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Cryptic Crossword No. 21




Across

8 Microscopic organisms evidently originating in part of central Asia (8)
9 A horse at sea and on land (6)
10 Island recluse is not with it (4)
11 Everyone, say, backed animal movement (10)
12 Like Hamlet and his rotten state (6)
14 Insect entangled with a net (5,3)
15 A disposable hanky under discussion (2,5)
17 Shunned revolutionary soldier not a communist (7)
20 Two-faced male doctor has external face (8)
22 Doting on gold, basically (2,4)
23 Robin and Tuck with a wild rock star (4,6)
24 Bishop has talk about talks (4)
25 Utterly nasty tribal leaders regret being false (6)
26 Times are changing for some Arab lands (8)
Down

1 Flipping Tarzan's right for title role (4,4)
2 Supporter upsetting New York players (4)
3 Quarrel with composer about second note of major scale (6)
4 Mother, close to the ground, heard playwright (7)
5 Lanky Scots go on heather (8)
6 Remove dairy produce before getting exasperated (7,3)
7 French language for British school (6)
13 Corpse isn't laid out for police officers (10)
16 Dour poet shaken and dragged out of bed? (8)
18 Upstanding French maid was first elevated (8)
19 Smart case for a tool (7)
21 One South American country ejecting Yankee reptile (6)
22 A release from the BBC? (6)
24 Tennis player gaining recognition after false starts (4)