The Chronicle

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

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Across

1. Who’d mix beer with me? It’s a local concoction (4,6)

8. Exceptiona­l, but no cat athletic ability (5)

9. Will make hornets smaller (7)

10. Brought in for security near the end of the day in 21 (13)

11. What a cunning snake does (5)

13. Baffle 21’s target (5)

18. Lacking spirit, make a cad kill Isaac (13)

21. A game insect (7)

22. Poe left in two piece for a second time (5)

23. The irritation­s of a cannon? Yes! (10)

Down

2. Figure a short month in the past at noon (7)

3. The first lady comes to the Northern Territory for a happening (5)

4. Carl, as lascar, is a doubly troubled rogue (6)

5. Lumberjack activity for carving (7)

6. A piece of informatio­n located in the Bermuda tumbleweed (5)

7. Republic of Granny with a degree? (6)

8. Loaned for a fast repayment? (4)

12. Ask Alan about the North American (7)

14. A fruit type is made for the better (7)

15. Bans the high risers (6)

16. Peter has a go at the larder (6)

17. This clue has its sticking point (4)

19. Asian pottery (5)

20. Material for Saint? (5)

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