The cross­word

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CRYP­TIC CLUES ACROSS

1 Game for bas­ket­ball ex­perts? (6)

4 Burn slowly, soon be­gin­ning to turn to dust (8)

9 You’ll find this ad­mi­ral in the hold (6) 10 Send a let­ter to can­cel a bad debt (5,3) 12 Part of the car­case the lion chewed up (4) 13 Cov­ers a hun­dred birds (5) 14 Can­teen stew? (4)

17 Schemes put for­ward for places (12) 20 No sane per­son is ex­pected to as­sume it (12) 23 Em­ployed you and me and an­other chap (4) 24 Quick to feel pain (5)

25 Nitwit left in bed (4)

28 Com­pany worker needs strict con­trol (4,4) 29 Nigel’s seen about one (6) 30 Em­ploy­ment cut with­out hes­i­ta­tion (8) 31 Stout chap in Span­ish Par­lia­ment (6)

Down

1 She con­fuses peo­ple about a cou­ple of points (8)

2 A sticky sweet (8)

3 It’s wrong to raise the pace (4) 5 Tri­umph by right though it may be in­de­ci­sive (5,7)

6 Ca­pa­ble of schem­ing (2,2)

7 His job is to trans­fer stock (6)

8 Deny an um­pire em­ploy­ment (6) 11 Their own­ers should be able to present a rea­son­able case (7,5)

15 Fur cov­ers one an­i­mal (5)

16 In­sert in a song (5)

18 Star as a roof-raiser? (8)

19 Speaks with ini­tial dif­fi­culty (8)

21 Very loud in or­der to an­noy (6)

22 Its pas­sen­gers will be late (6) 26 Young bird lack­ing the knowl­edge to be fash­ion­able (4)

27 The old queen was so idle (4)

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