Sunday 25 February 2018

cryptic crossword no 1,124

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Across

1 Such partiality as trophy is placed among backward fellows! (8).

5 Quarrel with composer about interrupting (6).

8 Small animals disabled in coma - unfair! (10).

9 Stuffily disapproving of bloomer - not rose (4).

10 Shambles provokes amused reaction in quiet English river (14).

11 Recoil about skin blemish being dark (7).

13 Principal means of progress (7).

15 Seize opportunity to provide fodder (4,3).

18 It's a short road back to college, but extreme (7).

21 Bigmouth and sot in dispute - one demands proof! (8,6).

22 Hunter in the main spreads gold about (4).

23 Caught whole New York opera in short distance (10).

24 Be necessary part of what's hot in this place (6).

25 Ground for football or riding out (8).

Down

1 Siemens engineered justice of a sort (7).

2 Choose a defender to be carried by another (9).

3 Violent husband in time develops consideration (7).

4 In secretive trading place without further ado (7).

5 Act as cleaner we get in for holiday outfit (9).

6 Comment at length on former currency (7).

7 Caught that man with long time fantasy (7).

12 Listen to cheat squirm with pain (9).

14 One measures power, putting abstainer and me in spray (9).

16 Firedog is also smooth (7).

17 Attempt to surpass big bird is overdue (7).

18 Brightest one at night betrays deity in return (7).

19 A fake news chief mortified (7).

20 As it's written up, seabird comes after reservoir (7).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no. 1,123

Across: 1 Solomon; 5 Postdoc; 9 Elbow; 10 Warmonger; 11 Third-rate; 12 Extol; 13 Charm; 15 Elopement; 18 Press stud; 19 Fling; 21 Elite; 23 Pepperoni; 25 Reef knots; 26 Swish; 27 Tally-ho; 28 Trellis.

Down: 1 Sceptic; 2 Lubricate; 3 Mewed; 4 Newsagent; 5 Purse; 6 Stone deaf; 7 Digit; 8 Circlet; 14 Master key; 16 On deposit; 17 Editorial; 18 Pierrot; 20 Geishas; 22 Ideal; 23 Photo; 24 Ensue.

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