Independent 3807

This appeared on the last day of 1998, though it doesn’t have a specific New Year theme.  People who know my likes and dislikes will find a reference to an event in 1998, however.

ACROSS

7              Pupil taking in convict for protection (8)

9              Collection of tablets elates Dicky (6)

10           Bars much-hyped bridge partners (4)

11           Sailor Bill embraced by brothel-keeper? It’s what goes on over the way! (10)

12           Tell otherwise if leading to conclusion of testimony (6)

14           I obtain one sneakily from the outset (2,6)

15           Tempt one learning trade to ignore first four items (6)

17           Gives a meaning to numberless challenges (6)

20           Rather thin greeting given to US President? That’s about right (8)

22           Glass container with hole – shock! (6)

23           Carefree holiday island with plenty skipping work (10)

24           Nest’s uninteresting without first of eggs (4)

25           Writing s-statement of belief (6)

26           One’s against me backing operatic song or religious song (3,5)

DOWN

1              Plant responding to sun – no result in a storm (8)

2              Crucial crosswords finally give solutions (4)

3              Some primitive art (hysterically crude) (6)

4              Convert that is clutching decorated missal (8)

5              Taking pessimistic view of time-saving possibly (10)

6              Note about a regulation in African nation (6)

8              A piano’s inferior to noble feature of organ (6)

13           Be trendier, unconventional – choose an exotic mate! (10)

16           Meet company with sort of knowledge not generally available, we hear (8)

18           Fish in flustered dive swallowed by marine creature (3-5)

19           Opera hat? (6)

21           An accomplished old disrupter of governments (6)

22           Funny man, a good one, into mockery (6)

24           Some made a fortune ignoring the words of others (4)

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