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ACROSS 1 Cat­e­gorise (8) 5 More grotesquelook­ing (6) 10 Viper, e.g. (5) 11 Pieces of wet pre­cip­i­ta­tion (9) 12 Me­chan­i­cally func­tion­ing (9) 13 Black­board stand (5) 14 Take in writ­ten words (4) 15 Trans­mits (5) 18 Field en­trances (5) 20 Sheet of a book (4)

22 Car­men, e.g. (5) 24 Crude oil (9) 26 Hos­pi­tal ve­hi­cle (9) 27 Up to such time (5) 28 High-rise build­ings (6) 29 Am­i­ca­ble (8) DOWN 1 On-and-off (6) 2 Set of rooms (9) 3 Cooked over wa­ter vapour (7) 4 Lead­ing, orig­i­nal (5) 6 Fe­male de­ity (7) 7 Presses clothes, etc (5) 8 Un­set­tled (8) 9 Gal­vanis­ing metal (4) 16 Not cared for (9) 17 Lack­ing knowl­edge (8) 19 Of lesser size (7) 20 Man­u­fac­ture, cre­ate (7) 21 Take on work­ers (6) 23 Arm joint (5) 24 Car­na­tion-like flower (4) 25 The prop­erty of

those peo­ple (5)

CRYP­TIC CLUES

ACROSS 1 Put into groups, if classy mem­bers are used (8) 5 Gruel I pre­pared is more re­volt­ing! (6) 10 Sneak craftily with a crawler (5) 11 Spor­ran I’d ad­justed for wa­ter­falls? (9) 12 Such a ve­hi­cle has two ped­als! (9) 13 Lease com­po­nents for a sup­port­ing item (5) 14 Dare, some­how, to study (4) 15 Des­patches some brass end-stops (5) 18 Num­bers of spec­ta­tors see­ing a Mi­crosoft boss (5) 20 Gape about a sheet to 14 Across (4) 22 A rope trick and another form of en­ter­tain­ment (5) 24 Black gold, the ba­sis of power of the car in­dus­try… (9) 26 You need to be pa­tient to get a ride in this! (9) 27 It’s up to another unit be­fore 50 (5) 28 Tall build­ings for trac­tors, e.g. (6) 29 Well-dis­posed to madly fly with diner (8) DOWN 1 Off-hand with a non-staff mem­ber (6) 2 One piece re­port­edly in­tended to be flat? (9) 3 Be­ing thus treated in the kitchen dates me ter­ri­bly! (7) 4 Ini­tial tree on the small street (5) 6 Athena, per­haps, trained Ed’s dogs (7) 7 De-creases in some clubs (5) 8 Fid­gety ad­vice to the un­der-ac­tive? (8) 9 A lit­tle topaz in chrome or another metal (4) 16 Missed out on be­ing given in­suf­fi­cient treat­ment (9) 17 Hav­ing no ed­u­ca­tion, nor gi­ant po­ten­tial (8) 19 Sell ram, possibly? That is not so great! (7) 20 Turn out with ed­i­ble crops (7) 21 Ex­ploit me badly be­fore chang­ing Poly (6) 23 Point to another blow in the joint (5) 24 Pale colour could be a bloomer! (4) 25 Be­long­ing to oth­ers in that place, we hear (5)

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