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Cryptic Crossword No. 30




Across

1 A Farewell to Arms of Morpheus? (3-3)
5 Hear a couple of stories and have a drink (5,3)
9 A biscuit or a half roll dunked in burgundy (8)
10 Erotic, like a Turkish bath? (6)
11 Take a deep breath before walking on - it's a skill acquired by musicians (5-7)
13 Los Angeles hosts 2 contracted stars (4)
14 One who represents us (in Havana?) when doctor is captured in battle in Sudan (8)
17 God holding ruler responsible for means of identification (8)
18 Unprepossessing, loathly, extremely unpleasant (4)
20 Major advance after interval is over (12)
23 A river between lakes and bay (6)
24 A short short distance and a long distance combined (2,6)
25 Roman, for example, with kind expression (8)
26 Just so in a film (6)
Down

2 You are not finished in time (4)
3 Bank least prepared for high growth (9)
4 One hug should be sufficient (6)
5 Pension contribution extended by dilatory minister (6,2,7)
6 Have a regular date, do stage production at the end of July (2,6)
7 Material that's precious, found with diamonds (5)
8 The French people submit - it's awful (10)
12 A missing London woman is musical (2,4,4)
15 Ill-mannered actors get plastered (9)
16 Initially laboratory imported aerosols after scientist missed mist in Asia Minor (8)
19 Stop going north and south (4,2)
21 Characters in a pea-green boat go together (5)
22 Injury caused by fire or running water (4)