THE CRYP­TIC:

The Saturday Paper - - Contents The Week - Mungo MacCal­lum

ACROSS

1. Mil­i­tary de­tach­ments form small four­somes (6) 5. Large in the gen­i­tal area, an innkeeper (8) 9. D, or Amen (4,4) 10. Pay at­ten­tion to cat­a­logue and di­rec­tions (6) 11. Long for a very soft Mur­ray and the French fruits (10) 13. In­scribed, heard, and tore to bits (4) 14. Chief stud (4) 15. In­stru­ment un­sat­is­fac­tory – mob uri­nate (10) 18. Out­spo­ken in favour of the con­ser­va­tive fac­tion – no English (10) 20. Pre­serve bro­ken vase (4) 21. Small nail in po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda (4) 23. Enough runs ac­cu­mu­lated for anony­mous ma­jor con­trib­u­tor (6,4) 25. Cruise with Thurs­day Is­land time – make a bird of it! (6) 26. Un­happy, wan­der about list­lessly – but it hap­pens very rarely (4,4) 28. One press pro­vides the an­swer (8) 29. Fes­ti­val closer to the sun­rise (6)

DOWN

2. Re­sem­bling doom, de­vised by a hunch­back (9) 3. Cur­rent lock for Kid­man, per­haps (7) 4. Ade­laide band takes the bis­cuit (3) 5. Ex­er­cise turns round boy to cy­cle (5) 6. Con­tract fol­lows ac­count of prom­i­nent politi­cian (4,7) 7. Pop­u­lar, cer­tain, right – she of­fers a guar­an­tee! (7) 8. A mid­dle­man, but a fel­low of good breed­ing (5) 12. Pet turned to maul prom­i­nent politi­cian (5,6) 16. Dope up a tree (3) 17. Nerve bro­ken, Rome de­stroyed – that’s what Poe’s raven said! (9) 19. T-shirt? (4,3) 20. Plans for a thou­sand in chess game (7) 22. Face down for a quar­ter (5) 24. Small, qual­i­fied and black (5) 27. Ex­ploit Amer­ica and Eng­land (3)

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

Prime Min­is­ters.

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