Crossword

No 1,529

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Food Sarah Wilson -

£500 TO BE WON

TO EN­TER Com­plete the crossword and count how many times the let­ter ‘A’ ap­pears in the grid. Text YOU fol­lowed by a space, your an­swer (the num­ber of ‘A’s) and name to 65700, eg, YOU 9 Sue Smith. Texts cost £1 plus your stan­dard net­work rate. Or tele­phone 0905 652 2141 and leave your an­swer and de­tails. Calls cost £1 plus your tele­phone com­pany’s net­work ac­cess charge. Or post your en­try to YOU Crossword No 1,529, PO Box 3451, Nor­wich NR7 7NR. En­tries will be ac­cepted un­til 11.59pm on Fri­day 24 Fe­bru­ary. One ran­dom win­ner from all cor­rect en­tries will win £250 and five run­ners-up will win £50 each. If you en­ter after the clos­ing date you will not be in­cluded but may still be charged. Phone and text helpline: 0808 272 0808. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied by phone within 14 days. So­lu­tion in two weeks.

ACROSS

6 Fine state of health or spir­its? (6) 8 The sil­ver medal po­si­tion (6-2) 10 Push, prod (5) 11 Un­der­stand­ing or com­pre­hen­sion you might want 1 to be quick on (6) 2 12 Piece of 3 jew­ellery as­so­ci­ated with be­trothal (4) 13 Out of favour (9) 15 (and 25 across, 1 down) Area un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion and sovereignty of the UK (7,8,9) 17 Ex­trem­ist, zealot (7) 19 Im­pres­sion (9) 22 Wa­ter around a cas­tle for its de­fence (4) 23 Foot pedal in a (man­ual) car (6) 24 Savour, rel­ish, sam­ple (5) 25 See 15 across 26 Deadly (6)

DOWN

See 15 across De­layed (4,2) Sup­plant, fore­stall – es­pe­cially in a game of bridge (3-4) 4 A 15, 25 across and 1 down (8) 5 _____ and Caicos Is­lands: a 15, 25 across and 1 down (5) 7 Sen­tence or phrase that is dif­fi­cult to ar­tic­u­late clearly and quickly (6,7) 9 Di­ver­sion, amuse­ment (13) 14 A 15, 25 across and 1 down (9) 16 Dis­re­garded, ne­glected (8) 18 Reverie, pipe dream, fairy tale (7) 20 Af­front, out­rage, snub (6) 21 Ma­jor-Gen­eral Robert _____ of In­dia, who lived from 1725 to 1774 (5)

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