The Chronicle

Gi­ant Cross­word

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Across

9 Past its prime, as the old trum­pet is? (9) 10 Sud­denly it’s not in dribs and drabs (3,2,4) 12 It’s blind, dear (4) 13 Drifts right in, be­comes a per­ma­nency (6) 14 Ad­ver­tise­ment for ‘The Lag­gard’ (7) 15 Air hole a tile was moved to cre­ate (9) 17 It’s clear one’s got the hints (9) 18 Are re­vamp­ing the is­sue, one de­duces (7) 19 Soft, one went on to say, be­ing cush­ioned (6) 20 The port is a local one (4) 23 All cer­tain it’s healthy (9) 25 Rather old friends (7,2) 26 Say the hail will be fol­lowed by rain (4) 27 The best run­ner (6) 29 So ex­cited one couldn’t keep still? (7) 32 Over­shoot the green badly, though not with the driver (9) 34 When back, the ship­per dis­posed of the gems (9) 35 Are put into a home - the one eas­i­est to travel to (7) 36 Not the lit­tle woman! (6) 37 Up to the B in ‘bev­er­age’ (4) 38 Is­sue more than the oth­ers - the max­i­mum (9) 39 Is a bet­ter paint re­mover than? (9)

Down

1 As­tound the keen vi­olin­ist? (4,4) 2 Not pes­ter­ing - the hermit, to change his way of life? (7,5) 3 De­picts as sin­is­ter ra­di­a­tions (8) 4 Catch­ing the sun is silly - down­right crazy (6) 5 In an­swer to the chal­lenge, the twit raised the weapon (8) 6 Re­gards as cham­pi­ons, with­out ex­cep­tion (3,3,4) 7 Opens up and one gets in with dif­fi­culty (7) 8 A hol­low ‘Hard times for ev­ery­body’ (10) 11 Point out only that it’s man-made (5) 16 Pressed on and I got angry about (6) 19 The dessert sounds good (3) 21 The soft­est of all does, per­haps (6,6) 22 Will delve about in, you con­clude (6) 23 Keep­ing quiet while one’s clinch­ing the deal (8,2) 24 A re­quire­ment, due to in­debt­ed­ness (10) 25 Gather you must re­lease the fish (3) 28 Guar­an­tees, when the bat­tle rages (8) 29 Well-versed in games, one main­tains (8) 30 Find you don’t need to make the dis­tri­bu­tion (8) 31 Got her back to read anew and gave an­other au­di­tion (7) 33 Be sur­prised by the open­ing (5) 34 It could be spring wa­ter, child (6)

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