The Sunday Hindu Crossword No. 2746 (7th July 2013) (Fillable and with solution- SOLUTION AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE)

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Across:
1.Show amusement about one as daft as a brush, say (6)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for SHOW AMUSEMENT+I for ONE)
4.Convincing Roman Catholic to admit weakness? Just the opposite (8)CHARADE (6-letter synonym for WEAKNESS+RC for ROMAN CATHOLIC)
9.Old boy stretched, in shape (6)CHARADE (OB for OLD BOY+4-letter synonym for STRETCHED
10.Nonsense written in columns exposing clowns (8)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for COLUMNS+3-letter synonym for NONSENSE)
11.Goddess seen in play (5,8)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for GODDESS+8-letter synonym for SEEN)
14.Eminent newspaper framed by the US actress, Myrna (5)CHARADE (LOY for US ACTRESS, MYRNA+FT for NEWSPAPER)
16. Sort of beer - not lagers, oddly (6,3)ANAGRAM of NOT LAGERS
17.Ivy, perhaps, always pale and sickly-looking (9)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for ALWAYS+4-letter synonym for PALE)
19.From Soho, telephone the Savoy, perhaps (5)CONTAINED INSIDE
20.Our host, hidden away, poured drinks (3,3,7)ANAGRAM of OUR HOST HIDDEN
23.Begin a journey in craft with sturdy exterior (5,3)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for STURDY+3-letter synonym for CRAFT)
24.Trumpet playing drowned by cor anglais, initially (6)CHARADE (COR+2-letter synonym for PLAYING+A for ANGLAIS INITIALLY)
25.Looks at head, uneasy in a visor (8)CHARADE+ANAGRAM (4-letter synonym for LOOKS+HEAD)
26.Sculpted figure of Nehru finally acquired by nation (6)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for NATION+U for NEHRU FINALLY)

Down:
1.End bombardment with a delicate tennis stroke (4,6)CHARADE (4-letter synonym for END+6-letter synonym for BOMBARDMENT)
2.Fruit from Middle East-large ones? Not half!(5)CHARADE (ME for MIDDLE EAST+L for LARGE+ON for ONES NOT HALF)
3.Girl soprano, Jenny, for example (7)CHARADE (LIND for JENNY+3-letter synonym for FOR EXAMPLE)
5. Peace offering from bachelor in 7 around 5 (5,6)Cannot explain, but guessed the answer
6.A Romany leader entering Irish county in a mobile home (7)CHARADE (CAVAN for IRISH COUNTY+A R for A ROMANY LEADER)
7.Outspoken actors in show (9)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for OUTSPOKEN+4-letter synonym for ACTORS)
8.Bridge player, poorest having lost pounds (4)CHARADE+DELETION (5-letter synonym for POOREST from which L for POUNDS is deleted)
12.Dog's plus point husband discovered during spring (6,5)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for SPRING+5-letter synonym for PLUS POINT+H for HUSBAND)
13.Property not supposed to be taken to car (4,6)CHARADE (4-letter synonym for NOT SUPPOSED+6-letter name of a CAR)
15.Pick up food for bird (9)Not solved
18.Attempt, with wife, to share expenses equally (2,5)CHARADE (GO for ATTEMPT. Cannot explain second part)
19.Spend time relaxing in lodge (4,3)DOUBLE DEFINITION
21.Worried about vessel (1-4)ANAGRAM of ABOUT
22.Man, perhaps, in his Levi's (4)CONTAINED INSIDE
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SOLUTION- ACROSS - 1. S-I-MILE 4. FO-RC-IBLE 9. OB-LONG 10. PIER-ROT-S 11. VENUS OBSERVED 14. LO-FT-Y 16. STRONG ALE 17. EVER-GREEN 19. HOTEL 20. DID THE HONOURS 23. ST-ART OUT 24. COR-ON-A 25. EYES-HADE 26. STAT-U-E
DOWN - 1. STOP VOLLEY 2. ME-L-ON 3. LIND-SAY (with Google's help) 5. OLIVE BRANCH 6. C-AR-AVAN (with Google's help) 7. BROAD-CAST 8.EAST 12. B-ASSET H-OUND 13. REAL ESTATE 18. GO DUTCH 19. HANG OUT 21. U-BOAT 22. ISLE