Wednesday 12 December 2018

cryptic crossword no 1,143

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Across

1 Slept briefly within restraints, having to keep soldier back (9).

6 Sat for artist in readiness with one departing (5).

9 Will beneficiary run off with a ball support? (7).

10 Ornamental shrub is a pear variety (7).

11 With neat insolence making bloomer (5).

12 Leaving out the offence... (9).

14 ... One does not fire theologian without adieu finally (3).

15 Not working, locates badly-made clothing (6,5).

17 Large-scale planting put out front? (11).

19 Brief enthusiasms topped by fliers (3).

20 Scoff about dodgy heels and protest noisily (5,4).

22 Manoeuvre gently to get pound as support for art-work (5).

24 Title is wrong for such a snob (7).

26 Fur market realigned, with US displacing European capital (7).

27 Mean drunk (5).

28 Urban scene develops icy aspect (9).

Down

1 Part of the orchestra where greeting gets cold for husband (5).

2 Switched between alternatives in dress as George the First directed (7).

3 Mountain range contains dump with nothing down under (9).

4 Not so difficult sweet (5,2,4).

5 Treat with contempt the infernal world (3).

6 Groom, going round the edge very quietly (5).

7 Puts spirit into getting up, but without energy for lasting quality (7).

8 A view of what's wrong as I do sign off (9).

13 Trust to keep within bounds of borrowing capacity (6,5).

14 Postponing reversal of brewing activity? (9).

16 'Nos' are jumbled in popular count by general agreement (9).

18 Tirade on border protection (7).

19 Entrance halls around America lead to another country (7).

21 Be one-time flame and winner (5).

23 Drunken male becomes nimble (5).

25 Habitual response to a pick-me-up on leaving (3).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no. 1,142

Across: 1 Comet; 4 Populists; 9 Nutriment; 10 Glaze; 11 Nether; 12 Stampede; 14 Counteract; 16 Sofa; 19 Lean; 20 Denigrates; 22 Twilight; 23 Concur; 26 Proof; 27 Rio Grande; 28 Dispenser; 29 React.

Down: 1 Canonical; 2 Motet; 3 Toilette; 4 Phew; 5 Put stock in; 6 Legume; 7 Spaced-out; 8 Swede; 13 Greenhorns; 15 Unanimous; 17 Absorbent; 18 Armourer; 21 Piffle; 22 Tepid; 24 Conga; 25 Sour.

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