CRYPTIC Crossword

Com­plete the puzzle to re­veal two so­lu­tions in the shaded squares, re­lat­ing to the pic­ture clues.

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - PUZZLES - By Jim Green­field

PIC­TURE CLUES: 9ac & 26dn

ACROSS

7 Could be on the menu but no point (3) 8 Gus left the jaguars with the door partly open (4) 9 Yet it is not about our coun­try be­ing banned from ex­ports (3,5,2) 10 Gaze at the earl, eg (4) 11 A sure win­ner like a poker in the fire (3,3) 14 Pug a goer when it comes to th­ese peo­ple (3,5) 15 He­li­copters ripe for the taking in this ap­parel ( 7) 16 Jim’s tub bleached with whiskers ( 7) 20 Re­turn on the same trans­port but not as stated ini­tially (2,4,2) 23 Ex­er­cise that suits when party leader is in (3-3) 24 Every sec­ond set piece had a sword in it (4) 25 Live be­side, per­haps, but mis­trust (10) 27 A di­rec­tion con­cern­ing it be­ing with­ered (4) 28 A time of ear wax, oddly (3)

DOWN

1 Hard tree to make pot from (4) 2 Dis­con­nect the clue upon work­ing it out (8) 3 See Kay weed but not Satur­day or Sun­day ( 7) 4 Used to pre­vent dog bit­ing the end of the gun? (6) 5 Crea­ture I can re­cite ver­ba­tim, pa ( 7,3) 6 La­bel found back be­fore the French wa­ter cake (6) 12 Boswell, al­ter­na­tively could give a hoot (3) 13 A set of three aliens have a meet­ing (4-1-5) 17 Sam­ple im­ma­ture flower with part of the tongue (8) 18 Cheek given to 51 cop­pers (3) 19 Santa Claus, unutilised, re­turns. That is odd! ( 7) 21 Fish hawk used for trim­ming hats (6) 22 Joked about nanny given birth (6) 26 Ap­pre­cia­tive, Pa­tri­cia goes out for po­lit­i­cal satire (4)

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