CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PUZZLES -

ACROSS

4 From a by­gone age or found in church? ( 6) 7 Praise de­manded at once for some hanger- on? ( 8) 8 Play it on your back­bone af­ter tea ( 6) 9 Take a long step on a North­ern Ter­ri­tory grat­ing ( 8) 11 It’s just grass so stop putting it in your ear ( 7) 13 Takes pride and points to be­ing in the chair ( 7) 15 Some plant a nasty weed here ( 7) 17 Leave it to an alien to give it a lift ( 7) 20 Es­caped with the aid of a wild prank ( 8) 23 Want to get to the top, then here’s how ( 6) 24 Picked out and elected at this point ( 8) 25 Took his bun­dle then led the way to duck out ( 6)

DOWN

1 How to part al­though deeply ab­sorbed ( 4) 2 A dis­ease which is given to a bear ( 6) 3 Con­ceal that skin ( 4) 4 Tests a new be­gin­ning for some nui­sances ( 5) 5 They run around when left in pairs ( 6) 6 Some dis­cover that which is left open ( 5) 9 They pine to get us in­ac­tive ( 6) 10 Heck­les some sew­ers ( 7) 12 Seen as show­ily splen­did or neat, as it were ( 6) 14 Both the edi­tor and Dave have dodged us ( 6) 16 I see how to spot those in­ter­est­ing sub­jects ( 6) 18 It’s all about my mother and that beast from Peru ( 5) 19 A very con­cise way of talk­ing about trees ( 5) 21 A lot put a hun­dred on this horse ( 4) 22 Any­way, it’s just that one act ( 4)

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