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Cryptic Crossword 31 by Cincinnus


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Across

Leave old coin outside as reward (8)
Introduction of metal - iron exterior (4-2)
Musical instrument? Ravel holds right one (8)
10 A part of the dell is somewhat willowy (6)
11 Having rocking chairs brought in before noon is a thing of the past (8)
12 Protection required primarily in love affair (6)
14 Unconventional direction for Laurel and Hardy film (3,3,4)
18 Royal island always full of fun (3,7)
22 African getting short weight in pub (6)
23 Commotion around globe, followed by universal laughter (8)
24 Cantankerous characters in Reno crossed line (6)
25 Like Cleopatra, say, Antony's ending in apt fashion (8)
26 Great Persian king about to have sex-change (6)
27 Enterprise, perhaps, making celebs groovy (8)

Down

Despicable person to beat with cane (6)
Athenian carpenter requiring fruit (6)
Maiden seduced by Zeus turning in with an ancient Greek (6)
A meal's been cooked by sailors (4,6)
Go to live abroad for good in Middle East state (8)
Find half-written scores in Verdi collection (8)
Able to calculate true mean deviation (8)
13 Straight river, OK? (10)
15 Ancient city in Texas or New York borough (3,5)
16 Anita takes bear to northern conference centre (8)
17 Light-hearted accountant and heartless arbitrator (8)
19 Unusually large part of car (6)
20 Liberal whip going about six ... (6)
21 ... whip taking nightgown and pyjamas initially for a snooze (6)