Quirky quickie

Sunday Herald Life - - CROSSWORD ETC -

Can you spot the puns in Locum’s first two and last two across clues?

ACROSS

1 Sound like a bee (4) 5 Dif­fi­cult (4) 7 Shifty (7) 8 So­cial­is­tic (4-4) 10 Tramp (4) 12 Au­gur (4) 14 Wicked­ness (8) 16 Watch­ful (8) 17 Al­ways (4) 18 Painful in­flam­ma­tion on the eye­lid (4) 19 The Ber­nese moun­tain­ous re­gion (8) 22 Tax­o­nomic group whose mem­bers can in­ter­breed (7) 23 Lady Jane, nine-days queen (4) 24 Dis­cus­sion (4)

DOWN

1 Bird’s beak (4) 2 The outer skin of citrus fruit, used in cook­ing (4) 3 Early Chris­tian church build­ing (8) 4 Phone (4) 5 Farm build­ing for poul­try (3-5) 6 Ex­tinct bird of Mau­ri­tius (4) 9 Con­ceited and self-cen­tred per­son (7) 11 Boom­ing bird (7) 13 Grand mal (8) 15 Fearless (8) 18 Coarse dark to­bacco; cor­morant (4) 19 Do as you’re told (4) 20 Fi­nal (4) 21 Wa­ter bird (4)

Last week’s so­lu­tion:

Across: 1 Mars, 4 Tricked, 8 Vik­ing, 9 Champ, 11 Holis­tic, 12 Pier, 14 Tot­ter, 16 Arn­hem, 18 Gain, 19 Main­tain, 22 Adieu, 23 Lei­den, 24 Ham­ster, 25 Damn.

Down: 2 Ariel, 3 Spin­ster, 4 Ti­gris, 5 Inch, 6 Knav­ish, 7 De­port­ment, 10 Pho­to­graph, 13 Fren­zied, 15 Tri­tium, 17 Sailor, 20 A-team, 21 Bust.

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