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No. 696 by Cyclops
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Across
1 Killer arse almost on pop star (7)
5 Female hack (Times)
gets legal reparation (7)
9 Was a stool pigeon taking in Latin jargon? (5)
10 Labour plays a big role in this enmity – 'rat' abandoned (9)
11 In erect state, with tool-holder? Get stuffing etc! (9)
12 Nosey, flighty body, getting large (5)
13 Conservative leader elected to interrupt holiday (it involves penetration)
(11)
18 Television S & M – everyone needs protection (5,6)
21 A country's leader, shit, losing power – capital! (5)
23 Weird climber becomes a smuggler (3-6)
25 Boris just started on downfall – gesture "Great idea!" (9)
26 Board manoeuvres – the likes of Fergie deprived of dues (5)
27 Certain sort of walk from sweet innocent type, before the shakes (7)
28 Boris finally about to get car showing pieces of Latin script? (7)

Down
1 Cuba's questioning taking in European ethnic group (6)
2 Naff attempt to hug tree (6)
3 VIP status? Pissed and flush! (4-5)
4 Forward's "blinking fast sex" (5)
5 Discourage Cyclops's resolve (9)
6 Male alternative working for dimwit (5)
7 Disputed election successes given support (8)
8 Make out with smooth, high-flying intelligence operator (8)
14 Some prick with the end of a joint, not welcome in the kitchen (9)
15 One new, lightweight, er ... bloke on TV? (9)
16 City in which Cyclops has nuts 'lab-modified' (8)
17 Make an assertion: "I went all the way"? (3,5)
19 Reveal big organisation's cover-up (6)
20 Chinese reactionary leaders leading double lives, a dire situation (6)
22 Musical princess grabbing Iggy's top (5)
24 Foxhunt events look to be backward – time to intervene (5)


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