the cross­words

CRYPTIC CLUES

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure -

ACROSS

1 No rice is cooked for Caruso for in­stance (6)

4 Small com­pa­nies get ready to in­dulge (6)

9 Pic­nic ar­ranged to en­ter­tain a well­bred com­poser (7)

10 The Mid­dle East ini­tially is the sub­ject (5)

11 It may be drawn or sucked up (5)

12 They rise in anger (7)

13 En­trance alarm? (5,6)

18 Doris on shift con­fined to build­ing (7)

20 Tart church man (5)

22 Study on leave in Africa (5)

23 Get lean in or­der to be grace­ful (7)

24 Go where lots of oth­ers go (6)

25 Or­di­nary sea­man has to look af­ter Bel­gian port (6)

DOWN

1 Make use of a film strip ( 6) 2 Hap­pen to be un­o­rig­i­nal ( 5) 3 Whig can be seen in­volved in an

in­for­mal chat ( 7) 5 Sur­gi­cal treat­ment on twitch in the

eye ( 5) 6 Pass round the salt show­ing care

and quiet­ness ( 7) 7 Re­li­gion is em­braced by them ( 6) 8 Mean be­ing ready to fight ( 5- 6)

14 It’s old news ( 7) 15 Re­porter’s an­nounce­ment

pro­duces marked ef­fect ( 7) 16 It cuts things rather fine ( 6)

17 How ex­pert in judo is beaten ( 6) 19 There’s noth­ing per­sis­tent in this

scent ( 5) 21 A seer in a flurry to get off the

mark ( 5)

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