CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

No 16,190

Scottish Daily Mail - - Puzzles & Prizes -

ACROSS

1 Fight­ers may do it in B-movie shot in Ger­many and Belgium (4-4) 5 Scruff starts to read a good book about groom­ing (6) 9 Study small vine­yard, very small (8) 10 Com­plain about pop­u­lar old res­i­dent of Crete (6) 12 Rod’s ten beer cases (4) 13 Fel­low man­aged to raise a sow in flip­ping shrub! (10) 15 How cop­ing with Hugo sorted out child’s ill­ness (8,5) 19 Old disease from public bug, one spread around area (7,6) 23 A quiet dean un­for­tu­nately is not good enough (10) 25 A cook’s end­less long­ing (4) 28 Needle­work dis­play in Ed­in­burgh cas­tle (6) 29 Con­sider maiden in penury, put away (8) 30 Joy­ful cry: ‘Spain and UK are play­ing!’ (6) 31 First of ponds in stretch of land re­veals rep­tile (8)

DOWN

1 Sad face cap­ti­vates some oddly (6) 2 RNA orig­i­nally in small bot­tle’s spreading rapidly (5) 3 Nip by in­sect takes ef­fect ini­tially (4) 4 Staff leave over snare for poach­ers (7) 6 One breaks bail il­le­gally, mak­ing ex­cuse in court (5) 7 Over­load cir­cuit and lose it (4,1,4) 8 Hood nicks drink, up­set about on­set of fierce bat­tle (8) 11 Mem­ber of clergy head­ing off soon (4) 14 Mount tree, drop­ping whiskey (4) 15 Lex­i­cog­ra­pher en­list­ing mother’s site man­ager (9) 16 Brat’s be­gin­ning to ir­ri­tate rep­re­sen­ta­tive (3) 17 Pen notes (4) 18 Sailor’s in the drink (8) 20 Busi­ness in­creased suc­cess (4) 21 Res­i­dent of Riga reg­u­larly mulches plant (7) 22 Hum­ble church­man tours Mid­dle East (6) 24 This can be read on a tablet in English re­serve (1-4) 26 Vic­tor’s Ir­ish dish of pota­toes and greens (5) 27 Last plat­form that is man­aged by Bri­tish Rail (4)

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