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Mungo’s Crossword N027

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Cryptic Clues

ACROSS

1. Dumb betting to ease, they say, with 50 in board game (10)

7. Flag kitty? (4)

9. East Street holds a load of gourmet food (8)

10. Wordplay is hard to penalise (6)

11. Mendicant grizzly swallows viceroy (6)

13. It’s said you come from the largest continent, but that’s only half right (8)

14. Prepare to be zealous? Rot. How cold can it get? (8,4)

17. Like 14 across, the joint gets the brush off. (4,8)

20. Radio to order start to circuit back to male cycad (4,4)

21. Duck back around North Carolina for medical journal (6)

22. Manx android mad to confer holy orders (6)

23. Backpack for game creek loot (8)

25. Street of unknowns, river of Hell (4)

26. Direction follows time limits: a fatal quality (10)

DOWN

2. Unconcerned traveller to hand over the queen, with the authorship of … (6,2)

3. …queen a very long time… (3)

4. …even bigger embrace for queen (5)

5. Limit? Beyond the limit (7)

6. Spiderman, perhaps, gets over Leander’s love (9)

7. Singer Ian and pianist Scott – together they make great rocking blues! (5,6)

8. Latin American country drops off CIA, still receives joint billing! (6)

12. A hundred in the untamed rough, but reported grade of zero. Still, he’s very funny. (7,4)

15. Ignorant 50 covered by investment income (9)

16. Removes barriers to back players (8)

18. First class uncle from Joel Chandler Harris turns up to reveal where writing began (8)

19. Vehicle rubbish, but it complements the stick (6)

21. Non-fattening pub? (5)

24. I, trapped between poles, commit evil (3)

Quick Clues

ACROSS

1. Shocked beyond words, struck dumb (10)

7. Target in lawn bowls (4)

9. Edible snail (8)

10. Inflict penalty, pain (6)

11. Mendicant, one seeking alms (6)

13. Person of mixed decent from two northern continents (7)

14. Minus 273.15 Celsius (8,4)

17. Snub, social rejection (4,8)

20. Tropical tree used for starch production; Pacific Island staple (4,4)

21. Two edged surgical knife (6)

22. Appoint to the clergy (6)

23. Backpack used by hikers (8)

25. River surrounding Hades (4)

26. Fatal or lethal quality (10)

DOWN

2. Casual wayfarer who ignores incidents around him (6,2)

3. Greek letter equivalent to E (3)

4. More enormous (5)

5. Furthest, utmost, final (7)

6. Film or comic book character like Captain Marvel or Ironman (9)

7. Great rock singer who wanted a Mercedes Benz (5,6)

8. One of two top performers, usually in a film (6)

12. Great vaudeville comic, a brother (7,4)

15. Ignorant, uneducated (9)

16. Methods of resistance, responses to attack (8)

18. Ancient middle eastern kingdom covering parts of Iraq (7)

19. Root vegetable (6)

21. Nearby, part of th neighbourhood (5)

24. Vice, evil (3)

 

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