BARE BONES

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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.640, 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.639 is Karen Gal­lagher, Tal­laght, Dublin 24.

Across

1 Can but point – build­ing used in an emer­gency (Two words) 9 Sum­mer es­capades around lake 10 Cathy cap­sized a boat 11 Foot­baller’s girl­friend back with new bite 12 Preda­tor and Greek char­ac­ter man­aged to get a laugh 14 Hand tool of­ten found in the works 16 Ac­count made about un­known col­lege 18 A week to find room – that’s tricky 21 Draw right in­te­rior for a bas­ket 22 Some ice cream causes a rev­e­la­tion 24 Sec­ond cir­cuit is a hit 25 Heard pun­ish­ment also clever for first sib­lings (Three words)

Down

2 Mov­ing near a sport­ing venue 3 Climber banned sub­stance, hav­ing re­moved gold 4 Stern and gloomy, left out 5 Add up to a small mea­sure 6 Oculist ini­tially rang about the eye, say 7 Bidet or­dered with ec­cen­tric method of pay­ment (Two words) 8 Con­front the best sort of cos­metic (Two words) 13 Join found in the ma­te­rial 15 Stop a woman hold­ing a hand 17 Teach­ing mother to fol­low pet 19 Sweat break­ing out? Rub­bish 20 Re­port­edly give no­tice when ex­hausted 22 At home af­ter his last of­fence 23 Ap­pear­ing to have some­thing to eat

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