Across

1 Gas let off by a politician (8)

5 A plank on a yacht maybe (6)

10 Month in America below zero (5)

11 Poverty’s end is seen in reform (9)

12 Excite them with incredible nursery rhyme (5,5,4)

14 Tar at sea with sail and ropes (7)

15 Quite a few cut off by a lake (7)

17 Order to desist, so visit cancelled (4,3)

19 Choice of words found in short stories beginning differently (7)

21 Fictional lawyer and policeman row pointing to boundary (5-5,4)

24 Playing air twice (short tune), ‘Land of Hope . . .’ (9)

25 Stroll back, then head off (5)

26 Notice, on inlet, a large number of ships (6)

27 Clergyman never terribly overdrawn? (8)

Down

1 Celebrity in stage musical (4)

2 Hacienda owner sprinted and caught the woman (7)

3 Criminal element mostly after speed abroad (9)

4 Dog fends tribesman off (4,4,6)

6 Screen idol, at the end, crashing bore (5)

7 A row about the Spanish studio (7)

8 Send in lady to reform theme park (10)

9 Son was sent up by barrister, one provoking debate (6,8)

13 Miserable girl in police van (5,5)

16 Be unsteady, unwell during leave (9)

18 Odd having passionate desire over a period of five years (7)

20 Soldier taken over impressive base (7)

22 Well-known record, Donovan’s first (5)

23 Guide boy round centre of Amsterdam (4)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2723January 26, 2013