THE CRYPTIC:

The Saturday Paper - - Contents -

ACROSS

1. Rack­ety, loud and false – but to­tally unexpected! (3,2,1,6) 8. C is for cabri­o­let (4,3)

9. A time be­comes weary of clothes (7)

11. Crazy, Fitzger­ald – but sweet! (7)

12. Bird with veg­etable turned around cen­tral bistros! (7) 13. Fashion with Eastern direc­tion slowly dis­ap­pears (5) 14. Re­move the bloke – he’s a cus­toms of­fi­cer! (9)

16. Fas­cist march to turn fat English lap­dogs back (9) 19. Pic­tured be­tween hung and quar­tered? (5)

21. Re­place­ment tyre left around; tear shed (7)

23. Realms I tra­verse for fig­u­ra­tive

paint­ing (7)

24. Pa­cific is­lan­ders with­out French in­cluded a big old bird (7)

25. Small mea­sure in class may be

ex­plo­sive (7)

26. Clumsy nest sit­u­ated in

Amer­ica (6,6)

DOWN

1. Lin­coln off the grog – jour­nal­ist helped (7)

2. Places to look at, state di­rec­tions (7)

3. Stead­ier, in­tended re­port – heav­ens! (9)

4. Quiet old ship, but it can be lethal at sea (5)

5. Loathes and re­verses in­ter­na­tional con­tests (7) 6. Ex­pen­sive, pe­cu­liar said Spooner, dis­cussing his au­di­tory ap­pa­ra­tus (7)

7. Fat peo­ple – rough cal­cu­la­tions (5,7)

10. Pri­vate method of com­mu­ni­ca­tion – anaes­thetist after mum! (6,6)

15. Imi­tate con­ser­va­tive trade­mark (9)

17. Preminger chap – a Turk (7) 18. Re­fined English sup­port worker (7)

19. The prici­est is the most adored (7)

20. A new one – back­slam!

Beasts! (7)

22. Ex­e­cute small jour­nal­ist –

reme­died! (5)

So­lu­tion next week

MUNGO MacCAL­LUM is the au­thor of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’s

Prime Min­is­ters.

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