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The Saturday Paper - - Contents | The Week - El­iz­a­beth Flux Mungo MacCal­lum

ACROSS

1. Top mu­sic group, Ban­danna (8)

5. Harm Ital­ian male cou­ple (6) 10. Stu­dents of hu­man­ity – but they make ex­cuses about the rugged north! (15)

11. Hung around, but sup­ported (5,2)

12. Nolan needs a rope for his dinghy (7)

13. Broad­cast with a doc­tor’s group – it goes back to al­co­holic drink! (3,5)

15. Sol­dier with 2000 English – a cer­tain win! (5)

18. Lo­cal of­fi­cial – it’s about the first lady (5)

20. Be­come an in­sect, they said –

but it’s huge! (8)

23. Ro­dent that ram­bles in New

Or­leans (7)

25. A swin­dle – ob­serve, sig­nify an ad­di­tion to the orig­i­nal mean­ing (7)

26. Insider li­aisons, per­haps – the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Peter Dut­ton? (8,7)

27. Stick the com­piler, they say –

it’s just too dark! (6)

28. Refuges for the woman, 50,

with dis­turbed rest (8)

DOWN

1. The man, a bum, car­ries the dead (6)

2. Writer is English – make it of­fi­cial (9)

3. Te­dium in the bed­room (7) 4. Must be a cold crab! (5) 6. Mak­ing faces while bash­ing and rob­bing vic­tims (7) 7. Pos­ses­sion of id­iot alien (5) 8. Books of parks and recre­ation ar­eas (8)

9. Hit and run – care­less! (8)

14. Gen­uine about arse? Prove the

con­trary! (8)

16. Re­mote, ob­scure – it has en­ergy, a shoot­ing star! (9) 17. Ve­hi­cle with a bell – or hik­ing (8)

19. Te­dious hes­i­ta­tion, com­plained Spooner – but you need it to lis­ten (7)

21. Pay­ing at­ten­tion, but at­tempt­ing mild fun (7)

22. Catches sight – or sound, or

smell, for that mat­ter (6)

24. Drunk, to be un­der (5)

25. Cold, but reck­less – a col­li­sion!

(5)

So­lu­tion next week

MUNGO MacCAL­LUM is the au­thor of The Good, the Bad & the Un­likely: Aus­tralia’sPrime Min­is­ters.

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