Solution No. 2727

Across

1 Girl having a short walk (6)

4 Knight’s weapon, auction item (8)

10 Cliché from first of prisoners given freedom (9)

11 Imitate La Bohème female beginning to cry (5)

12 Manage to score before Italian (3,2)

13 One excluded strange isle abroad (3,3,3)

14 Line in a Henry Miller novel (6,2,6)

18 Court trouble having fish cooked in hot Riviera resort (5,2,4,3)

20 Result of fine jump (9)

22 Operatic heroine not quite of sound mind (5)

23 Heading for marina in carriage, a vagrant (5)

24 A settler from abroad, I’m male with one permit (9)

25 A guiding principle on credit is shown to be misplaced (8)

26 Famous composer - Her Majesty is among supporters (6)

Down

1 Animal from mountain, a cat with no tail (6)

2 First-class crumble and pie over in restaurant (9)

3 I do it foolishly, being a fool! (5)

5 FIFA’s president, for example, is in an advantageous position (5,2,3,4)

6 Return with pardon? (4,5)

7 Member’s introduction to old dance (5)

8 Saying little, volunteers about one opportunity (8)

9 Released from nick, unfit (3,2,9)

15 One who enticed children in Dieppe with rip off? (4,5)

16 See pest rock violently on board single-decker (9)

17 Miscellaneous trades, so varied (8)

19 New stakes in French football club (6)

21 Boy is missing a Swiss coin (5)

22 Turbulent reign in African country (5)

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The Hindu Crossword no: 2727February 24, 2013