CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Herald on Sunday - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

ACROSS

1. Fright­ful first and last, the out-and-out bet! (7)

6. The bleak can be­gin to thaw! (5)

9. This planet coloured yel­low and green? (5)

10. Told off be­ing con­cerned with these is­lands in bed (7)

11. Make per­ma­nent pro­vi­sion, do, in three ways (5)

12. Something more ap­par­ent when pre­vi­ous spouse re­turns paint­ing (5)

13. With his di­a­bol­i­cal con­duct he will take one on (7)

15. How cour­te­ous it ap­pears in one like past Pope! (6)

16. He has land in the North and den on top of Downs (5)

18. Such clemency could make the writer cry (5)

20. From the menu, say what may be the sys­tem 5)

21. ‘Off,’ then, the un­ac­cept­able? (3,2)

22. Swim­ming gives one two va­ri­eties of sun-bronz­ing (6)

25. Sort of show us in a form of claim (7)

26. March men up and down to ex­plore for oil? (5)

27. Leave wine store first for House (5)

28. Do as another one, see­ing it in a hus­band or wife (7)

29. Lit­tle cre­ations of Louisa May Al­cott’s (5)

30. Man with pipe on board has personal hy­giene prob­lem with Sol (5)

31. Teams the French back with no shade of odds (7)

Down

1. Soon to be friendly and com­mu­nica­tive (11)

2. Flat flower-heads about a thousand blues ar­ranged (6)

3. What supine pa­tient will do with medicine with­out protest! (4,2,5,4)

4. Em­bar­rassed ju­nior of­fi­cer show­ing the flag (3,6)

5. Ac­tu­al­ity of tip-top sor­row (5)

6. Born too soon for one to have such pro­gres­sive ideas! (5,2,4,4)

7. Hen bee­tle? (8)

8. Prepared fi­bres of flax look like be­ing a hitch (3)

14. Li­a­bil­ity to cry makes us fear silent one less (11)

17. Sin­gu­lar data on row from which to judge lev­els (5-4)

19. In rig­ging the steps, learn it’s dif­fer­ent (8)

23. Awk­ward predica­ment, hav­ing a fight with first of en­e­mies (6)

24. A lit­tle African ba­con-sup­plier may ap­pear heart­less (5)

27. Cut square across, up and down (3)

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