Cryptic Blogword No.9

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Cryptic Blogword No.9

Across
7 It may escape from the jaws of death (4,4)
9 My lovely Spoonerism is French quip (3,3)
10 It’s periodically trickier for a little rascal (4)
11 Arena stages One Direction and another band getting back together again (10)
12 Frost report on Dick’s prime chimed with the listeners (6)
14 Crooked or bad men. Beware of me! (8)
15 Queen retires with primal desire for splendour (6)
16 Blackbird, one that’s lost on Mars? (6)
19 Ultimately, ursine figure devours cold hamper (8)
21 Irish singer’s repeated refusal to go ape (6)
23 It’s said Middle America miss one who makes a song and dance (6,4)
24 She’s short and fat (4)
25 Food not half welcomed by European dog (6)
26 Dog from France? (8)

Down
1 Stray hair appeared to stand up, after a trim (6)
2 Eyesore! Carbuncle! (4)
3 Off abroad without basic directions. Get a guide, perhaps (8)
4 Digest British reared wild boars (6)
5 Shoot legendary creature found in the garden (10)
6 Slip one with crack to make some quick bread (4,4)
8 Oriental build of secretary puts a setter in a spin (6)
13 Ball that’s constructed around imperfect square (10)
15 Molby managed to introduce new centre-half to satisfy ruthless crowd (5,3)
17 Clot uses mobile on outskirts of Stockholm (8)
18 Fresh air can provide a relief for some strains (6)
20 Dogfish that heads West regularly (6)
22 He’s under a certain amount of pressure to be a public servant? (6)
24 Endless silence finally spoilt by dog (4)

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