#2 - 04 Nov 2014 - by Cyborg

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Across

  • 8 Frightened to help after RAF operation (6)
  • 9 Dead animals shake a kid into spin (8)
  • 10 It covers messy swirls (8)
  • 11 Primitive gas detector is able to change, lowering volume (6)
  • 12 Party crowd of upper class into peyote, perhaps, dropping tabs at first (6)
  • 13 Solo operator's verbal promise of money transfer in return (4,4)
  • 15 Fellow foster children are timid types (7)
  • 17 Bikes take work to replace rear brake - one has poor depth perception? (7)
  • 20 Plane works - about time to push off (8)
  • 22 Cut to shape and glue it again (6)
  • 23 Original university mission needs no saint (6)
  • 25 Lacking leadership, unattractive company acquires general store for boost of energy (8)
  • 26 Campaigning requires a visit to break with calm exterior (8)
  • 27 Hole near top of lens cover (6)

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  • 1 Take two beginners from Afghanistan for gateaux, toffees, ice cream and coffee (8)
  • 2 Good worker has skill to stifle sound of annoyance for project management tool (5,5)
  • 3 Changes around copyright rules (6)
  • 4 Spiking temperature converted to kelvin, hastily (7)
  • 5 Use clay for novice's first shot to build skill with hunting birds (8)
  • 6 Hide ball of string, leaving loose end out (4)
  • 7 Arranging for all manner of arrangements? (6)
  • 14 Little whelk is articulate? (4,6)
  • 16 Perhaps misreading some signs, shimmy sexily during first couple of dances (8)
  • 18 Before Zaire disintegrated, joiner went back in restaurant business (8)
  • 19 Brave after goal in closing stage (7)
  • 21 A gentleman's personal gentleman perhaps lacking the "gentleman's personal" parts! (6)
  • 22 Spare my hair, its tips do flips? (6)
  • 24 Crack French team lost both wingers (4)