Tuesday 15 October 2019

cryptic crossword no 1,217

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Across

1 A time is kept by great number on mission (8).

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5 One making proposition for old money (6).

8 Go Arctic? I'm floundering, provoking tears and laughter (10).

9 Mildly indecent, caught in some sunshine (4).

10 Practical philosophy composed at militia's ruin (14).

11 Late former lover can empty court (7).

13 Shenanigans in court with one evacuating wind (7).

15 Pioneer may damage business with Northern Ireland (7).

18 Little time for extra helpings (7).

21 Rate tin openers again, to get the picture (14).

22 Norse god is somewhat demure in conversation (4).

23 Urgent acts to destroy weapon (10).

24 They walk upright, making offers about exercise classes (6).

25 Party with nothing to lose get numbers one to three at plant (8).

Down

1 While talking, could we have salad? (7).

2 Old fighter pleased one schedule comes up (7).

3 Teachers' union can grasp nothing, providing instruction (7).

4 Ring party with diatribe, giving off a smell (7).

5 Mingle, as ice is also melting (9).

6 Pick up tune before mass flight (7).

7 I came on unusual expressions of praise (7).

12 Agreement to study popular count, as said (9).

14 Arrest for careful driving of new vehicle (7,2).

16 Top notch about earlier thinking logically, on no evidence (1,6).

17 Limit cereal as whim (7).

18 Entertainer is to do badly at Royal Academy (7).

19 Beverage doubly posh with big house in the country (7).

20 Nearly empty, my son is nuts - in other words, the same (7).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no. 1,216

Across: 1 Pay up; 4 Stiffened; 9 Abstracts; 10 Exalt; 11 Misadventures; 14 Tack; 15 Ring finger; 18 Stationary; 19 Stun; 21 Wrongheadedly; 24 Cairo; 25 Ruination; 27 Bullseyes; 28 Sleep.

Down: 1 Pragmatist; 2 Yes; 3 Parody; 4 Secretion; 5 Inset; 6 Free rein; 7 Nearsighted; 8 Duty; 12 Social whirl; 13 Brandy snap; 16 Gardenias; 17 Timorous; 20 Ideals; 22 Gorky; 23 Scab; 26 Ice.

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