Solution No. 2744

Across

1 Fight fire in Bergen? (8)

5 Briefly visit doctor, at home after work (4,2)

9 10 intercepted by the French in game (8)

10 A bad-tempered over (6)

12 Impassive, one cutting incomplete pile of cards after a deal (5)

13 Without thinking, I slump lazily in one (2,7)

14 Substitute in back row (6,6)

18 Actor offering beer (cold), and stout (4,8)

21 The oldest service provider? (5,4)

23 Girl from fine Hebridean island (5)

24 Fashionable elsewhere, to some extent (2,1,3)

25 Cast a spell on the way in (8)

26 Deal with Italy, ultimately establishing alliance (6)

27 Wall hanging records experiment (8)

Down

1 Portion of mackerel -is hollandaise sauce required? (6)

2 Protect famous clown willing to participate (6)

3 Take whisky, for example, before good savoury item (6,3)

4 In a magazine, a cocktail for a man of the world (12)

6 Step right up and one may get run over (5)

7 Make a public announcement in favour of demand (8)

8 Gets gen off about Society and savings (4,4)

11 Deed Ghandi forged with an ulterior motive (6,6)

15 Little time to request Church of England to form a working party (4,5)

16 Trouble concealing blemish? Just the opposite with cosmetics (3,5)

17 Demote king’s English envoy (8)

19 American hood seen in German city, and in Paris (6)

20 Only just see under counter (6)

22 Small market, well-kept (5)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2744June 22, 2013