CRYP­TIC CROSSWORD

West Lothian Courier - - Puzzles -

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1. Dogs cause a quar­rel in the crowd (8) 5. A cer­tain amount of to­bacco for a pound (4) 9. This bird is a loud hooter (4) 10. Cel­e­bra­tion that pro­duces fes­tive song round the States (8) 11. The sail­ing tackle I had is not pli­able (5) 12. It’s ob­vi­ous I’ve been set back by de­pres­sion (7) 13. Cer­tainly not hard at the core (6-7) 18. In which mu­si­cal com­po­si­tions are recorded? (8) 19. What is usu­ally ac­cepted in men­su­ra­tion or math­e­mat­ics (4) 20. Where one may find rhymes

up­side down! (7) 21. Road trans­port – or train! (5) 22. It may come from hav­ing a

shave (4) 23. Had no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing

tea dress needs restyling (8)

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2. No­tice a strange poi­sonous plant (7) 3. Cor­re­sponded with ev­ery­body in re­stricted sur­round­ings (7) 4. They cast some light in the tar­get area (5-8) 6. Not yet out of pocket! (7) 7. Not kept neat (7) 8. Cel­e­brated bare back rider (6) 13. Pre­par­ing the leather – and us­ing it! (7) 14. In­dige­nous types in vast dis­tur­bance round the East (7) 15. You’ll find me re­turn­ing to the ship to do this (6) 16. Sounds as if a sol­dier with­out any pro­mo­tion will cause ac­ri­mony (7) 17. This will painfully af­fect the lis­tener (7)

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