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Malta Independent - - CROSSWORD & FUN -

Across

1. Rail bridges over a val­ley (8) 5. Lend a hand (4) 8. 12 o'clock in the day (4) 9. In the open air (2,6) 10. With­out weapons (7) 12. First quar­rels? (5) 15. Fer­tile spot in desert (5) 16. Bloom (7) 20. Valu­able fam­ily item (8) 21. Sym­bol of slav­ery (4) 22. Hire (4) 23. Peeled, di­vested (8)

Down

1. Spec­u­la­tive scheme (7) 2. Smell (5) 3. Mania (5) 4. Sieve (4) 6. Shy (7) 7. Im­ple­ments (5) 11. Groans (5) 12. Beast with horned snout (abbr.) 13. Style (7) 14. Con­grat­u­late (7) 15. Al­ter­na­tive (5) 17. Mada­gas­car an­i­mal with pointed snout

and long tail (5) 18. Lean over (5) 19. Man­ager (4)

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