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Saturday 21 October 2017

cryptic crossword no 978

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Across

1 Theatrical investor managed without right set (5).

4 At chapel I turn to Eastern office (9).

9 One is played for a bit of a laugh, right, by girl (9).

10 Sensational cap worn around old city (5).

11 It's as bizarre having underworld troublemakers around, creating irritation (15).

12 Competed, running rings round Spanish city (6).

14 Sikh line generating capital (8).

17 Harshness as cardinals get truth (8).

19 Ardent fan roared excitedly (6).

22 Excessive optimism by eager slim man on board (7,8).

24 Mark as one studies first murder victim (5).

25 Act on lead pollution, as the story goes (9).

26 Splash out, with some cricket to follow (9).

27 Settlement for actor around first of wives (5).

Down

1 For hours Andy went out without water (9).

2 Bugs people, missing a note (5).

3 Cat gets fat, swallowing up US author (7).

4 One assesses short cot with nervous movement (6).

5 Off the leash, less toxic while driving (4-4).

6 Maintains order with set of principles I have abandoned (7).

7 One makes accusations on exotic rare grain (9).

8 Part of muscle won't start to be facing this way (3,2).

13 I bin Elvis remix that's out of sight (9).

15 Disorderly paramilitaries hold up gun, right? (9).

16 Coming out from a point, let's return after hours (8).

18 Draws founder of Singapore (7).

20 Without natural cover, withdrew franker paintings? (7).

21 Thin line of earth tumbling down (7).

22 Endless determination and business shows readiness to comply (5).

23 Faithfully accompanying partner excited by war leader (2,3).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no. 977

Across: 1 Laptop; 5 Greenest; 9 Campaigner; 10 Mire; 11 Belabour; 12 Blimps; 13 Epic; 15 Landlord; 18 Mournful; 19 Yank; 21 La-di-da; 23 Cash book; 25 Dais; 26 Icing sugar; 27 Pentagon; 28 Sister.

Down: 2 Adage; 3 Tap-dancer; 4 Poison; 5 General election; 6 Enrobing; 7 Nimbi; 8 Scrap iron; 14 Propagate; 16 Layabouts; 17 Effacing; 20 Usages; 22 Inset; 24 Orate.

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