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Cryptic Crossword No. 38




Across

Game F1 driver (6)
Encouraging remark made by Hannibal initially in Carthaginian retreat (4,2)
Opposed to sloth around midwinter (4)
10 Flexible ape or rigid rodent (7,3)
11 Start givin' up? (4,2)
12 Regular issue, and good service (8)
13 A singer can use the arrangement (9)
15 Use gentle persuasion - providing drinks, by the sound of it (4)
16 What attracts bishop? Getting introduction to actress with sex appeal? (4)
17 Arctic prison for Spooner's dance (9)
21 Head may be head of fox or antelope (8)
22 Precision in Germanic etymology (6)
24 Discombobulated acid-head means to join cast (6,4)
25 Wise men from Michigan collecting silver (4)
26 Bent back in response to stimulus (6)
27 On the borders of Zimbabwe there's many a fanatic (6)
Down

Pinter play set on top of hill in Cumbria (7)
Living like a bat out of hell? (5)
Stretch or break up in river (7)
He made a bloody discovery before Wallbanger (6)
A physicist and his Nobel work on source of radiation (5,4)
Rara avis in Arizona? (7)
Film about alien shown in naval vessel that's out of action (9,4)
14 Stage direction sounds bad (6,3)
16 Monk getting Russian leader into trouble? (7)
18 Old photograph - snap of tiny pet (7)
19 Strait-laced university proctor started getting drunk (7)
20 Indian putting hand on knee (not head) (6)
23 Beast found in Cornish river (5)