cryp­tic cross­word

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Puzzles, Cartoons & Gwen -

ACROSS 7 Turned round to talk (8)

9 A cross head­ing off trou­ble? (6) 10 French­man in short trousers? (4) 11 Club after crack ath­lete (4-6)

12 By cross­ing no­ble­man, Char­lie for­feited re­ward (6)

14 Liv­ing well at home with con­stant sweet­heart (2,6)

15 Hold back Greek char­ac­ter dur­ing row (6) 17 Hat wife dis­carded, and old jacket (6) 20 Case of Greek wine sent back by fore­most of cus­tomers (8)

22 Prior in favour of me and king (6) 23 In­con­tro­vert­ible ev­i­dence of bad habit shown by one on a shoot? (7,3)

24 Cast of Jaws he di­rected (4) 25 Fe­male looka­like, mostly un­con­ven­tional (6)

26 Fair­ness: Eng­lish char­ac­ter­is­tic (8) DOWN 1 Fur­ni­ture made of this re­volted con­duc­tor (8)

2 Al­most fin­ished on new stove (4) 3 Lively, loud, and dan­ger­ous (6)

4 The old man in Ari­zona church, brought in to work for soup (8)

5 One with lots to of­fer? (10)

6 Strict mem­ber of the clergy turned up in dio­cese (6)

8 Strik­ing quote about beast climb­ing (6) 13 Fool, lead­ing gath­er­ing, split­ting hairs (37)

16 Per­haps fi­ancé’s cur­rent en­gage­ment fi­nally was over (8)

18Work be­fore on dry area – light work (8) 19 Ac­cent of born scal­ly­wag (6) 21 Re­spect a mass grave out­side (6)

22With plea­sure, or­gan­ise char­ity event? (3,3)

24 Fish alone (4)

LAST SATUR­DAY’S SO­LU­TION:

Across: 1 Aban­don­ment, 9 Soap­stone, 10 Bravo, 11 Rookie, 12 Ma­te­rial, 13 Nursed, 15 Touch­ing, 18 Sanc­tion, 19 Mo­rass, 21 At­tacker, 23 Dieppe, 26 Chump, 27 Awestruck, 28 In­tol­er­a­ble.

Down: 1 Also-ran, 2 Alamo, 3 Dis­si­dent, 4 Nook, 5 El­e­va­tor, 6 Ta­ble, 7 Boot­leg, 8 Basil­ica, 14 Ring true, 16 Cho­ris­ter, 17 Covenant, 18 Seances, 20 Speckle, 22 Capri, 24 Plumb, 25 Deal.

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