THE CRYP­TIC:

The Saturday Paper - - Contents - Mungo MacCal­lum

ACROSS

1. Gable to per­form a hard roll? (5) 4. Tech, hear, trans­late – but it’s a mis­ery (9) 9. Un­faith­ful hus­band – grown up with two queens! (9) 10. Pretty silly, in an English way (5) 11. Bounder to woo – find a tri­bunal that will con­vict sum­mar­ily (8,5) 14. Loathe Panama and Eng­land (4) 15. Sea­soned the roast lamb in mus­cadet, per­haps (4,6) 18. A stone crab dis­cov­ered in com­pounds – the an­swer to this clue is al­ways sol­u­ble! (10) 19. Fairy for each Ir­ish­man (4) 21. Pro­gres­sive party with a con­ser­va­tive de­serter used for ex­per­i­ments (10,3) 24. Noo­dles found in grandpa’s ta­ble (5) 25. Dry place – charge, it’s a mil­i­tary of­fence! (9) 27. Dodges cats, per­haps, back in the teams (9) 28. Stress­ful present? (5)

DOWN

1. Erase the re­port of Franz Kafka for one – carte blanche for the Amer­i­cans! (5,5) 2. An­te­lope found, but gun ex­plodes (3) 3. Rent the 2001 com­puter – it’s deadly (6) 4. Dam­age di­lap­i­dated icon – a child’s in­stru­ment (9) 5. Tableau rich in con­tain­ing gold (5) 6. Court­room in bru­tal dis­ar­ray (8) 7. Sing, dance, som­er­sault, hug­ging Ital­ian – caught a rooster! (11) 8. The day be­fore nor­mal and level (4) 12. Aus­trian led astray – be­came an Aus­tralian! (11) 13. Amend act – it con­fuses en­try (10) 16. Dis­ser­ta­tions for large plants cov­er­ing up­set for Rama’s wife (9) 17. Avoids sup­port­ing griz­zlies (8) 20. Dull rub­bish – but it can bring the house down! (3,3) 22. Re­move, for in­stance, ris­ing band of at­mo­spheric pres­sure (5) 23. Copies pri­mates (4) 26. Charge one work­ing (3)

So­lu­tion next week

MUNGO MacCAL­LUM is the author of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’s

Prime Min­is­ters.

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