CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

Nelson Mail - - Puzzles -

ACROSS

8. Chop a zag mak­ing cold Span­ish soup (8)

9. Bird with an over-large vic­tim (6)

10. Post­pran­dial, as some speak­ers are (5-6)

11. Took a meal in a tea-room (3)

13. Own one will al­low one to en­ter (5)

15. Re­spect­ful com­pli­ance with the En­gi­neers among the backs (9)

17. Sort of force to greet ten, com­i­cal though it may be (15)

19. A con­duit’s let out to a care­taker (9)

21. Broke the heat­ing ap­pa­ra­tus (5)

23. Set­tle for work be­ing on time (3)

24. Con­fi­dence is guar­an­teed on a Loch (11)

27. Greek Papa fud­dled by Ital­ian brandy (6)

28. Even lads might be en­thralled (8) DOWN

1. Flower, just one of Wordsworth’s host (8)

2. Doesn’t start to back­slide from part of the church (4) 3. Clouds of pounds may have been lost in old Ital­ian money (5) 4. Con­trary ac­tions enu­mer­a­tor takes the size of (15)

5. It’s a coin a head (9)

6. An­thro­poid show­ing up in the pam­pas (3)

7. Sort of cross lan­guages (6)

12. Refuse to ac­cept the right to throw one out (6) 14. En­cour­age en­light­en­ment, by the sound of it (6) 16. Swaps a fel­low for a skilled worker (9)

18. Be­ing be­sieged, pur­chased shares (8)

20. One of two on the cricket field maybe (6)

22. Un­tidy man­u­script? Yes, pos­si­bly (5)

25. Popham? (4)

26. Sort of glass agent (3)

YES­TER­DAY’S SO­LU­TION: Across: 1. Crumb 4. Con­form 8. Over­state­ment 10. Creel 11. Huff 12. Toga 16. Ex­act 17. Or­nithol­o­gist

19. Slen­der 20. Topic

Down: 1. Cooks the books 2. Use 3. Bi­sect 4. Crates 5. Nee­dle

6. Opened out 7. Ma­te­ri­al­is­tic 9. In­flu­ence 13. Seated 14. Favour

15. Ut­most 18. Imp

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