CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

Evening Times - - CITY CENTRE -

ACROSS

1 Ballsier broad­cast tar­geted by Fox News (8) 5 See 26

9/26 Sol­diers’ evis­cer­ated traitor that is thrown to the French at 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (8,6)

10 See 15 Down

11/18/7 Pro­tec­tion op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing ci­ti­zen bound to be heard sup­port­ing this coun­try (8,5,3,8)

13/26 Tell lie in­volv­ing as­sorted cakes at 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Dn (6,6)

14 Eastern bor­ders of his­tor­i­cal dis­pute risk Al­ba­nian cap­i­tal ... (3)

16 ... pre­served and se­cured, hold­ing North­ern bound­aries (6)

19 Pluck goose and tear up the dance floor (3,4) 20 See 19 Down

21 Sup­press even global state (3)

26/5 Wide­spread free art class in 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (6)

27 Qual­ity front-row for­ward at end of game con­verts try (8)

28 Chateau the French pre­pared with ul­ti­mate of taste (6)

29 Tri­umph for butcher – cook­ing done af­ter se­lec­tive slaugh­ter at 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (8)

30 Star eclips­ing Venus from east to west, it’s a com­plex an­swer (6)

31 But­ter went for six in 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (8)

DOWN

1 Pound value drop­ping, ini­tially un­happy chan­cel­lor (6)

2 Mount ini­tial of­fen­sive in­volv­ing Ital­ian leader (6) 3 Al­lowance made for guil­lotined speech (6)

4 I call a doc­tor not au­tho­rised to per­form rites (6) 6 Sculp­tor of Pi­età con­tent to be left in­side, cov­ered over (6-2)

7 See 11 Across

8 What phre­nol­o­gists did, ac­cord­ing to hearsay. To peo­ple with loud shocks? (8)

12 Fail to catch hin­drance to doc­tor be­fore op­er­a­tion (3,4) 15/10 Le­mon mix­ture in gum – 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (3,6)

16 Widow Twankey holds back num­ber of fat ladies (3) 17 Break­fast item is traded, we hear, for swim­mers’ tar­gets? (3-5)

18 See 11 Across

19/20 Ar­gen­tine’s gold ran­sacked in 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (8,6)

22 Toscanini makes a Cen­tral Amer­ica per­form­ing tour (6)

23 Sim­ple pro­gram tech firm con­nected to in­ter­net fi­nally (6)

24/26 Ste­wart, per­haps fol­low­ing lead char­ac­ter in book, ties lace care­lessly at 11Ac 18Dn 7Dn 27Ac (6,6)

25 Re­li­gious book con­verted many in evac­u­ated hos­pi­tal (6)

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