Otago Daily Times

Cryp­tic crossword

- The Open University

ACROSS 1. Lofty in­volved in play­thing, com­pletely (7)

4. Gos­sip with Alice’s fourth giver of tea-party (7)

8. Round of duty or re­turn made with no end of tax (4) 9. Cou­pling with screw-threads and nurl bucket is made from (10)

11. A road that pro­vides a place to meet for sport (6)

12. How to creep round net back­wards, be­ing made to hide re­al­ity (8)

14. Lack­ing in­ter­est in tip, a cheat might turn to it (9)

15. Lab dish of minced tripe (5)

17. Ac­cord­ing to the key, Los An­ge­les is not back­ward (5)

18. The deck­ing of a mod­ern New The­atre trans­po­si­tion (9) 19. Purr best when up­set — it ag­i­tates one so (8)

21. Col­umn with box for re­cep­tion of let­ters (6)

23. Mak­ing one suf­fer to be­long, crib be­ing bro­ken (10)

24. Such drill is di­rected at de­vo­tional ex­er­cises (4)

25. Lease­hold ar­range­ment can yet be bro­ken around the North (7)

26. Evil omen that is strongly in­flu­en­tial and about right (7) DOWN 1. She bul­lies Hi­lary, a nag turn­ing to tor­ture first (9)

2. Ac­cus­tomed from birth, Ron, both men aren’t switched (2,3,6,4)

3. It’s not my year to swap Open Uni­ver­sity each half (4)

4. One en­gaged to ex­e­cute work will grow less, or fin­ish it - (10) 5. Ma­ture per­son had ul­ti­ma­tum to re­veal (5)

6. Go­ing for it – off the deep end? (6,3,6)

7. Ruff’s mate is con­cerned with wo­man (5)

10. Dry mea­sure turns blue to show half in the mid­dle (6)

13. Duke leaves some­thing tra­di­tion­ally con­sumed at Wim­ble­don (10)

15. Learned man I’d over­turned in craft he was pol­ing (6)

16. In time at school, ten change for com­mit­tal cer­e­mony (9) 19. Em­broi­dered knot to pick end­lessly apart (5)

20. Top of pa­gri re­moved around town (5)

22. Snack to take a pic­ture of (4)

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