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1In ancient Greece, the chief city of Boeotia, destroyed by Alexander the Great in 336 BC (6)
5A former British colony in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean, capital Roseau (8)
9Lead singer of the grunge rock band Nirvana (4,6)
10A small cake of unleavened Indian bread, deep-fried and served hot (4)
11Chris ___ , politician who became Secretary of State for Transport in July 2016 (8)
12Marie ___ , fashion model who married photographer David Bailey in 1975 (6)
13The husband of Emilia in Shakespeare's play Othello (4)
15A lively jig-like dance for one couple (8)
18Amerigo ___ , Italian navigator who explored the South American coast, thus establishing the New World (8)
19French term meaning "at the home of" (4)
21A wild, sociable dog-like carnivore which feeds on the kill of other animals (6)
23Max ___ , editor of the Evening Standard from 1996 to 2002 (8)
25Edible starchy tuberous root of plants, especially taro (4)
26An RAF officer of equivalent rank to a vice-admiral or a lieutenant- general (3-7)
27Part of a church at right angles to the nave (8)
28Hebrew prophet of the OldĀ Testament who was given divine protection when thrown into a den of lions (6)

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2Rutger ___ , Dutch actor who played Roy Batty in the 1982 film Blade Runner (5)
3Animated cartoon character of a 1920s flapper, created by Max Fleischer (5,4)
4A concave moulding, especially at the base of an Ionic column (6)
5Belgian-born jazz guitarist who formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France with violinist Stephane Grappelli in 1934 (6,9)
6A hard, compact sheep's cheese made in the fertile plateau region of central Spain (8)
7Asian country which was the world's last Hindu monarchy until becoming republic in 2008 (5)
8A hormone produced by the adrenal cortex, used in the treatment of arthritis, allergies, skin disease, etc (9)
14Jean ___ , actress who played Auntie Wainwright in the TV sitcom Last of the Summer Wine (9)
16Emily ___ , reclusive nineteenth- century American poet whose posthumous collections include Bolts of Melody (9)
17Especially in botany and zoology, pointed, prickly, having a sting (8)
20In Norse mythology, the heavenly abode of the twelve gods and twenty-six goddesses, and of heroes slain in battle (6)
22The standard monetary unit of Estonia (5)
24An open space in a wooded area (5)

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