Independent 3767

I plunged my hand into the 1998 pile and landed not only on a Friday the thirteenth but a puzzle with a fairly blatant Nina (just read the clues and see the number of times a particular entry is referenced).  Because of the perhaps less than common nature of some of the entries, there are more anagrams than usual.

ACROSS

7              Girl left off the record (4)

8              Book an appointment with union official? (4,3,3)

10           13 is blue and is upset (8)

11           13 relies on variation (6)

12           13’s name given to another 13 (6)

13           Writer taking care of opening of murder mystery? (8)

15           Working decent scanner shows superlative quality (13)

18           13 agitated butchers (8)

20           Put down protest with last elements of riot police (6)

22           Assistance given to the Spanish 13 (6)

24           13’s station (8)

25           13 beginning to panic on crumbling ice-hill (10)

26           Notice a male 13 (4)

DOWN

1              Treating infection involves escapade around start of month (10)

2              13 about to be put into pot (6)

3              Old people, hill-dwellers (found around North Carolina, that is) (8)

4              Burn runs into a different form of water (6)

5              Most of the players dally? It’ll create a stir in the cup (8)

6              13 bars? (4)

9              A number of concerts – five disseminated with simulcast (5,8)

14           Vote over two US states capable of providing a shock? (10)

16           Channel with current content superior to another’s? (8)

17           Performed, I see, as a teacher? (8)

19           Temptation for the faster? Church’s set up retreat (6)

21           Second gold ring handed over for money (6)

23           Excited with a success? Good (4)

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