The Sunday Hindu Crossword No. 2778 (16th February 2014) (Fillable and with hints and solution- SOLUTION AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE (For solution, click here)

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Across: (For solution, click here)
1.One excluded old theologian connected with a Mount, oddly (3,3,3)
8.One held captive round Mount after end of speech (7)
10.Personal assistant's to take home one Christmas cake (9)
11.Rushes jobs (7)
12.High, the Parisian church tower with spire (7)
13.Saw ghost floating across rear of theatre in pantomime? (5,4)
15.One involved in pantomime turn again? (4,11)
17.Checks in chess? Aunt confused (9)
20.Hypocrisy at a choral work (7)
22.A soldier shown round small house of a native American (7)Not solved
23.Instrument, unusual in one regard (4,5)
24.University stopping dissertations in ancient Greek (7)
25.Previously ending in Alsace, then Lorraine, strangely (7,2)

Down: (For solution, click here)
1.Short operation on model's face (6)
2.Fellow on essential Nativity play animal? (6)
3.Behave in a troublesome way at college after play (3,2)
4.Shoehorning hose away in an attitude of smug superiority (2,4,4,5)
5.No one's about to chastise unstable Catholic king in play (3,5,2,5)
6.Object from cracker daily found on hearth, oddly (5,3)
7.Swing he composed, with bit of ragtime thrown in? (8)
9.Social worker after cloth, one with stripes (8)
14.Ballet in middle of Christmas week, an excess (4,4)
15.Revulsion shown by DI, say, about latest of assaults (8)
16.Hears a CD prepared for Christmas party game? (8)
18.Fixture in stable causing male irritation (6)
19. Priest reportedly shot playing billiards (6)
21.Girl I lament over (5)
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Created at 09.00 hrs IST on 16th February 2014

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SOLUTION - Across - 1 O-DD MAN OUT 8 H-O-STAGE 10 PA-NETT-ONE 11 CAREERS 12 STEEP-LE 13 STAG-E -SHOW 15 DICK WHITTINGTON (Dick Whittington and his cat was one of the earliest pantomime shows - Google) ) 17 STAUNCHES 20 CANT-AT-A 22 Not solved 23 REED ORGAN 24 THESE-U-S 25 E-ARLIER ON Down - 1 OP-POSE 2 DON-KEY 3 ACT UP 4 ON ONES HIGH HORSE 5 THE COAST IS CLEAR 6 PAPER HAT 7 GE-R-SHWIN 9 SERGE-ANT 14 SWAN LAKE 15 DI-STA-S-TE 16 CHARADES 18 M-ANGER 19 CANNON 21 NAOM-I