SU­PER CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

Pretoria News - - THE X-FILES -

ACROSS

1 Set off to cy­cle round and get sup­port (8) 5 Heís a draw­back to the boss (6) 10 Be dy­ing to col­lect the win­nings? (4,2,4,5) 11 The bird, with a paw, flicked to fish round (7) 12 Speak with skill (7) 13 A uni­formed man put the new range in (8) 15 Not the whole num­ber found in the river (5) 18 She has re­turned, sir, to the party (5) 20 Mu­sic in the desert for a denizen thereof (8) 23 In­crease for a bunch of tug-men (7) 25 As a cop, I ran the id­iot in: an artist (7) 26 The qual­i­ties nec­es­sary to be­come a pope? (8,7) 27 Knock and out comes the Ger­man shop­keeper (6) 28 Says “That’s m-me among the celebri­ties?” (8)

DOWN

1 Trou­ble to pro­vide a condi­ment (6) 2 Said wor­riedly, “The pa­per-cut­ter can’t be seen any­where” (9) 3 Ob­vi­ously pleased Iím back, though shy about it (7) 4 A de­sire to be with one (5) 6 A cold month out­side clinches it (7) 7 Girl who will fig­ure in a ro­mance (5) 8 Tired out, the silly ass crashed into it; an aw­ful ac­ci­dent (8) 9 Can­not get the an­i­mals out from the ves­sel (8) 14 As it per­forms, the man holds the dog (8) 16 Not in­clud­ing the funny clue for “tiny” (9) 17 Got ahead, though it’s not easy (8) 19 At the out­set, an­noy one by be­ing un­pro­duc­tive (7) 21 The two beasts at the draper’s (7) 22 Ac­com­mo­dates a horse­shoe among the var­i­ous shoes (6) 24 She’s off, dear, to a grand start (5) 25 Turn back to get the big­wig (5)

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