Independent 8159

ACROSS

1              Simplified house – official one’s covered in lead (6)

5              Iron tracks suitable for Skimbleshanks? (6)

8              Offerer of tips: ‘A resort will have sweetheart coming back’ (9)

9              Composer to hold attention without piano, say (5)

11           Island’s number amongst the largest, in brief (4)

12           All’s aflutter in female set with appearance of gang member (5,5)

13           Wave’s mostly inappropriate with delay (8)

15           Lightweight showing resilience after head’s zapped (5)

17           Student enthralled by French singer (exotic dish) (5)

19           Payment received after game finishes early in part of England (8)

22           Asian native behind Gulf concealing diamonds from old African country (10)

23           Coach mostly involving men (4)

25           Instruct chess body to back unknown (5)

26           Preserve horse transfixed by disease, removing tail (9)

27           Get rid of bad service in performance? Not entirely (6)

28           Inscrutable figure manipulated information about hard times (6)

DOWN

2              One writer in debt matured (7)

3              Offer a choice – e.g. in terms of frock? (4)

4              Beat up about hotel resident ignoring special bread (8)

5              Anglo-Swiss painter to join heads of Literary Institute (6)

6              Boats record cold water on sea trips (3-6)

7              Woodworking tool to look bad? Good when held by sister (4,3)

8              There’ll be uproar with metal failing here! (6,5)

10           Bird alleged gone after struggle (6,5)

14           Story about one abandoning spirited Liberal behaviour (9)

16           Article on stage performer not about missing finale in such venues (8)

18           Ultimately magical view involving connection, endless spiritual connection? (3,4)

20           On the move? Trek ending early in pub (2,5)

21           Hopelessness one encountered in a city in Alaska (6)

24           Be credible with the evidence of arson? (4)

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