Puzzletome Crossword Puzzles

April 2014 Monthly Crossword
April

The April puzzle celebrates the fourth month of the year. Each of the asterisked clues is related to the number four.
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Across
1 Ignorance forces good man out for cocaine desire (8)
5 * Track playing (clamorous number) upsetting Paul, motivating Lennon movement (6)
10 Embarrassed, is Mr Smith taken in by deception? (7)
11 Read back post - gentleman held by dictatorship (7)
12 Basically irritating minute arthropod grown older? (5)
13 Continued making a mess of its ingredients in the shadows (9)
14 Final displays of dog and cats in all contests (7,5)
18 * Washerwoman cleans summer, fall else winter (12)
21 Girl's boy let out at break (9)
23 * Recognise Blyton author's adventurous children dealing reform (5)
24 Please pull hair back for us (7)
25 Translation of power on hill by this? (7)
26 No worries perhaps catching most of cut (6)
27 Test on expired transport (8)
Down
1 Regular chemistry disheartened college student I start counselling (6)
2 Optimum correct call taking wings off (6)
3 Loose guitar string is thus an instrument (9)
4 Difficult reports as two nurses get it wrong (6,8)
6 Bottom or middle as topmost constituents (5)
7 * Pestilence rider seemed respectable (three horsemen rotten) (8)
8 Tendency to move round with mother in dreadful state of minds (8)
9 Plant metal drink in gentlest setting (8,6)
15 Bird is sadly no cracker (9)
16 Seniority of a general holding Germany (East) with special army group? (8)
17 * Rushmore faces signifying four grey political servants (8)
19 * Diamond straight forces club expert's hasty reshuffle (6)
20 Unusually, first books suffering from fiction (6)
22 Rosy ring-a-ring? (5)