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Cryptic Crossword No. 15




Across

1 Instigate frolic in gym (6)
5 Chosen people get odd mixture of gold and silver (8)
9 Old man going to youth centre with material for the people (8)
10 Plump sprite, backward and certainly not forward (6)
11 Thrilling hail storm takes former sailor outside (12)
13 North African grouse may be found here (4)
14 Most severe novelist and story teller starts (8)
17 Hiccups evidently turned back some explorer (8)
18 Florida resort without a role for a soprano (4)
20 Faculty for understanding news (12)
23 Seafood swindle requires private investigator (6)
24 In the morning wild boar is heavenly food (8)
25 Alienate sergeant in mess (8)
26 Underworld before Underground alternative (6)
Down

2 Redevelopment in old town starts civil disorder (4)
3 Spread out Parmesan, lacking an inferior cheese (9)
4 Go round tree that's meretricious (6)
5 Evangelism after converts, presenting a form of immortality (11,4)
6 Compulsory measure for about a month (8)
7 Deal with entertainment paid for by another (5)
8 Release a part? That's not generous (10)
12 Astronomer given work in nuclear reseach group is going round Cambridge University (10)
15 First anaesthetised individual - absorbing hospital drama (6,3)
16 Type of onion ring found in the promised land (8)
19 Empower leaderless men on revolutionary island (6)
21 Name of man taking part in hotel merger (5)
22 Some petunias raised by indigenous Japanese people (4)