No.23 March 2017

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For all the answers of length (5-5) – the definition part of the clue applies to the whole answer; the rest only applies to the first half, from which the second half may be deduced.

Across
1 See 1 Down
3 For starters, ban tip as too lacking in extremes (9)
8 Higher payment Jagger asked of a grammatical unit (9)
10/7 Not how this sort of person would pronounce “high tea” (5-5)
12 See 9 Down
13 Stain solver used for emphasis? (4,3)
15 See 20
16 Crack paper upturns (9)
18 Fog arises, obscuring bird of prey (9)
20/15 Corny flavour (5-5)
21 Jabs six-footer with hockey stick for a second, gaining a second (7)
23 See 20 Down
25/22 Diddley pursuing ma? Nonsense! (5-5)
26 Acknowledgment of promotion to assignment (9)
27 Bond’s bird? (9)
28 Crazy over knockout (4)
Down
1/1A Note Marty artlessly raves about predatory insects (4,4)
2 Tollgates send fish back (9)
4/23 Wishy-washy beside chap rising first (5-5)
5 Bother, engaged! (9)
6 Desiring a tailored T-shirt (7)
7 See 10 Across
9/12 Blow this monkey business! (5-5)
11 What freedom of speech lets you have – constant valediction (5,3)
14 Maxim A. Proshim, criminal (8)
16 Chief Petty Officer Higgs, say? (9)
17 Create undergarment using what’s available? (9)
19 I’d follow the successor of Ipso? That’s a common misconception (7)
20/23A O, such rampant jiggery-pokery! (5-5)
22 See 25 Across
23 See 4
24 Article about we don’t know who (4)

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