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CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS 1 Hired hands? (6) 4 A liqueur mixed in the basin (8) 9 Hav­ing a de­cayed prop­erty to rent

out (6) 10 Its re­port is de­lib­er­ately

de­layed (4,4) 12 Hol­low welcome given to start of

the cen­tury (4) 13 Re­strict it af­ter 51,000 (5) 14 Sim­u­late sound cheer­fully (4) 17 Fix­ing this bangle is

com­pli­cated (12) 20 He may be ob­ject­ing to mod­ern

arts per­haps (12) 23 A spirit of the gar­den (4) 24 She ap­pears in an ensem­ble that’s

rather colour­less (5) 25 Im­prove on the ebb tide (4) 28 Scoff­ing in­side or out (8) 29 Phrase pos­si­bly carved over the

tomb (6) 30 Am as keen to gain a sim­i­lar

ti­tle (8) 31 Main US source of hos­til­ity (6)

DOWN 1 Craft of many wise men (8) 2 It turns up be­fore five in a city

busi­ness (8) 3 So this is pick­led and not al­lowed

to go to waste (4) 5 Their bliss is shat­tered in the

United King­dom (7,5) 6 Time to change the piece in the

pa­per (4) 7 Be­yond re­demp­tion? What rot­ten

luck! (3,3) 8 Fall­ing off Big Ben (6) 11 It’s bound to in­clude all who stay at

an ho­tel (8,4) 15 In­sti­tu­tion founded by sailor and

Turk (5) 16 Way in for all com­peti­tors (5) 18 Its aim is to pro­duce win­ners of

course (4,4) 19 ‘Les Mis­er­ables’ or ‘The Turn of the

Screw’ (8) 21 Con­flict over a study for the one in

charge (6) 22 Enough to pre­vent part­ing with­out

meet­ing (6) 26 Pre­sum­ably one doesn’t know

when one does this (4) 27 Near the mid­dle (4)

QUICK CLUES

ACROSS 1 Op­pres­sively hot (6) 4 Su­per­fi­cial (4-4) 9 Com­mem­o­ra­tive tablet (6) 10 US De­fense Depart­ment (8) 12 Wide­spread (4) 13 Con­trib­u­tor (5) 14 With the ad­di­tion of (4) 17 A boost (4,2,3,3) 20 Fail badly (4,1,7) 23 To lament (4) 24 Have ben­e­fit of (5) 25 Sting­ing in­sect (4) 28 Ma­te­rial (8) 29 Quar­rel in petty way (6) 30 Po­si­tion of flag for

mourn­ing (4-4) 31 Point-blank (6)

DOWN 1 Sub­due (8) 2 Over­take al­ter­nately (8) 3 Heavy de­feat (4) 5 Re­main calm (4,4,4) 6 Dis­tinc­tion (4) 7 Over­whelm (6) 8 Im­pose penalty on (6) 11 New Zealand moun­tain

range (8,4) 15 Com­par­a­tively unim­por­tant (5) 16 Tol­er­ate (5) 18 Ap­peal­ing to af­flu­ent buy­ers (8) 19 An at­tribute (8) 21 Short sud­den jerk (6) 22 Note­wor­thy (6) 26 Res­o­lute (4) 27 Oc­cupy com­pletely (4)

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