CRYPTIC PUZ­ZLE NO. 7551

Napier Courier - - BITE -

ACROSS

1. Says “That’s m-me among the celebri­ties”? (8). 6. Ask ques­tions, but not with a brogue (4). 8. “Not friendly” is the com­plaint (4). 9. A uni­formed man put the new range in (8). 10. It will be soon time to go in for him (5). 11. Prom­ise to re­turn the record with a lit­tle acer­bity (6). 13. Be very busy pro­duc­ing some­thing for the pe­riod drama (6). 15. Chances to: “Stops to em­brace me” (6). 17. The way the sol­dier turned tail, mum, is a dis­grace (6). 19. Tak­ing a trip round a for­eign coun­try (5). 22. Tried in­ef­fec­tively to con­ceal the mis­deed you dig up (8). 23. Sense there would be, if we were elim­i­nated (4). 24. Bless my soul, it’s spring! (4). 25. Tired out, the silly ass went into it: a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent (8).

DOWN

2. What had ripped the lit­tle hand put in­side? (5). 3. Pe­tended to have coped (4,3). 4. Point a sec­ond bolt out (4). 5. Didn’t get on. Was con­sid­ered to be no good (8). 6. An ar­ti­cle or an ex­tract from it (5). 7. Ran af­ter the fel­low get­ting on (7). 12. Dead: some in ac­tion (8). 14. Crack a nut, have a drink and un­wind (7). 16. Needs change, about ten­pence, and one forks out (7). 18. Pos­si­bly mixed bars (5). 20. Get used to hav­ing one stand about (5). 21. The girl I raised, mas­ter (4).

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