CRYPTIC #24417

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure -

ACROSS

1 Not en­tirely ver­sa­tile shrub (6) 4 Was first to spot such a mys­te­ri­ous

band (8) 10 Sci­en­tific in­stru­ment bathed city in

a flickering light (9) 11 One hand-picked for­eign leader ac­cepts our coun­try in re­ces­sion (5) 12 Rud­der con­trol com­monly made of

wood (3) 13 Some­times there’s no­body tak­ing

turn round porch (4,3,4) 14 Fer­tiliser fee­ble if tinned? (6) 16 Keepin’ on round one bend (7) 19 Abroad, what fills role? I’m floored (7) 20 In place of dark­ness find­ing east a puz­zle (6) 22 Roughly sprawled, de­spite wear­ing this on boot, up here? (7,4) 25 Starts on free range egg? Has not to (3) 26 Refuse to ad­mit scruffy beard (5) 27 Ter­ri­fied by a street fight in­volv­ing us as sub­ject (9) 28 More un­nerv­ing to see one stran­gled by ivy (8) 29 Prayer to have old leader re­leased from con­fine­ment (6)

DOWN

1 Soft bed for con­tes­tant (6) 2 Given long line to erect, am strug­gling (9) 3 Cry freely, rais­ing vol­ume at end of tirade (5) 5 Did they strug­gle in ate­lier, per­haps? (3-11) 6 Tricked, and no mis­take, in hear­ing me­te­orite (9) 7 I had left range with­out com­pare (5) 8 Lead­ing man I don’t cast (8) 9 Bear­ing her ab­sence? (9,5) 15 This may take the Mickey out of sub­ject of play (9) 17 Re­mark­able sur­plus of leisure wear (4,5) 18 In parts, poem is about one joc­u­lar law­giver (8) 21 One could barely fin­ish Ham­let (6) 23 Fit to cover miles in walk (5) 24 Go into the mid­dle of Amer­ica — it’s not cold (5)

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