The Irish Mail on Sunday - - GET PUZZLING! -

Our Bare Bones Cross­word is unique be­cause you have to com­plete the grid – num­bers and squares – as well. We have in­serted four black squares and four clue num­bers to get you go­ing. The cross­word has a four-way sym­me­try: both top and bot­tom and left and right match, so you can fill in 12 more squares straight away. There is a prize of a Collins Pocket Th­e­saurus. Send your so­lu­tion to: Bare Bones Puz­zle No.574, The Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day, PO Box 5332, Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2. En­tries must ar­rive by Fri­day (pho­to­copies not ac­cepted). The win­ner of Bare Bones No.573 is Shane Mur­phy, Kil­lar­ney, Co. Kerry.


5 Spice used by a novice is ex­cep­tion­ally good 7 Marine man­aged to take first tower 9 Trod in a new way around fel­low who’s asleep 11 Doc­tor joins stupid cop­per in scrap 12 Cold dish and pasta too or­dered by boy (Two words) 15 Judge coun­try left in de­nial 17 Spoke with­out us reach­ing state that’s ex­treme 19 All crazy about new rite, to be ex­act 20 Wind is un­pleas­ant to the Ger­man


1 Reel shows sun­bathers ini­tially next to swim­ming area 2 Fa­ther, at home, can be a nui­sance 3 Old stu­dent is go­ing the wrong way to the store 4 Heart­less Dane has ob­jec­tion to first pub­lic per­for­mance 6 Speak softly with politi­cian – cer­tain to pro­vide a feel­ing of calm 8 A sol­dier gets some vol­un­teers into ter­ri­ble state of ex­cite­ment 10 Time gets alto to im­prove, as a whole 11 Medium is find­ing queen hardly a phi­lan­thropist 13 Deal­er­ship’s head used mine to pro­duce tough ma­te­rial 14 Strug­gle to get iron into a thin sheet 16 A method of be­ing ab­sent from one’s home 18 Al­lege as a fact that Vera is mad

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