MISCELLANEOUS

The Hindu Crossword 9412

Gridman

Across

 1 It’s sweet to recline and take one shot of alcohol (8)

 5 A fellow rebuilding hers from scratch (6)

 9 Lock with a spring in it? (7)

10 Good words in French (3,4)

11 Say whatever you’ve on your mind! (4,3,2)

12 Roll after second push (5)

13 Forwarded a foreign coin, reportedly (4)

14 Stop corruption of purer tint (9)

17 Thief sang after breaking bank depository (5,4)

19 Zulu regiment in scrimpiest outfit (4)

23 Talks excitedly about heading off warriors (5)

24 Tending to exalt by making someone a knight (9)

25 Oil mixed in cold, gelatinous substance (7)

26 Arise from having the call-back to tea bungled up (7)

27 Unruffled though teased badly (6)

28 Fools coming before single alternative judge (8)

Down

 1 One who writes words for the songs (8)

 2 Nothing put up to Yemen’s uninitiated electricians (7)

 3 Not obtained properly, present is withdrawn by ace and a couple of learners (3-3)

 4 Delirious, for foe has outdone in reformation (3,2,4,4)

 6 Openings show aster blooming beyond the bog (8)

 7 Outing by the self? (3-4)

 8 Has half a score in race (6)

10 They can’t be trusted to hold something (13)

15 Act of terminating gradually has Oriental in a grimace (5-3)

16 Shakespearean character smothering regal kin (4,4)

18 Someone who is ill and ridiculously vain, getting cover (7)

20 Fellow’s about to help playgrounds in India (7)

21 Supports Bihar’s top tribes (6)

22 Boy trapped in a lounge on fire (6)

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