The Sunday Hindu Crossword No. 2738 (12th May 2013) (Fillable and with hints and solution- SOLUTION AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE)

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1.Outstanding performer, kind to imitate(5,3)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for KIND+3-letter synonym for IMITATE)
5.Cavalryman caught in country road close to Sedgemoor(6)CHARADE (4-letter synonym for COUNTRY ROAD+C for CAUGHT+R for CLOSE TO SEDGEMOOR)
9.Left to choice in platoon, I suspect(8ANAGRAM of PLATOON I
10.Temple of a deity in Pennsylvania(6)CHARADE (PA for PENNSYLVANIA+A+3-letter synonym for DEITY)
11.Urgency shown by the man crossing a street(5)CHARADE (HE for MAN+A ST for A STREET)
12.Awfully mean celebrities - say who they are(4,5)ANAGRAM+CHARADE (MEAN+5-letter synonym for CELEBRITIES)
14.Mavericks may make no charge for gins, vodkas, etc.(4,7)CHARADE (4-letter synonym for NO CHARGE+7-letter synonym for GINS,VODKAS ETC.)
18.London home of detective in song?(5,6)DOUBLE DEFINITION (where did Sherlock Holmes live?)
21.Four-letter word used by girl upset about closure of restaurant(9)CHARADE+REVERSAL (8-letter name of a GIRL which is reversed+T for CLOSURE OF RESTAURANT)
23.Cheese made by pair back in Georgia(5)CHARADE (GA for GEORGIA+3-letter synonym for PAIR)
24.Grease gear in drilling installation(3,3)CHARADE (3-letter synonym for GREASE+3-letter synonym for GEAR)
25.Aim to provoke compromise(8STRAIGHT CLUE
26.Endure sister, drunk(6)ANAGRAM of SISTER
27.Along with a very fashionable person, meets a head of state(2,4,2)CHARADE (A+5-letter synonym for A VERY FASHIONABLE PERSON+A+S for HEAD OF STATE)

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1.A hat, something for the gardener outdoors?(6)Not solved
2.Painter displaying unusual traits(6ANAGRAM of TRAITS
3.Track about boy with female, romantically attached(6,3)CHARADE (5-letter synonym for TRACK+3-letter name of a BOY+F for FEMALE)
4.What may arrive in the post from Manx chap, in character(5,6)CHARADE (CHAIN for MANX CHAP+6-letter synonym for POST)
6.Military commander, elected once more(5)CHARADE (3-letter synonym for MILITRY COMMANDER+IN for ELECTED)
7.Chinese-style dish, food had by me at home(4,4)CHARADE (4-letter name of a fOOD+ME+IN for AT HOME)
8.Make another appraisal concerning fools on top of statue(8)CHARADE (RE for ANOTHER+5-letter synonym for FOOLS+S for TOP OF STATUE)
13.Teacher resents planners(11)CHARADE (6-letter synonym for TEACHER+5-letter synonym for RESENTS)
15.Join unfortunate gent coming in hopping mad(9)CHARADE+ANAGRAM (5-letter synonym for MAD+GENT)
16.A racket rising, rising in slaughterhouse(8)CHARADE+REVERSAL ( A BAT for A RACKET+4-letter synonym for RISING which is reversed)
17.Hoax the French about time for game(8)CHARADE (4-letter synonym for HOAX+T for TIME+LES for THE FRENCH)
19.Caddy initially glued broken club(6)CHARADE+ANAGRAM (C for CADDY INITIALLY+GLUED)
20.A doctor tucking into mother's curry(6)CHARADE (MAS for MOTHERS+A DR for A DOCTOR (chennai))
22.Sign of tooth decay, canine needing to be extracted(5)CHARADE+DELETION (6-letter synonym for TOOTH DECAY from which C for CANINE is deleted)
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Created at 8.30 hrs IST on 12-05-2013

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SOLUTION- ACROSS 1. CLASS ACT 5. LAN-C-E-R 9. OPTIONAL 10. P-A-GOD-A 11. H-A-ST-E 12. NAME NAMES 14. FREE SPIRITS 18. BAKER STREET 21. TE-T-RAGRAM 23. G-OUD-A 24. OIL RIG 25. END-ANGER 26. RESIST 27. A-S WELL A-S
DOWN - 1. Not solved 2. ARTIST 3. SPO-KEN F-OR 4. CHAIN LETTER 6. AGA-IN 7. CHOW ME-IN 8. RE-ASSES-S 13. MASTER-MINDS 15. I-NTEG-RATE 16. A-BAT-TOIR 17. SKIT-T-LES 20. M-A-DR-AS 22. ARIES