Leicester Mercury

Cryptic Crossword

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ACROSS

1. Foreign lady is near to breakdown (8) 5. A pillowcase to get out of place (4)

9. Tree father planted in America (4)

10. Sea crew upset about one know-all (8)

11. Kind of stick used for witchcraft? (5)

12. The art gallery’s ventilatio­n system? (7)

13. Fails to keep calm and gets axed (5,4,4)

18. Company clears wrecked vessels (8)

19. The first of the deck hands who turns the boat (4)

20. Racketeer – on the roof? (7)

21. Governor of Pennsylvan­ia has changed (5)

22. The right current measure for dishonest practice (4)

23. Ships that have lost the use of their steering gear? (8)

DOWN

Vigorous grass wrecks 3. 2. the seaport (7)

The sort of breeze away from the main direction (7) 4. Does the empirical approach lead to a miscarriag­e of justice? (5,3,5) 6. Fodder from wet part of

Switzerlan­d (7) 7. Newspaper boss subjected to coercion (7) 8. Intimate shows produce critical articles, we hear (6) 13. A match for Satan (7) 14. Vassal connected with

Portuguese bondage (7) 15. Likes cleaving round the first of the crop – using this? (6) 16. Connection that’s better wet than dry, maybe! (7) 17. Different one substitute­d for a throne (7)

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