MISCELLANEOUS

The Hindu Crossword 7748

Across

1 Backing initially shown in the circle (9)

5 Rub off to clean (4)

8 Very important person (1,1,1)

9 Device to prevent waste (4,3)

10 Row round a river (3)

11 One with a lean and hungry look (5)

12 Toil with phone to find the white pigment (9)

13 Incited to press forward (7)

15 Pays Ed to have ovaries from female animal removed (6)

17 Repeated sound from a distance (6)

18 Renovate worn tyre (7)

21 Sweets for suckers (9)

22 What is consumed and destroyed (5)

24 Piece of wood found tied to the feet skilfully (3)

25 Go on a long rail journey (7)

26 Born of woman (3)

27 Like the fairy-tale duckling (4)

28 Neat short characters found in a corner (9)

Down

1 Improves literary matter that serves one somehow (7)

2 Snake in the grass (5)

3 Disabled persons having no weight (8)

4 Tags in beings of superhuman stature (6)

5 Chinese in character but the English have it on a plate (6,7)

6 Original model to be copied (9)

7 He is always with you in need (6)

9 Plant producing some little girls make up? (5,8)

14 Defending or having up before (9)

16 Seaside breeze (5,3)

17 Listen with due consideration to secure as helper (6)

19 Cleverly set lairs in the thickest forest (7)

20 Worthless state of things (6)

23 Got an arrangement to find a two-wheeled vehicle (5)