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.631, 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.630 is Seán Duncan, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
1 His pudding contains an unexpected ingredient 4 Clever, river coming out in bay 7 Graduate points to the lowest part 9 Sent out to get female some Asian food 10 Right to boot out a programmable machine 11 Left fool to waste his time 12 Chap to halt improvement to well-being 13 Engineers beat off a discount 14 Stupid person takes trouble to attack 18 Charts out potatoes, for example 20 Drill for boron and mineral 21 Auction includes British fur 22 Hide anguish with an impression 23 Use needles to get new equipment out 24 Called head of English, to an extent 25 Get worried about anarchist’s first attendance
2 Quiet dress leads to investigation 3 Drink to a fellow spy (Two words) 4 Bishop gets terribly rich as a punishment 5 Wind key inside part of wall 6 The first organised tour in coach 7 Dance has relevance and a moving part (Two words) 8 Quiet at the back in passage 15 Small crop invokes derision 16 Swapped roles with no-hoper 17 Treating a burn in the city 18 Reportedly influenced by material 19 Teach new way to play dishonestly