CRYP­TIC CROSS­WORD

Cape Times - - THE X-FILES -

ACROSS

4 See 12 Ac. 8 Trim the Christ­mas tree (6) 9 Badly trains a fac­tory op­er­a­tive (7) 10 Work in the arena in­di­cat­ing the bound­aries (6) 11 Grad­u­ally take in the im­pli­ca­tions of a synop­sis (6) 12 and 4Ac Ma­noeu­vres that are def­i­nitely off-putting (8,7) 18 Weapons for the team mem­bers (8) 20 It may be paid when there’s sil­ver in the house (6) 21 The first of the strays should be searched for (6) 22 Doesn’t scat­ter the rags all over the place (7) 23 It’s a Span­ish sport to leap wildly about (6) 24 Thugs also in­volved in scraps (7)

DOWN

1 One step show­ing the po­si­tion of the horse­man (7) 2 Oil change re­quired after voy­age to Mediter­ranean sea­port (7) 3 One tin in the pig pen is hardly suf­fi­cient (6) 5 In the present time, a con­nec­tion be­tween banks is cur­tailed (8) 6 Ob­jects to dis­turbed nights (6) 7 Gross or a score, maybe (6) 13 Nice rest is ar­ranged clan­des­tinely (2,6) 14 To use bul­ly­ing tac­tics as a cav­al­ry­man (7) 15 It’s a bit of a fag help­ing to fill this up (3-4) 16 It’s not as a com­po­si­tion could be (6) 17 Se­cured when buf­feted by the waves (6) 19 Bolted to­gether (6)

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