Mungo’s Crossword N020

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Cryptic Clues


1. Provisional drama about debtor is an integral part of one-day cricket (5,4)

6.  Ecstasy in odds over getting drugged (5)

9.  Report that beer caused sickness (7)

10. The French parabola, for example, was concise (7)

11. Our place in the wood turns over juvenile music-maker (5)

12. Soon unknown rodent loses tail, and has name withheld (9)

13. A short hymn is able to tease audience (8)

14. Thanks, but British uranium is banned (4)

17. Home at last, after hard drive leads to the city (4)

18. Rejected, but socialist holds the pea (8)

21. Ironically amusing, or just goat-faced? (9)

22. Gravity in dreadful, mournful air (5)

24. The setter will take two notes, gaining a bad reputation (3,4)

25. Large around but first rate back; outfit for a king (7)

26. Approaches new listeners (5)

27. Chew up resin – made a meal of it (9)


1. Soft and lean, but proverbially short and thick (5)

2. Laid mat, but lost vote for new anthem (8,7)

3. Following blood test, Bana took to fine words (8)

4. Allow hard mate to act in a deadly manner (8)

5. Scream a cry of pain – coward (6)

6. A foot? Well, a finger actually (6)

7. Lyric, spoken about an opera; top up but rejected with 2 across (4,2,9)

8. Badger dad’s hunch, and badger hunter (9)

13 Kevin Rudd’s first name? No, Kim Beazley’s middle one (9)

15. Naval supremos secure shares (3,5)

16. Town five miles from an Australian icon (8)

19. Dull notices for old forest-dwellers (6)

20. Trick includes note – hysterical (6)

23. Wipe out cardinal, after ages (5)


Quick Clues


1.  Period in one day-cricket (5,4)

6.  Medicated (5)

9.  Illness (7)

10. Brief, terse (7)

11. Child’s musical instrument (5)

12. Nameless (9)

13. Short piece of sacred music (8)

14. Forbidden (4)

17. Capital of Italy (4)

18. Beaten back, repelled (8)

21. Parodic, ironic (9)

22. Funeral song (5)

24. Notoriety, bad repute (3,4)

25. Accoutrements of royalty (7)

26. Approaches, draws closer (5)

27. Chew food (9)


1.  Length of wood (5)

2.  Famous Australian song, lyrics by Banjo Paterson (8,7)

3.  Intense style of speaking, often exaggerated (8)

4.  In a deadly manner (8)

5.  Primary colour (6)

6.  Metrical measure: long short short (6)

7.  Patriotic song once a candidate for national anthem (4,2,9)

8. Short breed of dog (9)

13. Member of a religion (9)

15. Aristocratic heads of the Royal Navy (3,5)

16. Town famous for incident involving a dog (8)

19. Wood nymphs (6)

20. Cry out, usually in terror (6)

23. Rub out (5)


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