CRYP­TIC PUZ­ZLE NO. 7553

Hastings Leader - - Gardening -

ACROSS

6. And, as the tide’s about to turn, get out of the way (5,5). 8. For the land, it’s very good to have rain seep through (4). 9. Class of civil ser­vants to be? (4). 10. Bring back a sales­man: Amer­i­can and very good (5). 11. The frame is from South­wood (4). 12. Will try to get at the fel­lows trapped in­side (9). 16. The per­form­ers find the lock in the case forced (9). 20. When the time comes to go off, run (4). 22. De­mand as a right (5). 23. The man fol­lowed one, but not from the wood (4). 24. Is due to the ar­tic­u­la­tion of the vow­els (4). 25. Pete got up­set a lit­tle about what one said last night (5,5).

DOWN

1. On the way over, wor­ried, did all one could (6). 2. Buck up, man: I pre­pared a new brew of tea (7). 3. Heard, not plain as plain can be, the word “cab” (6). 4. Have the boy pop back to get an ap­ple (6). 5. Is told it’s a share-out (5). 7. Slip on some­thing and they give one first aid (5). 13. Have a snack in the theatre? (3). 14. What to take for a sprain, I find out (7). 15. Caught, blearily, the word “host” (5). 17. The boxes, when the car crashed, got up­set (6). 18. Make an­other record­ing of in English, to take fa­ther back (6). 19. It takes ages to get the child into the new pose (6). 21. Equally pre­pared to raise the girl (5).

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