THE CRYPTIC:

The Saturday Paper - - The Week Contents - Mungo MacCal­lum

ACROSS

1. Top monarch’s frol­ics (6) 4. Makes a vow: I’m back in writ­ing, son (8)

10. Dat­ing handy, sched­ule 24/7 (5,3,3)

11. Against the swin­dle (3) 12. Ar­raign the lit­tle devil, ev­ery one (7)

14. Later on is ab­surd – ready for ac­tion (2,5)

15. Choose Barassi – un­likely mas­ter of beta rays (8,6) 17. Round chart in­cluded in in­di­vid­u­als in holy books – ac­tu­ally books about peo­ple (14)

21. In­di­cate field­s­man, cir­cles ter­ri­tory (5,2)

22. Not avail­able thanks – small chuckle for Ros­tov’s daugh­ter (7)

23. Bad air for the rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies

(1,1,1)

24. Dis­cor­dant, hor­rid mu­sic for

the fa­mous au­thor (4,7)

26. Ba­sic ingredients – sil­ver and

gold for starters (8)

27. One south­ern grad­u­ate in al­ter­na­tive to a line on a weather map (6)

DOWN

1. Con­vict pe­nalised and im­pris­oned (8)

2. Dog – is he a boxer? (3) 3. With­draw re­gard­ing the pam­phlet (7)

5. My ra­di­a­tor soon fell apart – try elec­tronic stargaz­ing! (5.9) 6. Posh sub­urb but a spell­bound chief coun­cil­lor, ac­cord­ing to Spooner (7)

7. Covert sign for of­fice work­ers (11)

8. A tense en­counter in the up­per house (6)

9. A stu­dent of hu­man­ity – and de­fender around the shattered north (14)

13. Pâté recipe, it needs fix­ing – do it in a hurry! (11)

16. This rare ac­ci­dent ex­ists to a cer­tain ex­tent (2,6)

18. John’s the army (7)

19. Bombs cats and dogs around

a thor­ough­fare (7)

20. Bet cer­e­mony is for a fairy (6) 25. Turn up, lit­tle brother, for the

ball (3)

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