Saturday 25 January 2020

cryptic crossword no 1,158

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Across

1 Fraudster's accomplice gets right in, excessively strident (6).

5 Modern adept out to change (2,2,4).

9 Confine fellow's trendy fine writing (10).

10 How third-grade youngster is dressed? (4).

11 Game that's foul for some players (8).

12 Neat - unknown inside info on gas (6).

13 Groups in biology make heavy demands by middle of day (4).

15 Difficult trick - to follow bats flying (8).

18 Nothing to check out in parliament? There's a joint! (8).

19 Drive up in reverse, and be quiet (4).

21 Take a chance on broadcast frolic (6).

23 Advance payment to be made fast on return to hallway (8).

25 Died, sick of spice (4).

26 Deception in serving couscous with HP sauce? (5-5).

27 With inside information, awaken back-to-front liberal (8).

28 Pesky daughter in disguise communicated using internet (6).

Down

2 Scavenger longing to interrupt bit of a laugh (5).

3 I am, in one word, intervening without delay (9).

4 Secure gold for carriage (6).

5 Dubious coalitions all can heinously break (6,9).

6 Phase out culture of tavern (8).

7 Degenerate expert turns up in empty back yard (5).

8 Party animals in set-up for skiing manoeuvres (9).

14 Got up around lustreless one for perfume (9).

16 Range of skills for traveller, ruler and politician (9).

17 One may be for kicking unknown who sounds like making fuss (8).

20 Assist working for state of inactivity (6).

22 Bugle blown for surge in production (5).

24 Love university at first, cooking part of flower (5).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no 1,157

Across: 1 Stadium; 5 Rosehip; 9 Erase; 10 Thesaurus; 11 Nighttime; 12 Ox-eye; 13 Muses; 15 Runners-up; 18 Sea urchin; 19 Aglet; 21 All-in; 23 Chaffinch; 25 Terminate; 26 Odour; 27 Endemic; 28 Leg-iron.

Down: 1 Sternum; 2 Analgesia; 3 Inert; 4 Matriarch; 5 Reeve; 6 Soap opera; 7 Horde; 8 Paste-up; 14 Strontium; 16 Nonpareil; 17 Splendour; 18 Startle; 20 Teheran; 22 Lurid; 23 Craic; 24 Flong.

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