No 17 September 2017

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Across
1 Child prodigy drew unkind caricature (10)
6/26 What is just over half of 9? An assurance, such as 1 across (8)
9 Fast, I move to spot (7)
10 Above granary, bearing letter from abroad (7)
12 Billy Wilder clip to get Oscar (5)
13 Most negligible insult is French (9)
15 A Frenchman deals with repercussions (7)
16 Mexican state concealed most of Beta Persei (7)
17 Male magazine has spectacles for a short-sighted chap (2,5)
20 Puppet risen to fight (5-2)
22 Air Lennon composed to a type of equation (9)
23 Russian capital and region of the countryside (5)
24 Rex and bird take time in Auckland suburb (7)
25 Rummaging, say, as usual (7)
26 See 6
27 Attractive gold chaps enter, birth related (10)
Down
1 Wait where I’m ousted by student giving quarter to killer poet (4,7)
2 Type of surface rarely found on a slide (7)
3 Dire “Yes Minister” emergency no mystery (somehow) to a Sir Humphrey (8,5)
4 Almost be aware of c-call for help from home of bullish type (7)
5 Fairly dark film, with union leader replacing iodine feed (7)
7 Properly lubricate bore… (3,4)
8 …a creature of habit, taking every second in turn (3)
11 Can’t get this German 6/26? Tee-hee! (13)
14 Molière plot foiled by a misleading French 6/26 (6,5)
18 Memo Ron distributed around compound (7)
19 Duck to write song for a type of concert (4-3)
20 Uproar I fermented in Wellington (7)
21 Nagging musician? (7)
24 A line of scrap (3)

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No 17 September 2017

No 16 Jumbo Matariki crossword (July-August 2017)

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Across
1 Indonesian guy appearing in “Bottom” (8)
5 15 26’s flyer not fond of a Melting Moment (3,7)
11 Termite eater I’m told “never ‘urt anyvun” (8)
12 I’m fastidious, with a fixed routine about giving official permission (10)
14/28/42 Sir Danish Enchanter’s an ingenious writer (4,9,8)
15/26 Fungus creator saying yes to Scot in the street (rubbish about Diana) (7,6)
16 Heavens above! Taking drug in the Hebrides? (4)
19 Drug a branch of the police (4)
20 A systemic reaction to 2, for example; without drugs, one relies on it (6,8)
22 Being degenerate, entice with sex (9)
23 Divers method to remove moisture (6)
26 See 15
28 See 14
31 Antarctic archipelago from which one might obtain lad’s sin (7,7)
32 Passion found in the heart of the country (4)
33 One repeated giving the bird (4)
34 Load diamonds into suitcase found in the Arctic Ocean (4,3)
35 Our responsibility? (4)
39 Igloo brims madly with embarrassing misunderstandings (10)
40 Pest found in pie by Mike bitten by smoker? (8)
41 “Th-Theing” – the latest fad? (3,2,5)
42 See 14
Down
1 Auckland Suburb’s second rate – all have nothing at first (5,5)
2 A complaint that often goes unvoiced (10)
3 Negative state of new star (4)
4 A state in which one hears “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” (6,8)
6 “The state of being us” – Princess’ appearing in Winnie-the-Pooh’s ditties (9)
7 First sailing vessel to Mr Pye’s island (4)
8 Resistance units may be seen outside government post (4)
9 Met Ken, disheartened despite holding all the aces, near Warkworth (8)
10 The Four Cockneys of the Apocalypse, heading north to become Vikings (8)
13 Midge chasing little devil is like many of our waterways, unfortunately (6)
17 One German stepped into fight – “So, we meet again!” (14)
18 Work wine maker to crush (7)
21 Wake Stephen to make a meal (4,3)
24 Hello – Mr Sanders eats mince, then has a long sleep (10)
25 Castle-owners may be found out at midday (10)
27 Canadian city found in Kansas, too, strangely (9)
28 See 36
29 Fun poker placed by a joint, say (8)
30 A goer taking in a river is liable to change (8)
36/28 Key and Helen, say, sadly missed 29 (4,6)
37 15th century weapon reversed after end removed? Nonsense! (4)
38 Wilder unit of heredity? (4)

(By the way I hope you like the “star” design – Matariki is the Maori new year, and is also the name for the Pleiades star cluster.)

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No 16 Jumbo Matariki crossword (July-August 2017)