Last Week’s Cryptic

The Saturday Paper - - Contents -

ACROSS

1. Amer­i­can fuel blend can do the job (6)

5. Lady For­tune, said Spooner, call­ing at­ten­tion to one in dis­tress (4,4,)

9. Pre­vi­ous sta­tion worker, now a busi­ness­man sell­ing abroad (8)

10. Re­move the mark of the tyrant (6)

11. Play down the lesser na­tion (10)

13. Old ships head off pranks (4) 14. In­stant ship, Stir­ling (4)

15. Fit air, navy re­quired for Thack­eray’s work (6,4)

18. Cookpot dam­aged, gets in

pawn (7,3)

20. Cur­rent, like politi­cian in­side

(4)

21. Cov­er­ing for small ve­hi­cle (4) 23. Chief land­lord recorded on the

top of cor­re­spon­dence (10)

25. Dessert aban­doned a man

ob­sessed with con­di­tion­ing (6) 26. Stick around; in­di­vid­ual dec­o­ra­tion for an artis­tic mix! (8)

28. Brings forth gifts (8)

29. A right time with in­di­vid­ual

way for Pi­casso, per­haps (6)

DOWN

2. Nud­ist ox, a trav­esty – it’s over the fence! (3,3,3)

3. Out­pour­ings around the queen – roses and lilies! (7) 4. Fate of a prophet (3)

5. Grub found right in molten rock (5)

6. TE – it could be an in­ter­rup­tion (3-8)

7. Princess work­ers – def­i­nitely fe­male (7)

8. Crim­i­nal bishop’s staff (5)

12. The Span­ish, flat, fol­low­ing small, not odd corner shop (5,6)

16. Fix turnover – a small bite (3) 17. Ac­cuses of trea­son – epic shame re­sults (9)

19. Choppy slow ebb is un­steady (7)

20. Two ar­ti­cles, first for an

un­be­liever (7)

22. Run a meet­ing – tea be­fore

in­dus­trial re­la­tions (5)

24. Records di­rec­tions af­ter

draw (5)

27. Black, red or yel­low – but

mainly deep blue! (3)

So­lu­tion next week

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

Prime Min­is­ters.

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