Malta Independent

Crossword

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ACROSS

1. Person with long experience (3-5) 5. Group of parties or countries who have formed an alliance (4) 8. Barks shrilly (4) 9. Refrained from yielding (8) 10. Prime minister (7) 12. One who looks after elderly persons in a home (5) 15. Discharge a gun (5) 16. Displaying informatio­n as numerals (7) 20. Somehting that has been overlooked (8) 21. Joint between thigh and lower part of human leg (4) 22. Playthings (4) 23. Small parrot with long tail (8)

DOWN

1. Mythical mountain, home of the Greek gods (7) 2. Of two parts (5) 3. Blend gradually (5) 4. Slice of bread rebaked (4) 6. Form of religious ritual (7) 7. Drink made from fermented apple juice (5) 11. Nitwit (5) 12. Hold on by grasping (5) 13. Honour greatly (7) 14. Accumulate (7) 15. Not long from end to end (5) 17. Division of target next to bull's-eye (5) 18. Stretched tightly (5) 19. Speech defect in which the 's' is pronounced like 'th' in thin (4)

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