Times Colonist

PUZZLE NO. 10,692

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ACROSS

1. Strangely fine moral story, but quite beyond expression (9) 8. Would still be solitary with fifty more (3) 9. Knowledge being assembled, perhaps (3) 11. Ease the lot of about 51 with first wife (7) 12. This part of the

Across: tyre is a foot down (5) 13. Send away to cut off an appendage? (6) 15. Pay the bill and stop flitting around! (6) 17. Authoritat­ive standards and not quite manuscript addition (5) 18. Puts some water in enclosures for mother animals (7) 20. Insurance man who ought to make more use of his pen? (11) 22. Fault-finding horse? (3) 23. In the act of employing communists (3-6)

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2. She is separate amongst women undoubtedl­y (3) 3. Where the blacksmith shows he’s dishonest? (5) 4. They give support in pairs (6) 5. Letter taken from set pile (7) 6. The satisfacti­on expressed by northern campers in bed (11) 7. Top gear, as it

were (4-5) 10. Come to nothing, being loud the whole of the time (4,7) 11. Turned and made

superfluou­s (9) 14. As one with particular advantage, he’s obviously not on edge (7) 16. Loved giving colour to a jollificat­ion (6) 19. Could spoil one to

take on a girl (5) 21. The first woman on the night before (3)

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