Friday 22 November 2019

cryptic crossword no 974

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Across

1 Unwise, restricting investigator to vegetable (6).

4 Bribe to permit one learning away from home (8).

10 Is stage empty? That's no longer wanted (4-3).

11 Transport ordinary person - not posh aborigine (7).

12 Somehow omit armour from financial stricture (10).

13 Mark excellent spice (4).

15 Finish up as creditor, though gifted (7).

17 They owe new girls keeping back decay (7).

19 Just over two interminable fliers make clothes (7).

21 Pass on players moulded so (7).

23 Isn't up to low jargon (4).

24 As I follow craze to tax gold, I grow (10).

27 Denouement of support for library? (7).

28 Easterner lodges nearly half of English in holiday island (7).

29 Secret identifier in Ennis again for a game (8).

30 Make another copy - some surety, perhaps? (6).

Down

1 Rub cement building, lying down (9).

2 Sought-after schoolmaster in action (7).

3 With amusement curse such clothing (10).

5 With no limits, spring among nude, distraught (9).

6 Wind starts at first in the intestine (4).

7 Uninhibited initially, gambol freely around and get back pain (7).

8 Painfully react about to get stuck into drink (5).

9 One force rejected, nowhere near (4).

14 The usual custom is to carve bones into new shape (10).

16 Underbids in order to get rid of responsibility (9).

18 Grave, like gas giant (9).

20 Below-par road kill? (3-4).

22 Statistician in fact exchanges two lefts for a right (7).

23 Quarters on board approximate to dump (5).

25 Imitative about black jug (4).

26 Look quietly at ooze (4).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no. 973

Across: 1 Beset; 4 Passerine; 8 Editorial; 10 Uncut; 11 Enable; 12 Jettison; 14 Prosperity; 16 Dado; 19 Roam; 20 Celebrated; 22 Fog lamps; 23 Rhombi; 26 Otter; 27 Kilometre; 28 Annoyance; 29 Nodes.

Down: 1 Beekeeper; 2 Shiva; 3 Trollope; 4 Prim; 5 Self-esteem; 6 Equity; 7 Incessant; 8 Eaten; 13 Free-spoken; 15 Orang-utan; 17 Old-timers; 18 Pre-human; 21 Fairly; 22 Flora; 24 Muted; 25 Blue.

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