CRYP­TIC CLUES

Evening Express (City Final) - - Teabreak -

ACROSS

1 Lady’s bloomer is a catas­tro­phe (8)

5 But­ter beans, how cap­i­tal! (4)

9 Jokes don’t start with grades (5)

10 Nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment where Tabitha astray (7)

Ap­plaud stu­dent in head­wear (4) Dis­miss mem­bers with guns (8) Bother to put old ves­sel in well (6) Com­fort­able against per­son taunt­ing (2,4)

Sport­ing Post an­gry at drinks counter (8)

Look in the morn­ing for fer­tile soil (4) Ten turn to dance game (7) French leader isn’t com­monly dim (5) Beast still be­fore one (4)

Song could make a girl mad (8)

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DOWN

1 Cord I knot­ted in Greek style (5)

2 Some socks and also shoes (7)

3 Re­alise that doc­tor has no ec­stasy (4)

4 At­ti­tude around north re­lat­ing to race (6)

6 Bury’s sea­son not kick­ing off (5)

7 Stage per­former ex­changes tie with star (7)

Ex­presses dis­ap­proval of ar­ti­cles (7) Boy re­tains ques­tion for states­man (7) Artist with joint mar­shal (7)

Riga don made wor­ship­ful (7) Au­thor, one with a flower (6) Evenly poach treat for eight mu­si­cians (5)

Car test by the Span­ish mo­torist’s stopover (5)

Fly­ers re­turn­ing to a dis­tant place (4) 8 13 14 16 17 19

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