h3>Cryptic Crossword - Economic Times Bangalore (7685 of 03-04-2020) - Fillable and with solution

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Across:
1 Tense writer's key leisure pursuit (7)
5 Englishman in Mexico's going mad about king (6)
9 Most spruce trees oddly block old cattle (7)
10 Pen in French bar (7)
11 Fish left out in cold (3)
12 Twice one avoids disqualifying wrong group of police (6,5)
13 Shock a Scandinavian on way back (5)
14 One’s in Botswana working for naval officer (9)
16 Colonel leaves hot chocolate, sadly suffering this? (9)
17 A drunkard devours cold course (5)
19 Why leave gun out for novelist? (6,5)
22 Employ Aussies every so often (3)
23 Rustic European lives in middle of little spinney (7)
24 Annual check into legal document downgraded (7)
26 Rod’s right to pursue invader once (6)
27 Guilty feeling concerning detective (7)

Down:
1 Secretary rings an excellent service for wonder drug (7)
2 Fail to keep appointment with a demonic new entertainer (5-2,8)
3 Decorate rocks (3)
4 Posh people don’t start record (5)
5 Crack appears in writer Graham’s fruit tree (9)
6 South Americans once overrun by Spain (Castile) (5)
7 Group of stars prepare local Ulster grub (8,7)
8 Introduction at the start? Not quite (4-2)
12 Nick’s part of Heathcliff withdrawn (5)
14 Sponsor conserving Thai temple’s peaceful place (9)
15 Occasionally some trees disintegrate (5)
16 Go round to polish off agreement (6)
18 It operates old sewing machine altered after repairs (7)
20 Collar large country bumpkin (5)
21 Bound by foreign articles (5)
25 Quiet dam (3)
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