CRYP­TIC CROSSWORD

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FARMING -

ACROSS

1. Girl only a small space away, rel­a­tively speak­ing .... (12)

9. .... and be­ing the clos­est, rel­a­tively speak­ing (4,2,3)

10. Be ap­a­thetic for the most part with a house­hold im­ple­ment (3)

11. Ob­jec­tor to party line (7)

12. Pos­sess about 50 to di­vide in two (5)

13. Bus­tle around mak­ing fine dis­tinc­tions (6)

15. Go with­out food, the way one might rave about it (6)

18. Change of­fi­cer af­ter a word of hes­i­ta­tion (5)

20. Dates he swapped for ear­phones (7)

22. Chim­ney found in Glas­gow slums (3)

23. Elf keeps warm on the cooker per­haps (9)

24. Jockey drawn by an au­thor (5,7)

DOWN

2. Li­cense one ve­hi­cle to be on the road for hire (7) 3. Qui­etly left the line in the mid­dle to search for prey (5) 4. Se­cure, say, a place in Turkey (6)

5. Va­ri­ety of noughts com­ing from a ri­fle (7)

6. Tiger per­haps has large num­ber in the end (5) 7. On one’s be­half mak­ing an­other gift (12) 8. Edges higher, heels make one thus (6,6)

14. Dog that goes from side to side (7)

16. One who takes stock out of range (7)

17. Ir­ra­tional fear starts to put him off buy­ing im­por­tant ar­ti­cles (6)

19. I had boy start­ing to be fear­ful (5)

21. In the mid­dle of part of exam on ge­og­ra­phy (5)

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