Cryp­tic Across

North & South - - Puzzles -

1. Lass a gang mem­ber in her youth (8) 7. Take re­spon­si­bil­ity in ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neer­ing the pinot noir (5) 8. The sense­less­ness of stayin’ in (8) 9. Too far away to hear, dummy (5) 10. Put un­der pres­sure to tear around then go out­side (8) 12. Eats dog’s break­fast in South Korea (4) 14. He let Madrid be­come Tolkien’s hide­away (6,5) 18. What al­ways goes with wax? … (4) 20. … make word-play with it. I have, be­ing vin­dic­tive (8) 22. Pen­e­trat­ing soft flesh (5) 23. Anx­ious to get the tarts to re­flect (8) 24. Shrewd but un­con­ven­tional, Nancy … (5) 25. … and a crew per­formed a haka (3,5)

Cryp­tic Down

1. Sand at the cross­roads? Why, that’s pretty tough (6) 2. Check what’s left of the bad weather (8) 3. One way to break into the frus­trat­ing par­lia­men­tary record (7) 4. Strange, un­fa­mil­iar route (5) 5. Wave to the loafer about to be put inside (7) 6. An ep­i­thet for where you’ll hear plenty of bull is float­ing

in the gold-miner’s pan. I should know! (7) 11. Born … (3) 13. … leader who loved be­ing PM re­turns thanks in front

of broth­ers, un­cles etc, and off­spring (8) 14. Har­bour … (7) 15. … plunge taken by scented delin­quent (7) 16. Drink up mate (3) 17. A taste of Sam­buca, please, as I need a change (7) 19. One English of­fi­cer bent without Chris­tian guid­ance,

one led astray (6) 21. Cult ra­dio show­cases ex­trem­ist (5)

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