Last Week’s Cryptic

The Saturday Paper - - Contents - MUNGO MacCAL­LUM is the au­thor of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’s Prime Min­is­ters.

ACROSS 1. Pine Cove, pro­ducer of Hi­awatha (10)

7. Mu­sic with English – John or Paul, per­haps (4)

9. Up a camel? Ab­surd, I’m sorry (3,5)

10. Cas­tle that is very green (6)

11. Loves be­ing in­volved in

tor­nado re­search (6)

13. Re­moved the din­ner? Well

mer­ited (8)

14. Owned a cob of corn – the girl went very close! (3,1,4,4) 17. Jan­uary 5, im­mor­talised by Shake­speare (7,5)

20. Megas­tar co­me­di­ans re­turn to sur­round Barack Obama, for one (8)

21. Sum­mer fruit – call out around

that woman (6)

22. X worker, a lodger (6)

23. 11 con­sume on the old

fash­ioned sofa (4,4)

25. Short va­ca­tion to keep

Aus­tralian in the pen (4)

26. Tall build­ing re­con­structed

from cy­press ark (10) DOWN 2. Go into debt af­ter stale­mate (8)

3. Good for credit, they called it – eco­nomic melt­down of the last decade (1,1,1)

4. 51 in Ernie, Have­lock or Bob (5)

5. Hero’s partner, the French and a queen (7)

6. Writer has merit, but dims badly in­side (9)

7. Mu­tant viper ogress leftie! (11) 8. Pre­pared a num­ber di­vis­i­ble with its only fac­tors one and it­self – 500! (6)

12. Any race riot suit­able for a right winger (11)

15. Ab­hor for­mer English box

(9)

16. A dearth – a brief time (8)

18. Gross friend, but deadly (7)

19. Trans­mit­ted again – grum­ble!

(6)

21. 101599 deal­ing with town­ships

(5)

24. The main clue (3)

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