CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

The Mercury - - THE X-FILES -

ACROSS

1 Some un­der­val­ued fuel (4) 3 It’s scan­dalous to break into song about wine! (8) 9 Not amongst the win­ners, fled too (4-3) 10 1000 leap out of tree (5) 11 There can be no ex­plain­ing why any­one’s bored like this (6,6) 13 100 end­lessly hav­ing great ex­pec­ta­tion of see­ing com­poser (6) 15 Con­trol credit some­how (6) 17 Warns dis­pute could re­sult from silly re­sponse (6,6) 20 Like­ness I am to have a long time (5) 21 20 set about in fancy (7) 22 Maybe the rider is an in­de­ci­sive hes­i­tant per­son (8) 23 I ob­ject to ar­ti­cle – it’s de­spi­ca­ble (4)

DOWN

1 To lure de­fender proves a dis­ad­van­tage (8) 2 Be­ing out of prac­tice could make us try (5) 4 Famished coun­try loses aged head (6) 5 Stair­case to cabin is a shared route? (9-3) 6 Make things bet­ter for one politi­cian get­ting over prob­lems (7) 7 Gained stature in be­ing re­warded (4) 8 Il­lus­tra­tion fac­ing ti­tle-page is per­fec­tion, per­haps (12) 12 True song about source of caviar (8) 14 Sur­vive so as to be the fi­nal one to leave (7) 16 Opin­ion given as to halfdead evil prac­tices (6) 18 West­ern cer­e­mony to com­mit to pa­per (5) 19 Sale of­fer about right for flier (4)

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