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ACROSS

8              15a, jolly engrossed in exploit (6)

9              15a, beginning to help a blind poet (8)

10           Hot women not involved in cheating? (8)

11           Tall, thin crew likely to lose heart (6)

12           15a in complex manoeuvre not about three notes (3,7)

14           Liberal attitude in hideout (4)

15           One covering same topic I encountered in fellow scientist (13)

18           15a occupying coven now (4)

19           15a involved in trophy sage (10)

22           Show extended epic that’s lacking external features (6)

23           Fruit and water visible in small ornament (8)

24           15a to delay coverage (8)

25           15a’s new direction? Not new (6)

DOWN

1              Sheep observed during summer in Otago (6)

2              Reduced shock regarding online retailer (6)

3              Lecturer shunning freedom, retaining tense stance (8)

4              Henry’s throttled by Yank hooligan (4)

5              I will get information about second girl (6)

6              Left path has poor climbing in Welsh town (8)

7              Regarding library? Chap lacking resources is going round one (8)

13           Look for a comedian when going around America (5)

15           Rich man came to be unhinged, the reverse of rational (8)

16           Sunbeds, say, not very evident in African city (8)

17           Reagan involved with it? (8)

19           Past metal with a surface effect (6)

20           Limits to other rare rotatory planetary model (6)

21           Appearance of sun offering no initial shade (6)

23           Insect foremost in Everglades, in Florida (4)

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