Monday 20 November 2017

cryptic crossword no 977

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Across

1 Portable machine for northern European to fit in (6).

5 Least-experienced conservation champ (8).

9 Activist affected a turbulent reign (10).

10 Trouble I am emptily returning about (4).

11 Use violence to espouse workers' cause (8).

12 Politician interrupts ecstasy cut short for reactionaries (6).

13 Oriental film - short, but large-scale (4).

15 Oddly amusing returns, keeping with top dog in pub (8).

18 Cure flu on rum, but remain depressed (8).

19 Chatter about northern American (4).

21 Posh-sounding boy and girl (2-2-2).

23 Dishonestly alter account about sordid bash - one for the money people (4,4).

25 US lawyer exists on elevated plane (4).

26 Using cigar, create fine refined production (5,5).

27 Writer may come along also to military HQ (8).

28 Part of crisis is terrible for family member (6).

Down

2 Saw commercial grow old (5).

3 Entertainer with a candle, swallowing fresh candy endlessly (3-6).

4 Contaminate river in front of one youngster (6).

5 When people choose orange, clientele dances (7,8).

6 Getting dressed, bring one in disguise (8).

7 Rainclouds forming as I mean business in Northern Ireland (5).

8 Fight with club for old metal (5,4).

14 Spread support with colourful mineral (9).

16 Poems keep concerning loafers (9).

17 Centre-left confronting obliteration (8).

20 The habits of high-class philosophers (6).

22 Popular group, part of bigger picture (5).

24 Speak out about hollow one sheltering traitor (5).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no. 976

Across: 1 Accord; 5 Blighted; 9 Green thumb; 10 Arid; 11 Euphoria; 12 Breast; 13 Chou; 15 Narrator; 18 Literati; 19 Best; 21 Assist; 23 Lacerate; 25 Cowl; 26 Ameliorate; 27 Dextrous; 28 Ensure.

Down: 2 Cornu; 3 Open house; 4 Dotard; 5 Bougainvillaeas; 6 Imbibers; 7 Heave; 8 Emissions; 14 Hailstone; 16 Ambergris; 17 Castrato; 20 Scribe; 22 Islet; 24 Tutor.

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