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Cryptic Crossword No. 20




Across

1 Students about to make a mistake (4,2)
5 Hot peas dished out by small cafés (3,5)
9 Prime minister, democratic leader, country's first person (8)
10 Something curious - fish crosses river with it (6)
11 Actual site for a new allotment (12)
13 Infant born in a tree (4)
14 Skilful story book editor (8)
17 Friend left in front of shopping complex in the heart of London's clubland (4,4)
18 A famous inventor was always testing technological introductions (4)
20 Thirteen pass out hereabouts (2,5,5)
23 Verdi opera, say, before and after orchestral overture (6)
24 Fine gentlemen annoy social workers (8)
25 Old instrument designed for rest and play (8)
26 Empty space in French cars (6)
Down

2 Type of paper placed face up (4)
3 Representation of beam in doorway (9)
4 Less experienced coppers turned up before the outbreak of hostilities (3-3)
5 Turning to get light lit, I spy child's toe (4,6,5)
6 King George I taking a drink out for a governor of Britain (8)
7 Wooded hillock forming part of Arthur's territory (5)
8 Executed cherub hated being bad (3,2,5)
12 Ancient, as a setting for old people (10)
15 Innovative form of air transport - and where the Guardian may be bought (4-5)
16 Boys are very fond of southernwood (4,4)
19 Father is holding learners responsible for unnecessary embellishments (6)
21 Lawful food Arab leader brought into college dining room (5)
22 Rock and roll fanatics (4)