Cryptic crossword No 27,504

  • 1

    Old friends taking care of modern miss, including minister (9)

  • 6

    Senior officer taking academic stream in philosopher William’s place (5)

  • 9

    Getting new gear? Sports official has it (5)

  • 10

    Hills not unusually having bird sounds around (9)

  • 11

    A party in difficulty (3)

  • 12

    Trees found by prince in a foreign country (11)

  • 14

    Incident is placed on record — lines of celebration? (7)

  • 15

    Rubbish blocking entrance — nasty bit of wire? (7)

  • 16

    Throw husband out — ancient fellow whose wife has cheated (7)

  • 19

    Disciple following evangelist, a man of many words (7)

  • 22

    Naughty act of sexpot, seen retrospectively (2,4,5)

  • 23

    Boxer went down, with time running out (3)

  • 24

    Maiden featured in special birthday poem (9)

  • 26

    Surprise article, something you may get lost in ? (5)

  • 27

    Little women, never disheartened, about to begin again (5)

  • 28

    State number being brought to head, having taken drug repeatedly (9)

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