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Cryptic Crossword No. 27




Across

8. Suffering on top of lonesome pine (8)
9. Galvanised iron core, second-hand (6)
10. Isle in south-east Kentucky (4)
11. Mouth-watering mixture of oils in a vat (10)
12. Immature beast's quite content (6)
14. Trouble with sailors taking in grand decking (8)
15. Sausage from Spain, Switzerland or Italy (about an ounce) (7)
17. Surprise about German connection (7)
20. Don's role - translating a dead language (3,5)
22. Distant cardinal, out of tune (3-3)
23. Gentle goddess in jeopardy on the fringe (10)
24. Art going to droop? (4)
25. What examinees do between home and university is not out of place (2,4)
26. Talk about 22 down? (8)
Down

1. Sponsor heading north saw hammerhead in receding waves (8)
2. The game's up - sappers have exposed monster (4)
3. Puzzle about a "Dances with Wolves" debut? (6)
4. Letter from Greece with spare from South America (7)
5. Prior: clergyman in devout environment (8)
6. Daunting postponement (7,3)
7. America's first female attorney general - extremely well-known celebrity (6)
13. Complaint making poor girl stay in (10)
16. Love and honour - not on time for action (4,4)
18. Gratuitous indicators on top of screen (8)
19. Doctor with duck in mountain stream reveals what is fundamental (7)
21. Kylie in Sydney harbour stays in bed (3-3)
22. One has grasped nothing about being connected to the network (6)
24. Christopher's back in novel about architect (4)