CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

The Gympie Times - - PUZZLES & COMICS -

Across

1. Frolic leaves the par­lia­men­tar­ian with an al­ter­na­tive to re­turn (4)

3. The cow, when sur­rounded with some­thing to eat, blos­somed (8)

9. This singer will get a high score (7)

10. Could not hold on, so got the sack (3,2)

11. To smooth things over have a night on the town (2,7,3) 13. Bossy and walks side­ways? (6) 15. Mes­sen­ger, we hear, may pop up in an Amer­i­can’s gar­den (6)

17. Misquote rank a make an un­known (8,4)

20. No hor­nets are house trained. So farewell to them (5)

21. PC Peter has moral in­struc­tion (7) 22. The slovenly woman from Ren­tal St. (8)

23. Ed­i­fi­ca­tion is non fic­tion. Now there’s a thought (4)

Down

1. About the find­ing out mis­sion. We will look into it (8)

2. Chart the French needed to find tree … (5)

4. … there is not a chance if you don’t get one (4-2)

5. Based on good rea­sons – like a good elec­tri­cal earth (4,8)

6. Im­prove core hut with new ad­di­tions (7)

7. Showed how to build part of the boat (4)

8. Sprin­kle the cracker (5-7)

12. Was a big blow-hard in In­done­sia (8)

14. Maul Ian with corun­dum (7) 16. Skinny in the wa­ter and big in the sky (6)

18. Change the last word on the first of De­cem­ber (5)

19. Sup­port­ers get the wind up (4)

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