CRYPTIC CROSSWORD no 1,173

For to­day’s so­lu­tions, text CLUE fol­lowed by the clue (eg: ‘CLUE 1 Down’) to 53307

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Across 1 Have skill with nearly ev­ery­one on wa­ter­way (5). 4 Fe­males in gen­eral know of elm fash­ion­ing (9). 9 Evil in purest form, ready for game (9). 10 Good-na­tured around English rel­a­tive (5). 11 Au­to­mat­i­cally ap­proved games of bridge pressed down (6-7). 14 Sit up­right for in­ci­den­tal ben­e­fit (4). 15 Slan­der­ous defama­tion of master taking po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion (10). 18 Ex­cel­lent thing to re­move hat in greet­ing, dis­grun­tled (7,3). 19 Mis­led taking edges off small ter­ri­tory (4). 21 In full con­trol of South, SDLP sees foes routed (4-9). 24 Cant for time on fa­bled ship (5). 25 De­struc­tion of sport by one coun­try (9). 27 Con­tract­ing a book cov­er­ing with roof tiles (9). 28 Man­ner or way English see back­wards (5). Down 1 Spy Re­becca work­ing in In­ter­net area (10). 2 Put on back­wards and make a care­less mis­take (3). 3 Hang around to see it, with ex­pres­sion of in­de­ci­sion (6). 4 Hold out for the way one must hire the Aviva? (9). 5 Is­land not avail­able for Bib­li­cal food drop (5). 6 Game played in pen­nies — not Euro­pean (8). 7 Is too for­mal, per­haps, where fash­ion­istas get ex­cited (11). 8 Wail with en­thu­si­asm (4). 12 A surgery lab con­verted? Sweet! (6,5). 13 Those present given timely or­der to shake a leg? (10). 16 Dis­turb­ing fash­ion­able din­ing — there’s no an­swer! (9). 17 Lonely ladies at doc­tor (8). 20 They’re strict, say, in trans­port ve­hi­cles (6). 22 Is Rap over­turned by In­dian im­mi­grant? (5). 23 Early days in big city for monk (4). 26 Ever­green clas­si­cal his­to­rian loses head (3). So­lu­tion to Sun­day In­de­pen­dent Cryptic Crossword no 1,172 Across: 1 Pictorial; 6 Steal; 9 Dead end; 10 Knowall; 11 Manic; 12 Ge­neal­ogy; 13 Thi­amine; 15 Cast; 19 Rare; 20 Holocene; 23 Mod­er­a­tor; 24 Franc; 26 Cha­p­ati; 27 Tit­mice; 28 Amend; 29 Ma­chin­ery. Down: 1 Pe­dome­ter; 2 Chain; 3 Over­come; 4 Indi­gent; 5 Lik­ing; 6 Slo­gan; 7 Evap­o­rate; 8 Lolly; 14 Ir­ra­di­ate; 16 Treach­ery; 17 So­cratic; 18 Con­fetti; 21 Er­rand; 22 Atrium; 23 Mecca; 25 Ag­ile. The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent Cryptic Crossword Book, con­tain­ing 60 cross­words, is avail­able for €8.50, in­clud­ing postage. Call (01)8335305 or email glen­bower@iol.ie

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