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The Hindu Crossword No. 2549

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Across

1 Famous Russian ballerina snubbed (6)

4 A titled lady penning plot for novel (4,4)

9 List of charges resulting from quarrel about a rook! (6)

10 Make good stock abroad (5,3)

12 Film pub champion (5,4)

13 Nothing charged for fruit (5)

14 Singer’s bar number, by Otis Redding originally (12)

18 A tart? Not this bride’s attendant, surely! (4,2,6)

21 Ring any number in region (5)

22 Mend set eccentric American brought in? I can’t avoid doing it (5,4)

24 Tea, good, about to be gathered in before the usual time (4,4)

25 Girl full of sex appeal (6)

26 Small tree is close to oak by river (8)

27 Attempt to surround target with it (6)

Down

1 TV programme showing trophy presented to chess player (3,5)

2 Girl on sea trip reportedly leaving Mexican port (8)

3 Refuse pound to support old king (5)

5 Act with reluctance in Grease, often worried after touch of dissent (4,4,4)

6 Famous Venetian taking bow in second game (5,4)

7 Amorous Italian has broken heart, is upset (6)

8 Respect eastern power in speech (6)

11 Chorus girls under bright lights (5,7)

15 Battle flag a tar at sea raised, initially (9)

16 Way out of compound (8)

17 Composer we hear, unknown in French region (8)

19 Special ability revealed in story (NT) (6)

20 Embarrassed over odd Aintree winner (3,3)

23 Hunt through scrub (5)

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