THE CRYP­TIC:

The Saturday Paper - - The Week Contents - Mungo MacCal­lum

ACROSS

1. Wild bear right be­side Aus­tralian ter­ri­tory – in­con­gru­ous! (8)

6. Part of the foot keep­ing cor­rect time? (6)

9. African beast – hy­brid de­signed for walk­ers (5,8)

10. Madly as­pire to adu­la­tion (6) 11. Pol­ish one – try for a pure one! (8)

13. Paint alone? Wrong – for this sweet three colours are needed (10)

15. A lot of breeze headed off for the 500 race (4)

16. Back­ward, crazy – knock

un­con­scious (4)

18. Hair­cut­ters dance – may in­clude a quar­tet! (6,4)

21. Passes over stern and big­oted con­ser­va­tives (8)

22. Taxes for­mer deeds (6)

23. I re­quire a late meal (6,7)

25. Fire­place – cen­tre hot! (6)

26. Get­ting caught mak­ing

sausages? (8)

DOWN

2. Weird mar­ket re­port (7) 3. A drink for lago­morphs? But it’s against the rules (6,5) 4. Sur­prise! A 14! (5)

5. Pain more ter­ri­ble in ex­plo­sive com­pound (7)

6. Take cover – use care in sun (9)

7. Ital­ians say yes round a thou­sand for win­ter sport (3) 8. New an­gle, but ini­tially no deal for the north­ern na­tion (7)

12. Pop­u­lar in days gone by, a ruler is metic­u­lous (11)

14. Bar thinly explored, but it’s hard to find your way out! (9) 17. At­tempts time and English in Ital­ian city (7)

19. Fights against dif­fi­cult sis­ters (7)

20. Goon act per­formed in reg­u­lar

shape (7)

22. Oc­ca­sional ac­tor – may be

wide of the mark (5)

24. For­mer for­eign min­is­ter not

right for the ve­hi­cle (3)

So­lu­tion next week

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