The Mercury

DOUBLE CROSSWORD

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ACROSS

1 This usually holds more than a pair of bloomers! (4)

3 As bill-posters they persevere (8)

9 I’m soon upset by the East it’s disgusting (7)

10 Call it a day? Certainly not (5)

11 The only fish left? (4,8)

13 You’ll find me going back to the stud to do some relief work (6)

15 Aspire to reform a country (6)

17 No sane person would assume this (6-6)

20 Make a profit without obstructio­n (5)

21 There’s a flap when the learner is in one air mishap! (7)

22 Engaging in a refresher course? (8)

23 The girl returning to have a meal (4)

DOWN

1 Transport vehicle near one building disappeare­d (8)

2 Unruffled even now (5)

4 The concept of a man interrupti­ng a politician (6)

5 Can be thought of as of some importance (12)

6 To produce a legal document is to take all one’s attention (7)

7 Doesn’t stand it in the ship (4)

8 Obviously a home-bird! (5-7)

12 Secured the hatches and lived on the fat of the land (8)

14 One of the herons pecked one of the gulls (7)

16 Squeeze out of the stock (6)

18 A book or a novel including the Scriptures (5)

19 Mark producing endless alarm (4)

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