Mungo’s Crossword N024

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Cryptic Clues


1. Mate doubles back to get Papuan gear… (3-3)

4. …and friend about right, providing French (French!) holy fool for Wagner (8)

10. Moving speech – treat for favourite pupil (8,3)

11. Record the first king of the frogs – the one before Stork (3)

12. Right at this moment, level is gained back! (4,3)

14. Reside in popular nun’s oufit (7)

15. Lift Vinca Rosea, replace with other flowers… (7,7)

17. …while Brahms cellists play for still more (9,5)

21. James, perhaps, has a drink on the job (7)

22. Setter admits being out of date – there’s no way out (7)

23. Japanese theatre lacks aspirate (3)

24. Wife, husband or just a worker? (5,6)

26. Angrier about Australia’s ties with New Zealand – that’s wizard! (8)

27. Is light cut off from its neighbours? (6)


1. Stringed instrument, covering high, moved quickly – like Joh Bjelke-Petersen? (8)

2. Chosen pulse (3)

3. Upwardly mobile American spies cover Japanese theatre quietly; soundlessly, actually, because of injury (7)

5. Enlargements of insurance giant with 51 lies about a single article (14)

6. Old bag presided over a revolutionary, left (7)

7. Drunken preserves, but they are definitely in the picture (4,7)

8. Herald’s support consumed (6)

9. Sketching the equator, maybe, and setting limits (7,3,4)

13. Soil dam – let’s call it “Gaia” (5,6)

16. Like burned, like Bottom (3-5)

18. Arrive uninvited, perform untried (7)

19. Fighters, or just jive dancers? (7)

20. Swoons over French crushed satin (6)

25. Peep at a snake (3)

Quick Clues


1. Loin cloth (3-3)

4. Wagnerian opera (8)

10. Specially favoured school pupil (8,3)

11. Ship’s diary (3)

12. At the present, at this moment (4,3)

14. Live in, occupy (7)

15. Indoor flowering plants, Saintpaulia ionantha (7,7)

17. Outdoor summer flowering plants, Blandfordia (9,5)

21. Follower, disciple (7)

22. Dead end, stalemate (7)

23. Style of Japanese theatre (3)

24. One who joins a workers’ association (5,6)

26. Wizard, magician (8)

27. Piece of land surrounded by water (6)


1. Member of a strict Protestant sect (8)

2. Seed vegetable (3)

3. Mute, usually through injury or illness (7)

5. Enlargements, increase, especially of sound (14)

6. Bag, formerly made of leather (7)

7. Those who are very well informed on a subject (slang) (4,7)

8. Herald, ambassador (6)

9. Calling a halt, setting a limit (7,3,4)

13. Tutelary goddess and creator of the planet; Gaia (5,6)

16. Having lugs like a donkey; the fate of King Midas (3-5)

18. Break in, interrupt (7)

19. Jazz dancers (7)

20. Swoons, passes out (6)

25. Stole or neck scarf (3)


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