Solution No. 2716

Across

1 The Parisian on Northern Ireland river (4)

3 What may show twenty with chap bagging a run? (10)

9 Writer may have question after dance (9)

11 Invigorating air round region (5)

12 Where lots go to join game (7,6)

14 Garden centre in northern Surrey, flourishing (7)

16 Nobleman, one meeting the Queen beforehand (7)

17 Flinches, with reference to snakes (7)

19 Sharp end (7)

20 How to handle unwanted photo opportunity? (4,3,4,2)

23 Engaged in a contest (5)

24 Caution shown as gift horse put out (9)

25 Takes over from leading exporter, initially in casual dresses (10)

26 Study prepared? Almost (4)

Down

1 In bar, señor prepared questions that are very easy to answer (2-8)

2 Ring up about first of images in colour (5)

4 Ring about name on top of yellow funnel (7)

5 One no longer working on Hebridean island (7)

6 Family is concerned about Pinter’s last play (5,8)

7 Together in the past (2,3,4)

8 Fight scheduled - end of April (4)

10 Brief man about elected premier (5,8)

13 Determined one’s position with an editor, upset having received note (10)

15 Musicians, perhaps, sway Greek publisher (4,5)

18 Appropriate bit (7)

19 Favour daughter entering English and another language (7)

21 Profligate nicking grand, the villain (5)

22 Transfer to be approved (4)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2716December 8, 2012