Prize-win­ning crossword

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When all the answers are in place, the let­ters in squares 1 to 6, then the odd-num­bered squares from 7 to 31, will spell out the com­ple­tion of this quo­ta­tion from gar­den­ing writer Syd­ney Ed­di­son: ‘Gardens are a…’.

ACROSS

8 Fa­mous Ox­ford mu­seum, based on the col­lec­tions of the Trades­cants (9) 9 Strong de­sire or im­pulse (4) 10 Sur­name of TV’s Del and Rod­ney (7) 12 Of fruits and seeds, with the outer cov­er­ing or pod re­moved (6) 13 Lyric poem (3) 14 Flow­ing out, as the tide (6) 17 Mid­dle East­ern coun­try, cap­i­tal Bagh­dad (4) 18 Male monarch (4) 19 Lu­bri­cates (4) 20 ___ anise, fruit used in Asian cook­ery (4) 21 Old coin worth 21 shillings (6) 22 Spike of corn, per­haps (3) 24 Con­fer holy or­ders on (6) 26 Charge a Pres­i­dent, per­haps, with mis­con­duct (7) 30 Banana genus (4) 31 Bea­tles song, and an award-win­ning va­ri­ety of rose (9)

DOWN

1 Quick (4) 2 US state with cap­i­tal Colum­bus (4) 3 Un­der­ground part of a plant (4) 4 Un­der­ground rail­way in Paris (5) 5 Of a bird, in flight (2,3,4) 6 Mean­ing of the botan­i­cal term plenus (4) 7 Will­ing, or pleas­ant (9) 11 One who makes fit­ted clothes by hand (6) 15 Wild flower of the Ra­nun­cu­lus genus (9) 16 1995 James Bond film (9) 17 Set fire to (6) 23 Wash away soap with clean wa­ter (5) 25 Not at home (4) 27 ‘Maris ___’, lordly potato va­ri­ety? (4) 28 Very im­por­tant per­son’s as­sis­tant (4) 29 ___ carnosa, the wax flower (4)

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