Cryp­tic Cross­word 15878

The Witness - - BRAINSTORM -

Across

1 As­pired to be­come a lit­er­ary gi­ant (7)

4 Two short ways to break in (5)

7 He floated a com­pany to avoid liq­ui­da­tion (4) 8 The of­fer of money may make them cross (8) 10 Stayed well away from work (10)

12 Un­fin­ished plans of rowdies (6)

13 The inane god­dess? (6)

15 Chim­ney clean­ers take a gam­ble (10)

18 Near the av­enue (8)

19 Plant where work­ers strike for more money (4) 20 Shoot for al­most the whole sea­son (5)

21 Is an­gry about the shrub (7)

Down

1 Ma­te­rial that’s dug up (5)

2 Be­comes con­fused about laps, runs wrongly (6,2)

3 Stag­gered, but got in line (6)

4 The shoot­ing of an un­known per­son? (6,4) 5 The pur­poses of first-class writ­ing (4)

6 Give a sub­ject a ti­tle, per­haps (7)

9 He won’t ring when upset and at fault (2,3,5) 11 Un­cle per­haps? That would be telling! (8) 12 Make haste with meth­ods for smooth pro­ce­dure at air­ports (7)

14 Fights to pro­tect one’s prop­erty (6) 16 There’s an added charge for a spe­cial edi­tion (5)

17 A boom in ship­ping, per­haps (4)

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