CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: NO. 28,490

Jamaica Gleaner - - LEISURE -

Across

1 Most evil since be­ing boxed by finest (6)

4 Small gui­tar strum­mer with­out large range (8)

9 Some singers are po­etic back­ing mu­si­cal works (6)

10 Ac­tu­ally tak­ing on phone com­pany ow­ing money (8) 11 Mass said first for pu­ri­tan (8) 13 Start­ing to ap­pear less ex­cit­ing re­ally, ini­tially (6)

15 Ail­ment’s best treated ring­ing hospi­tal foun­da­tion (13)

18 Chil­dren go nuts al­most shak­ing teddy? (13)

22 Greek god’s about gut­ted ac­cept­ing hea­thens (6)

24 Phys­i­cal work’s re­jected in pen (8)

26 Boss prom­ises to pay hard-work­ing (8)

27 Mourn­ful song from Led Zep­pelin singer pen­ning sin­gle (6)

28 Sil­ver brought back cov­ered by ex­cise charge (8)

29 De­clines to go after cir­cu­lar saws (6)

Down

1 Head of bud­dleia emerges pro­duc­ing flow­ers (6)

2 Front line de­vi­ously re­shaped round mid­dle of war (9) 3 Colour of lit­tle wound? (7) 5 Fix time for drink (4) 6 Fast one from con man on the phone (7)

7 Speed get­ting left be­hind an­i­mal (5)

8 Sec­ond time around Queen soften (8)

12 Nice bust re­mod­elled on French ar­ti­cle (6) 14 Bar in club is trou­ble (6) 16 De­vour­ing ex­tract of gin­seng or gin­ger (9)

17 Al­leged drunk swal­low­ing very big mea­sure (8)

19 Pub­lished piece that shows where one stands (7)

20 Stuck, the com­piler’s turned white (7)

21 Loud in­stru­ments and quiet in­stru­ments? (6)

23 Por­ridge in heart­less gaol, full of re­gret (5)

25 Re­port­edly wrig­gled out of tube (4)

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