Crossword

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7 Town on the north shore of the Mersey (6)

8 The second book of the Old Tes­ta­ment (6)

9 Preda­tory seabird also known as a jaeger (4)

10 Ohio’s cap­i­tal city (8)

11 Pa­cific 2 sep­a­rat­ing Sakhalin from main­land Asia (7)

13 A res­i­dent of Tashkent? (5)

15 The ....., 2 sep­a­rat­ing the main­land of Scot­land from Lewis and Har­ris (5)

17 2 sep­a­rat­ing Cuba and Mex­ico (7)

20 2 sep­a­rat­ing main­land South Amer­ica and Tierra del Fuego (8)

21 The ...., 2016 film star­ring Idris Elba, re­leased in the UK as Bastille Day (4)

23 2 sep­a­rat­ing Siberia and Alaska (6)

24 The Rus­sian cur­rency (6) Down

1 2 sep­a­rat­ing New Zealand’s North and South Is­lands (4)

2 A nar­row pas­sage of wa­ter con­nect­ing two seas (6)

3 An el­e­ment, a god or a planet? (7)

4 A tool used by fire and res­cue ser­vices for forcible en­try (5)

5 2 sep­a­rat­ing Oman and Iran (6)

6 South African trum­pet made pop­u­lar (if that’s the word) dur­ing the 2010 World Cup (8)

12 Style of lan­guage in which Mr Collins wished to in­form El­iz­a­beth Ben­net of the vi­o­lence of his af­fec­tion? (8)

14 Whither Ham­let would have Ophe­lia go? (7)

16 Beach in Dorset (6)

18/22 Tidal 2 sep­a­rat­ing New Jersey from Staten Is­land (6,4)

19 Ir­ish county in Con­nacht (5)

22 See 18

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