Mungo’s Crossword N016

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Cryptic Clues


1. And the first shall be the last (8)

5. Climb up the backside, as Americans would say (6)

10. Earnest digger unearths Apollo gestation (15)

11. Spiv holds back knight, and takes a trip (7)

12. Mistake article in the last working day – designed for speed! (7)

13. Great work for monarch with real problem (4,4)

15. Eagle’s nest sounds weird (5)

18. Lodgers abandon front and back but go in anyway (5)

20. This poem is beyond speech (8)

23. Science in confusion, but still in good odour (7)

25. Decoration of ribbons is locked in repetition (7)

26. Stones’ memorial album, perhaps, is a study for 10 across (3,6,6)

27. Finish the measure before the sound of the bell (6)

28. He estimates idiots, with a short pain (8)


1. Presumptuous, and risen above sorrow (6)

2. Hebrew scholar to reluctantly admit lust (9)

3. Chinese dynasty embraces Oriental alien in assembly (7)

4. Up and down rule (5)

6. Affliction produces swelling, firm inside (7)

7. Heath and Jong? (5)

8. Dined, ate, suffered: now locked up (8)

9. Finds skeletal remains around a tree – signals for help (8)

14. Number one man in the oil company gets a coffee (8)

16. Responses about lawsuits (9)

17. Shrink from insult? (8)

19. Called Sellers, we hear, in Myanmar (7)

21. Blue view of Russian river (7)

22. Contortionist goes on a spree (6)

24. There’s chromium upriver, that’s the belief (5)

25. Radio for parts for the expensive car (5)


Quick Clues


1. Final, perfect (8)

5. Climb, rise (6)

10. Expert on fossils (15)

11. Tripper, traveller for pleasure (7)

12. Very fast Italian car (7)

13. Tragedy by Shakespeare (4,4)

15. Eagle’s nest (5)

18. Go inside, penetrate (5)

20. Rural, especially of poetry (8)

23. Eastern perfume used in church (7)

25. Bunch of ribbons used as decoration (7)

26. What 10 across studies (3,6,6)

27. Finale, conclusion (6)

28. Estimator, especially for insurance purposes (8)


1. Pushy, cheeky (6)

2. Scholar of sacred Hebrew writing (9)

3. Assembly, gathering (7)

4. Rule, doctrine (5)

6. Punish, afflict (7)

7. The heath bush (5)

8. Prisoner, one under straint (8)

9. Blazes lit as signals or celebrations (8)

14. Italian coffee (8)

16. Responses, reverse movements (9)

17. Put down, denigrate (8)

19. Capital of Burma (7)

21. Offensive, pornographic (7)

22. Drinking spree (6)

24. Belief system (5)

25. Buns served with a meal (5)


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