Crossword

Country Life Every Week - - 109 -

A prize of £15 in book to­kens will be awarded for the first cor­rect so­lu­tion opened. So­lu­tions must reach Crossword No 4468, Coun­try Life, Pine­hurst II, Pine­hurst Road, Farn­bor­ough Busi­ness Park, Farn­bor­ough, Hamp­shire GU14 7BF, by

Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 28. UK en­trants only.

ACROSS

1. Oddly, he’s guarded cows for a no­ble­man’s widow (7, 7) 8. Dis­patch that goes with a bang? (6) 9. Table­land where gold is found by South Amer­i­can river (7) 12. Some­thing sworn in Pashto at Herat? (4) 13. Dad hire head­gear? It’s Mum’s and Dad’s re­spon­si­bil­ity (10) 15. Wild crea­ture? Archdea­con ob­served about nine (5) 16. Sports of­fi­cials who write tes­ti­mo­ni­als? (8) 17. In­cline head, see­ing re­tired lec­turer (3) 18. Bounded across head of corn, like some rab­bits (3-5) 20. Get rid of brush­wood (5) 23. Im­pos­ing con­di­tions in Paris that bind univer­sity (10) 24. Wicked­ness not recorded in re­tire­ment (4) 26. Bill and I raced back, get­ting raunchy lit­er­a­ture (7) 27. Some­thing rigid 16 dn as­so­ci­ated with sheep? (6) 28. What a per­se­ver­ing judge may do—or a busy one! (3,3, 3, 5)

DOWN

2. Make ex­ces­sive de­mands on bull cross­ing green area? (7) 3. A ves­sel ini­tially on river at Strat­ford (4) 4. Catch in French car­riage (6) 5. Re­duced power al­lowed to block ac­tion (8) 6. Her cu­rate’s drunk a green or yel­low liqueur (10) 7. Make ring­ing noise, be­ing thor­oughly fit? (5,2, 1, 4) 10. Ab­scond, up­set­ting Eastern Euro­pean (5) 11. Study aroma of val­ley—it’s get­ting bet­ter (12) 14. Spa­niard orig­i­nally seen in a lan­dau, per­haps (10) 16. Perch, pos­si­bly, once caught with this? (3) 17. Change of ac­tors ab­sorb­ing end of this bulletin (8) 19. Play­ing this in­stru­ment may not be one’s forte! (5) 21. Per­son paint­ing old in­stru­ment, one mak­ing pasta (7) 22. Has­ten to sup­press a cry of joy (6) 25. Self-sat­is­fied, giv­ing sweets up! (4)

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