The BIG cross­word

Evening Times - - FEATURES -

ACROSS

9 One’s ut­most to equalise with the cham­pion (5,4)

10 He’s call­ing the dog McNeill (8) 12 Bag you find in the tool box (4) 13 Mois­ten ev­ery­thing, in case (6) 14 The dog, Harold, is car­ry­ing a ball (7)

15 Pauses at “Is back among these con­vinced” (9)

17 Males, I agree, can be a lot of beasts (9)

18 Got Pip, the dog, to go in­side (7) 20 Start to boo the act now play­ing? (4,2)

21 File the brief com­mu­ni­ca­tion (4) 24 Not wa­tered down – hon­est! (8) 26 Shot when away tak­ing a hol­i­day (3-5)

28 Mak­ing a move­ment of fear, pale (4)

29 The ques­tion did some­how fig­ure in again (6)

31 A crush­ing re­mark you con­sign to pa­per (3-4)

34 A star, for in­stance, gets the best part (9)

36 The only light­weight hat left? This is too much! (4,5)

38 Track not kept in a good state of re­pair (3,4)

39 Dis­misses as “Just plat­forms for politi­cians” (6)

40 Draw­ing of a tree that’s unfinished (4)

41 See, be­hav­ing oddly on the plane trip, a for­eigner (8) 42 Med­i­ca­tion for the heart is not to be com­pounded in it (9)

DOWN

1 Is riv­et­ing in the love scenes (8) 2 Keeps away from the chasm, while about it (6)

3 Left late (8)

4 Stops where there are goods on dis­play for sale (6)

5 A cheat on more than one oc­ca­sion? (3-5)

6 It’s great to get away with over­charg­ing! (7,3)

7 Tough and mean right through (7) 8 Less in­clined to run with the dog (6)

11 Told to redo, chang­ing the colour (7)

16 About that mask – it’s fright­en­ing (6)

19 Bag clasp (5)

20 Also raised the child (3)

22 I had backed “The Love State” (5) 23 Free the de­serter the sol­diers cap­tured (6)

25 As­sum­ing as a name when one’s busi­ness is collapsing (5,5) 26 United came out on top, you say (3)

27 Looked up “Lady’s Rings” (7) 30 Couldn’t stand trial when caught in the act (8)

31 For Greg Nor­man’s son, golf is the open sesame (8)

32 Drown one out, as you’d ex­pect (2,6)

33 Didn’t stand one’s ground ei­ther and got nowhere (4,3)

35 Look – just back the ruddy horse! (6)

36 Tak­ing a meal round in the boat (6)

37 Hurry up! It’s needed to cor­rect a fig­ure (4-2)

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