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Mungo’s Crossword N017

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Cryptic Clues

ACROSS

1.     Desanctify wicked secret deacon (12)
8.     Get back together; Grundy to pour out  (7)
9.     Sour expert caught after breaking rib (7)
11.    Take vehicle, be in debt – Santa’s kind of transport! (7)
12.    Painting, perhaps – skill for master (7)
13.    She keeps the lists – not the Queen! (5)
14.    Kill the game – it’s a dangerous passage (9)
16.    Amusing, or badly under-educated? (9)
19.    Straightforward country singer James (5)
21.    Absurd English icon, so absurd Romanian playwright (7)
23.    A toff, the French king – not as rough (7)
24.    Designer information turns black (7)
25.    Popular soft drink for Spanish princess (7)
26.    Questioned when old gun found concealed in grave (12)

DOWN

1.      Wrong deity rises at a steady pace (7)
2.      There’s a big bird sitting on the pub – take a big lever! (7)
3.      Greek character, one loony writer up for element 93 (9)
4.      Cat leaves Median capital for Hulk actor? (1,4)
5.      About about about about about ten? Go back inside! (2-5)
6.      Publication for account of sad, short sex-drive (7)
7.      Requirement to quietly overhaul (12)
10.    Pundits provide observation, song and tea, by the sound of it (12)
15.    Surprisingly, soigné gay is unconcerned (9)
17.    Figure no horse working (7)
18.    Baronet returns alone for a meatball (7)
19.    Good gamble over misleading fine (7)
20.    Smooth but uninsulated (7)
22.    Maybe wiser, unlike 20 (5)

Quick Clues

ACROSS

1.   Annul declaration of holiness, desanctify (12)
8.   Come together in a pack once more (7)
9.   Bitter, caustic (7)
11.  Reindeer (7)
12.  Mode of artistic expression (7)
13.  One who keeps records (5)
14.  Passage across gap in a glacier (9)
16.  Uneducated person, idiot (9)
19.  Direct, not sharp (5)
21.  Playwright of the absurd, Eugene …… (7)
23.  Kinder, less rough (7)
24.  Pertaining to a black person (7)
25.  Spanish princess (7)
26.  Questioned aggressively (12)

DOWN

1.   Steady pace between walking and running (7)
2.   Large iron lever (7)
3.   Element with atomic number 93 (9)
4.   Initial and name of Hulk actor (1,4)
5.   Go inside again (2-5)
6.   Small newspaper size, not broadsheet (7)
7.   Requirement to state in advance (12)
10.  Collective noun for critics and columnists (12)
15.  Carefree, untroubled (9)
17.  Nine-sided figure (7)
18.  Meatball (7)
19.  Do good to, be of service (7)
20.  Without wrinkles, smooth (of a face) (7)
22.  Of a greater age (5)

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  1. Maybe Mungo could show how the answers are worked out. With some of them, I can’t understand the wordplay at all.

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