BARE BONES

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - GET PUZZLING! -

Our Bare Bones Cross­word is unique be­cause you have to com­plete the grid – num­bers and squares – as well. We have in­serted four black squares and four clue num­bers to get you go­ing. The cross­word has a four-way sym­me­try: both top and bot­tom and left and right match, so you can fill in 12 more squares straight away. There is a prize of a Collins Pocket Th­e­saurus. Send your so­lu­tion to: Bare Bones Puz­zle No.635, The Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day, PO Box 5332, Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2. En­tries must ar­rive by Fri­day (pho­to­copies not ac­cepted). The win­ner of Bare Bones No.634 is Sa­muel Mar­tin, Coote­hill, Co. Ca­van.

Across

1 In­tox­i­cated by Bri­tish game of chance 4 A great deal of snow is float­ing 9 Vol­un­teers send­ing cabs round? Sauce! 12 A row about the Span­ish stu­dio 14 Some bread for a swan 15 Nui­sance com­ing back, tak­ing turn to pro­tect 16 Tapas turned out to be Ital­ian food 17 Each are dif­fer­ent, caus­ing pain 18 Enough av­o­ca­dos to con­tain waste 20 Search hur­riedly to find a firearm 22 Not any over­heard a de­vout woman 23 Coun­try air­ing prob­lem with eastern front 25 Hard of the French crowd to re­move bishop 27 Set of in­struc­tions about mixed spice? Not ini­tially 28 Qual­i­fi­ca­tion, to an ex­tent

Down

2 Scales are cal­i­brated in the mid­dle 3 Twitch at see­ing cor­rect sign un­com­pleted 5 Party time comes to a full stop 6 Cooks ac­com­pa­ni­ment for a burger 7 The­atre worker gets a strange round of ap­plause (Two words) 8 Pause, yet to cover costs (Two words) 10 Son or­dered a cider and a cock­tail 11 Old ve­hi­cle at home with a prim­i­tive in­stru­ment 12 Leave sailor and as­sis­tant wast­ing en­ergy 13 Sov­er­eign ruler in tem­per, or­di­nar­ily 19 Vic­tory over fever un­clear 21 Short story is loud and ca­pa­ble 24 Italy’s first prime minister turned into a ras­cal 26 Take lib­er­ties with Amer­i­can English

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