THE CROSS­WORD

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CRYP­TIC CLUES ACROSS 1 Nero's cousin, rep­re­sented as an ex­pert judge (11)

9 Dif­fi­cult per­son turn­ing sour (7) 10 Ves­sel in dock (5)

11 Fret work in the Mid­dle East (4) 12 Re­duc­tion, as in­cluded in the or­der (8) 14 A heav­enly drink (6)

16 Bill has a lit­tle money, in a man­ner of speak­ing (6)

18 Unau­tho­rised de­mand for sus­pen­sion (5,3) 19 Sports spec­ta­tors that could be barred (4) 22 It goes to the head of state (5)

23 Firm has deficit - one in large fig­ures (7) 24 To­day might be your birth­day (7,4)

Down

2 The solo pi­lot is at an ad­van­tage (3,2)

3 A time when there are most strikes? (4)

4 Is put to a va­ri­ety of uses in pub­li­ca­tions (6) 5 Take away the ground from un­der one's feet? (8)

6 Go back to score an ad­van­tage over a fel­low player? (7)

7 Vul­gar lo­cal­ity, lack­ing dis­tinc­tion (11)

8 A scene that I re-write for use in the the­atre (11)

13 Lots of beat­ings (8)

15 Sort of map to study on a jour­ney (7)

17 Be able to re­peat a vig­or­ous dance (6)

20 A mass ris­ing on the In­dian bor­der (5) 21 Un­in­ter­est­ing piece of scenery (4) QUICK CLUES ACROSS

1 Ter­ri­fy­ing (4-7)

9 Ex­press ap­proval of (7)

10 Gal­vanise (5)

11 A wild goat (4)

12 On the run (8)

14 A cured ham (6)

16 Some­what (6)

18 Coated with plas­ter (8)

19 En­cour­age in wrong­do­ing (4)

22 Mea­sure of fine­ness of gold (5)

23 Co­erce (7)

24 Cul­pa­ble (11)

DOWN 2 Gen­er­ous in scope (5)

3 Wan­der (4)

4 Fer­vour (6)

5 Stay­ing alive (8)

6 Foster (7)

7 A re­deem­ing qual­ity (6,5)

8 Shrill (11)

13 Im­pe­tus (8)

15 Dog of mixed breed­ing (7)

17 Grassy field (6)

20 A thin soup (5)

21 Eq­ui­table (4)

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