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Cryptic Crossword No. 25




Across

1 Second best hoot (6)
5 Rover, in search of pleasure, takes false silver back and forth (8)
9 There's not an island left (that's not based on fact) (8)
10 Frank guide (6)
11 Chummy's apt to be tight (5-7)
13 Try to get information from shoe (4)
14 Pitiful epic that failed (8)
17 Disciple with heart of gold in bloom (8)
18 Party clobber (4)
20 Hobbies should interest these hobbyists (12)
23 Expression of grief about note on sausage (6)
24 University given tribute for being elevated (8)
25 Suppress onset of laughter in unfamiliar setting (8)
26 Country infiltrated by skinhead's obsequious subordinates (3-3)
Down

2 Commander has to approve captain (4)
3 Pepsi Cola - refreshment of bishops (9)
4 Skirt worn by favourite (6)
5 Get huge pot and clear out with financial compensation (6,9)
6 Duchamp's first on a platform, initially talking shop with Hans Arp, Man Ray et al. (8)
7 Central heating on stream as an offering, perhaps (5)
8 Nice suntan all over? Most weird! (10)
12 Car was effective for one not needing instructor (10)
15 I seem prepared to hold singer responsible for missions (9)
16 In a stew, in a stew, in a stew? Good! (8)
19 Risk associated with fish shop (6)
21 Princess in Edwardian attire (5)
22 Wilder make-up unit? (4)