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Accross

1 Stop Kennedy, say, turning to embrace sibling (6)

4 Standard cold (8)

9 Retaliate for using English during reception in Rome (6)

10 Exchange messages for ones that aren’t explicit (8)

12 Total sales of pastry? (8)

13 Assailant in crooked spire stuck with unfavourable aspect (6)

15 Criminal held – gather it is not serious (5-7)

18 Someone who welcomes party initially (12)

21 Allegedly receive report concerning this (6)

22 At home, journalist starts to itch but lameness eases off (8)

24 Inviting rumour of abundant debts (8)

25 Surrealists, for instance, latch on to absurd material (6)

26 Douglas’ pets? (4,4)

27 Take charge of guillotine? (6)

Down

1 Isolated drastic enlargement of the heart (8)

2 Become angry after beginning to show support for basic, old accommodation (8)

3 One of twelve emblems used by Ford? (4,2,3,6)

5 Recommend time away (4)

6 Teen doubly confused about wholehearted agreement (7,8)

7 Politicians claiming to begin with inciting xenophobic Union led to mistakes (3-3)

8 Alternative holiday venue (6)

11 Hand over both sides of evidence to middleman (7)

14 Parent wants a new time to look after kid (7)

16 Pay out resulting from new user’s bid (8)

17 Returning sweets caused concern (8)

19 Empty showroom assumes aura of peace (6)

20 Mâori song features prayer (6) 23 The least viable leader of Tories supports work (4)