Cryp­tic Cross­word 15854

The Witness - - BRAINSTORM -

Across

1 Wild claim goes to com­pany - that’s funny! (7) 4 De­cline to meet a com­poser (5)

7 Mu­sic cir­cle (4)

8 De­cline to see mother’s cer­tifi­cates (8)

10 The first or­phans (4,3,3)

12 The work it does is only skin-deep (6) 13 They’re fired - spa­ces need to be filled (6) 15 Water­course re­quired for high speed (10) 18 Racket our fam­ily makes turn­ing round gan­gleader (8)

19 Go on board? (4)

20 A search­ing ex­am­i­na­tion, by all ac­counts (5) 21 Tried and tested (7)

Down

1 It may strike out A, B or C per­haps (5) 2 Com­mands and the ship’s of­fi­cers who give them out? (8)

3 A num­ber in beastly res­i­dences are landown­ers (6)

4 The whole book is in need of ton­ing down (4,6) 5 50 amp bulb (4)

6 Main­tains a ris­ing pres­sure (7)

9 Able to hold liquor but drunk on non-al­co­holic drink (10)

11 One me­tal fused into many (8)

12 It puts an end to any ill feel­ing (7)

14 Carry on in sum­mary fash­ion (6)

16 Free from fault (5)

17 Un­locked (4)

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