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.
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)
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