CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

The Dominion Post - - Puzzles -

ACROSS 1. Claim carp: it wrig­gles, and can’t be done (11) 8. Be­ing handed over by ref­eree, rare per­haps with Lions leader (8) 9. Dou­ble curve for ex­am­ple re­turned in Old English (4) 10. Lazi­ness of many in quiet! (5) 13. Be­ing 19, ad­just it ac­cu­rately (4) 16. It is close to be­ing con­sid­ered stingy (4) 17. A big cat given back-up by mother (4) 18. High in stature, the story is not to be be­lieved (4) 20. Get to one’s feet, if one can bear it (5) 24. Ex­cept that there are no oth­ers (4) 25. An en­quiry may be writ­ten in quotes (8) 26. Li­a­bil­ity to blame for tear­ing up a bill in the City (11) DOWN 2. Miss shot and warm hands in it (4) 3. River and range of the coun­try (5) 4. Get from As­cot to the sea­side (5) 5. Small farm given credit fre­quently in verse (5) 6. Con­tempt of the holy pro­fes­sor a coun­try fol­lows (11) 7. Age-groups, one strange, one dif­fer­ent (11) 11. Does as told by for­mer schoolfel­low? Yes, in a way (5) 12. Herba­ceous flower has to be planted out (5) 14. Cook’s thickening our sort of ox-tail (4) 15. Bar on type­writer one will re­lease, se­cu­rity be­ing given (4) 19. Faith­ful ally is put out about noth­ing (5) 21. By its rule one may get a rough-and-ready 23 (5) 22. Rocket-fir­ers start learn­ing to be nosy (5) 23. Pinch what may take one up and down (4)

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