This week's puzzle is by Vlad and, while I don't think it's an actual themed crossword, there are quite a few references to politics and politicians (and others!)
i found this rather quite difficult in places and was mightily relieved that I managed to complete it, and I do wonder how Geeker and our other overseas solvers will get on.
If you do get stuck, there is at least one hidden in the acrosses and at least one long anagram in the downs.
I had the most difficulty in the SE corner, but this was mostly my fault due to putting the wrong ending to 15d 🤬
25a - I can't find this in any of the usual dictionaries but I Googled the answer and voila! Well, if 7d got a mention I suppose it's only fair 😉
The only other query I had was the "lots of information" in 21d but I think it's fair.
COD - Lots of contenders this week with the deceptively simple 20d and 22a for its use of "private" which completely threw me, I also liked 17d but my COD is the excellent 23d - "Green are is quiet place of refuge" which took me an age to figure out!
Thanks to Vlad for a very challenging and enjoyable puzzle.
It was great to see more first-time posters join our friendly Prize blog last week - the more the merrier:-)
As always, if you get do stuck, please don't hesitate to ask for a hint - there are always people on here willing to help.