29, 2012