Mungo MacCal­lum’s Cryp­tic

The Saturday Paper - - The Week | Contents -

ACROSS

1. Wor­ships war god hold­ing party (6)

5. Rock roller plays with his pussy (8)

9. Ig­no­rant, new in wear­ing of­fi­cial rai­ment (10)

10. Pay at the door – English sys­tem of law (4)

11. Re­moves he­patic or­gans and gives birth (8)

12. Big ships. pro­tec­tors (6) 13. Small col­lec­tion of sup­plies – a joke (4)

15. Un­known phone glitch – but

work­ing for Nick! (8)

18. Turn tar­get around pine – Aus­tralian tree? (8)

19. Smell – East­ern boy returns (4)

21. Tom has risen with rel­ish! (6) 23. Or­gan­ised fires and plun­ders

(8)

25. Smile, Ray (4)

26. An ob­struc­tion is fruit found

in the throat (5,5)

27. Un­hap­pily re­lat­ing to a

three­some (8)

28. Gets an­gry about boils (6)

DOWN

2. Dumb com­pact? (5)

3. Royal, pop­u­lar Bel­gian car­toon hero – but ac­tu­ally a dog! (3,3,3)

4. Small mod­u­la­tions for Jag­ger and his group (6)

5. Mes­sage a rare mix – a jum­ble. But it made a suc­cess­ful plebiscite (4-3,8)

6. Queue af­ter team – not the main job (8)

7. Writer about … about … a nut! (5)

8. Out­siders, con­fused – done drugs (9)

14. Mar­su­pial ur­sine? No – a com­mon mis­take. She’s pure Aus­tralian! (5,4)

16. Tree fruit? Ac­tu­ally it’s a bromeliad (9)

17. Friends back for a burst – right in the mid­dle! (4-4)

20. Bur­dens of run­ning ser­vices

(6)

22. State bird of the is­land (5)

24. Spilled milk over Ir­ish rug (5)

MUNGO MacCAL­LUM is the au­thor of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’sPrime Ministers.

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