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Pretoria News - - THE X-FILES - CRYPTIC QUICK

Fri­day’s so­lu­tions:

Across: 1 Penny pinches. 9 Sput­nik. 10 Gal­leys. 11 Rud­der­less. 12 Oboe. 14 Ma­nure. 16 Deca­dent. 18 Rambu­tan. 19 Darken. 22 Shed. 23 Brain­child. 26 Gath­ers. 27 Baliff. 28 For the record.

Down: 1 Pound. 2 Non­fer­rous. 3 Yokels. 4 Ingested. 5 Calf. 6 Even break. 7 Ashram. 8 As­pect. 13 Maraschino. 15 Num­ber two. 17 Fair isle. 18 Re­sign. 20 Nod off. 21 Nim­ble. 24 Iliad. 25 Debt.

Fri­day’s so­lu­tions:

Across: 1 Ab­bre­vi­a­tion. 9 Air­port. 10 Thrifty. 11 Break­wa­ter. 12 Scab. 14 Rus­set. 16 Girl­hood. 18 Pan­demic. 19 Kenyan. 22 Claw. 23 Re­stricted. 26 Ed­i­fice. 27 Rangers. 28 Con­va­les­cent.

Down: 1 Agree. 2 Book­keeper. 3 En­trap. 4 In­trepid. 5 Turf. 6 Ol­fac­tory. 7 Cam­ber. 8 Hy­brid. 13 Al­le­giance. 15 San Marino. 17 Side­real. 18 Pocket. 20 Nud­ist. 21 Uterus. 24 Theft. 25 Kiev.

ACROSS

1 Aw­ful cad did ten miles in a race like the mile (6,8) 10 Old-fash­ioned pic­ture of bot­tom­less pit in the deep (5)

11 Ap­pe­tiser work­ing against for­mer love (9)

12 Blood group sug­gest­ing lobe per­ished while still healthy (4-6)

13 Swanky junk shop (4) 15 Net­work miss­ing fi­nal cru­cial tool (6)

17 Treat­ment unit in en­demic dis­or­ders (8) 20 Scan­dalise out­siders, re­veal­ing their age was slow­ing them down (8) 21 Go­ing out to gather cork tip from tree (6)

23 Academy thought to keep tra­di­tion (4)

24 Not talk­ing about the wildest dream on record (10) 27 Come un­stuck by the way hog ex­plodes with anger (2,7)

28 Clumsy but fash­ion­able pet op­er­a­tion (5)

29 TOP AND TAIL MADE THE POST (7,7)

ACROSS

1 Prover­bally hor­i­zon­tal and even (4,2,1,7)

10 Make a speech (5) 11 Pel­lets fired from a can­non (9)

12 Suf­fer­ing from ex­ces­sive wa­ter loss (10)

13 Hen (4)

15 Bawdy (6)

17 Stag­nate through an op­pres­sive rou­tine (8) 20 Spit out food while laugh­ing (8)

21 Gov­ern­ment of­fice or depart­ment (6)

23 Pol­ish, shine (4) 24 Mem­ber of the species Homo sapi­ens (5,5) 27 Tak­ing in food (9) 28 Large quan­ti­ties of writ­ten ma­te­rial (5) 29 Elu­ci­da­tion, ex­pla­na­tion (14)

DOWN

2 Drive petrol­head un­der mile af­ter smash­ing (5)

3 Still have life to re­alise aspi­ra­tion as an artist? (4,6) 4 Dash ev­ery se­cond of dash in big game (6) 5 Nei­ther wasted pen­nies when owing money (2,3,3) 6 Class seen in va­ri­ety per­for­mance (4)

7 New moon’s sov­er­eign health warn­ing (2,7)

8 Time and en­ergy to chop and change (5)

9 Cur­rent air­less con­di­tions of Egyp­tian neigh­bours (8) 14 Note a cat­a­logue of un­adorned fash­ion (10) 16 Work pitched as trainee po­si­tion (9)

18 Great­ness in space or in hos­til­ity (8)

19 Not ready to face sin­gle line and wrin­kle (2,6) 22 Past era once dis­puted be­tween eggheads (6) 23 Con­jur­ing up three wise men be­fore the be­gin­ning of Christ­mas (5)

25 It’s quite bor­ing and ex­pen­sive to take up the road (5)

26 Ab­nor­mal growth at the ends of a city street (4)

DOWN

2 Dog’s re­straint (5) 3 Sur­vey­ing in­stru­ment for mea­sur­ing an­gles (10) 4 Sounds trans­mit­ted by ra­dio (6)

5 After­birth (8)

6 Christ­mas (4)

7 The Greek god­dess of love (9)

8 Praise highly (5)

9 Cen­tral Amer­i­can na­tion (8)

14 Heavy down­pour (10) 16 Tra­di­tional Span­ish en­ter­tain­ment (9) 18 Rel­a­tively youth­ful (8) 19 Sin­gu­lar, odd (8) 22 Rac­quet strings (6) 23 Rus­sian pan­cake (5) 25 Rocky Moun­tain state (5) 26 Rus­sian monarch (4)

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