The Mercury

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

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ACROSS

1 Little room in the Greek style (5) 4 Male, but subject to change (7) 8 Suitable food for a stag-party? (7) 9 What the victims of disaster have come to (5) 10 Regretted being uncivil by the sound of it (4) 11 He’s willing (8) 13 See 23 Across 14 To give ground for what is planted, we hear (4) 16 They are heated by the current weather (8) 17 The beginnings of every poem involving chivalry will be! (4) 20 What happened to part of the meat entree (5) 21 Mete out punishment for Charles X (7) 22 Is stay due to be rearranged at this particular time? (7) 23 & 13 Ac A mount to gamble on – the jockey’s on this presumably (9)

DOWN

1 Notice I’d even matters out! (13) 2 A bit strained in some grammatica­l applicatio­n? (5) 3 Drop all the players! (4) 4 Acted as a custodian, but objected (6) 5 How people unite to capture the girl (8) 6 Fifty in wild tribes show angry resistance (7) 7 A distinctiv­e quality of champagne (13) 12 Intended for public show, but covered up (8) 13 Have regular inspiratio­ns (7) 15 Describing the situation of those in a jam? (6) 18 The name that dishearten­s the petty-officer! (5) 19 Frustrate a quick movement (4)

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