Solution No. 2750

Across

1 Amazing acrostic about a country (5,4)

6 Bitter note (5)

9 Regular time for episode (5)

10 Actor, terrible at reading (9)

11 Defiant remark from habitual drunkard present (2,5)

12 Speaker at rear of lady chapel (7)

13 Queen attending stage play (8,7)

15 It bore forbidden fruit - in legend, fewer took bananas (4,2,9)

18 Elected barrister to sum up (2,5)

20 Manipulates western points of view (7)

22 French chemist varies oil output (9)

23 Writer about to leave house (5)

24 Clergyman caught on immediately (5)

25 Heels were broken in another place (9)

Down

1 Game show (5)

2 Show place sect rebuilt (9)

3 Fashion trade company’s style of interior design (3,4)

4 Banged up often, I’m close to parole, and not a moment too soon (2,3,4,2,4)

5 Not knowing what to say, unable to go at Scrabble? (2,1,4,3,5)

6 Composer from Wales met an arranger (7)

7 I start to support a married friend (5)

8 Girl, possibly ten, describing a type of poker (5,4)

13 Uncommonly civil about threesome, or biting (9)

14 No decline, unfortunately, in laziness (9)

16 Work in one, on view (7)

17 Weapon made from pine - hollow base missing (7)

19 Labour statesman getting head round onset of violence (5)

21 Vexed about contralto’s first record (5)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2750August 3, 2013