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GK Crossword No. 23 (GK)
by Medusa

Across

Group of islands in the Aegean Sea including Rhodes and Kos (10)
Largest continent (4)
Roman emperor until 305 when he abdicated in favour of Galerius (10)
10 Son of Rhea and Cronus, he was the supreme Greek god (4)
12 The Italian name for the capital of Lombardy (6)
13 Spike ---, British comedian and founder member of the Goons (8)
15 Welsh war song about fighting the Saxons (3,2,7)
18 US golfer and winner of the British Open in 1961 and 1962 (6,6)
21 Japanese farewell (8)
22 Prolific German composer and master of counterpoint (1,1,4)
24 A blunt fencing sword with a button on the point (4)
25 US athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin (5,5)
26 A period of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Holy Saturday (4)
27 English actor, comedian and writer often collaborating with Hugh Laurie (7,3)

Down

Capital of Tanzania, replacing Dar es Salaam in 1974 (6)
Draw aimlessly (6)
British actor who appeared as the teacher in Kes and who wrote the screenplay for Chariots of Fire (5,7)
John ---, Conservative minister for defence during the Falklands Islands conflict (4)
The blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria, sometimes considered an aphrodisiac (7,3)
Oswald ---, German philosopher whose Decline of the West argued that civilizations go through natural cycles of growth and decay (8)
Aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used to make a strong liqueur of the same name (8)
11 Object in a castle near Cork, Ireland, the kissing of which is said to confer great powers of flattery on the kisser (7,5)
14 Mining area of central Zambia and into neighbouring Congo (10)
16 Wagner opera based on the story of the Holy Grail (8)
17 Keats's poem beginning A thing of beauty is a joy for ever (8)
19 Francois-NoŽl ---, French revolutionary journalist executed in 1797 (6)
20 A spirit obtained in Scotland by distillation from a mash of cereal grains (6)
23 Abbreviation often seen on bottles of brandy implying high quality but having no legal basis at all (4)

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