BRAIN-TEASERS

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THE HARD WAY

ACROSS

1 Spice mix­ture (2 words) (5,6) 8 Link (5) 9 Dance (7) 11 Loud noise (4) 13 In­done­sian is­land (4) 15 Skip (3) 16 Fab­u­lous bird (3) 18 Pheas­ant’s nest (3) 19 18th He­brew let­ter (5) 21 Birds (5) 23 Ex­tend­ing (5) 26 In­ter­jec­tion (Scot) (3) 27 Bog (3) 28 Place the car (4) 29 Called by bookies (4) 30 Of­fence (3) 31 NZ bird (3) 32 Pedi­gree (4) 33 Ed­i­ble root (4)

DOWN

1 Gorge (5) 2 At the peak (4) 3 Join (3) 4 Ap­proach (6) 5 Melody (3) 6 One who af­fects so­cial im­por­tance (4) 7 Hav­ing a cold fit (5) 9 Fud­dled (Shake­speare) (3) 10 Brown (3) 12 Venues (4) 14 An­i­mal (4) 16 Skin erup­tion (4) 17 Cook (4) 19 Day off (coll) (6) 20 Sup­ple­ment (2 words) (3,3) 21 Bro­ken (slang) (5) 22 More acute (5) 24 Coun­try (5) 25 Rel­ish (5)

THE EASY WAY

ACROSS

1 Hard taskmas­ter (2 words) (5,6) 8 Epic poem (5) 9 Pris­on­ers (7) 11 Re­sort on the French Riviera (4) 13 Rel­a­tive (4) 15 Cun­ning or wily (3) 16 In­sect (3) 18 Amer­i­can poet (3) 19 Style of dance (5) 21 Sea­port, Ja­pan (5) 23 Dim the sight of (5) 26 Thicken, like jelly (3) 27 Min­eral wa­ter re­sort (3) 28 As­sist (4) 29 Ja­son’s ship (4) 30 Non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer (init) (3) 31 Per­form (3) 32 Adam’s third son (4) 33 Sailor’s call (4)

DOWN

1 Keeps away from (5) 2 Climb­ing plant (4) 3 Tree (3) 4 Crown (6) 5 Strike-breaker (coll) (3) 6 An in­ten­tion (4) 7 The road taken (5) 9 Freez­ing (3) 10 Eat (3) 12 Evils (4) 14 Star which sud­denly emits an out­burst of light (4) 16 False god (4) 17 Fades away, as in a tide (4) 19 Draw (6) 20 Woolly llama (6) 21 Ex­am­i­na­tions con­ducted by word of mouth (5) 22 Bro­ker (5) 24 Part of the so­lar sys­tem (5) 25 Hav­ing am­ple space (5)

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