Across

1 Outspoken, shocking court (6)

4 Cronies upset about a storyline (8)

9 Spherical barrel in Capone’s gun (6)

10 Exploits lad rated silly, at first (6,2)

12 I haven’t, by inference, being a Russian leader (4,3,8)

13 Fresh information about being imprisoned (5)

14 Character on form, one worthy of imitation (4,5)

17 Disturbed now and then, about to film (2,3,4)

19 Girl Irish boy knocked over (5)

21 Sign on lawn — Don’t Smoke Cannabis (4,3,3,5)

23 Stair repaired with effort and great skill (8)

24 Drawing round university graduate revealing injury (6)

25 Knocking back endless wine is ominous (8)

26 Comment about stain (6)

Down

1 Slipping up, gathering after duke’s heroic action (7-2)

2 Competitive struggle in desert heat (3,4)

3 Lady Chatterley, say, may be against position (9)

5 React badly over girl’s free hand (5,7)

6 Floor of drain in need of repair (5)

7 Pretty young woman stood up by friend (7)

8 Wild animal needing power to make sudden swoop (5)

11 Comic bare for short comedy play (7,5)

15 Mine eager, working in zoo (9)

16 Dealing with one may generate a lot of interest (4,5)

18 City in northern Italy with name of American one (7)

20 Daughter Laura raving about chapter in novel (7)

21 Poet buried in Stoke, at Shelton (5)

22 Love unaltered fertile spot (5)

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The Hindu Crossword No. 2774January 18, 2014