MISCELLANEOUS

The Hindu Crossword 8338

Across

1 Conservative bid by beastly mother for watertight structure in construction (9)

5 The team daughter supported (5)

8 In despair I go urging some strictness (6)

9 Worker gets direction and time to be earlier (8)

11 Vegetable, half all right (4)

12 A pop singer's distracted by music makers in church perhaps (5,5)

14 Be leaving illegal bar with a gleam (5)

15 At home the girl's appeal is to get property... (7)

16 ... in delusive babyhood (7)

17 Wild dog making a racket — leave (5)

19 Insincere support for IPC: servile nonsense (3,7)

20 Landowner, no end, in lion's den (4)

22 Warning about bad lager containing metal (8)

23 The element of a popular match in totality (6)

24 Priest's vestment of old, giving record cover for head with one ring out (5)

25 Dome, English variety, is a perfect specimen (9)

Down

1 Copy of a part of a tramcar bonnet (6)

2 Numbers of spoken words — metaphors and so on (7,2,6)

3 Creatures in the east must be docked (4)

4 The Diplomatic Corps in the U.K. got involved with new drama: "Asian Bird" (8,4)

5 Knot made with a meek person's coil of rope (10)

6 A combination of Jekyll and Hyde? (4,11)

7 Such eyes as those of a devious group (4-3)

10 Mysterious, nasty larva in a part of Romania (12)

13 In undershirt, concealed in grass, ploughed (the money) back in for profit (10)

16 Sick notes get notoriety (3-4)

18 Weight of Greek upset Austen girl (6)

21 Twenty failing to start in the centre (4)

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