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The NI Jumbo Crossword

Issue 298

The JUMBO NI Crossword
No. 18 by Axe

Crossword no. 18

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Across
3 Euphemism for the break-up of the Czechoslovakian federation in 1993 (6,7)
8 Non-Mongoloid original inhabitants of Japan (4)
10 Town of 3d, now Ciudad Bolivar, known for a drinks mixer (9)
11 Reeking or curing (7)
13 Nymph in love with Narcissus (4)
15 Area of SW France famous for its truffles (8)
16 Alternative spelling for a lake or an Islamic prince (4)
17 A wine centre, the capital' of Franconian Bavaria (8)
18 Eastern Europeans, formerly part of the USSR (11)
19 Serb or Montenegrin, currently (8)
22 Major Peruvian river-port on the Amazon (7)
24 Roof or arch (5)
25 It ended the first part of the British Empire? (3,8,10)
29 Forbidden city to all but Muslims (5)
30 Group of languages descended from Latin (7)
35 Region of NE Greece, capital Larisa (8)
36 Writings of the Old Testament, Hebrew ketuvim (11)
39 New European democratic republic, capital Bratislava (8)
40 Scottish kingdom' (4)
41 Tropical soil, the result of ferocious rock weathering (8)
43 The 27th President of the United States (1909-13) (4)
44 Sackcloth and ashes (7)
45 The area currently defined as the Anatolian Peninsula (4,5)
46 Paradisal garden? (4)
47 Industrial sites which involve cracking plants (3,10)

Down
1 Rivers and canals, perhaps (9)
2 Largest city of Alaska (9)
3 South American country whose name derives from an Italian city- state (9)
4 France's third city, on the confluence of the Rhone and Saone (4)
5 Book of 36, which tells the story of the eponymous subject and Mordecai (6)
6 He believes that only the strongest species evolve (9)
7 North American native as known by the world - and as she would prefer to be known (6-5)
9 Network of computers worldwide (8)
12 Of the period after the Dark Ages but before the Renaissance (9)
14 Member of a Germanic tribe (4)
20 'The Grand ',Ottoman Prime Minister (6)
21 Island reputedly discovered by Columbus in 1492-93 (4)
23 The machinery of Marxist-Leninist government (6)
26 Island group or chain (11)
27 Pertaining to the Gospels (9)
28 Rajput prince (4)
29 Biblical tribespeople from what is now Jordan (8)
31 Religious teacher - Sanskrit 'great sage' (9)
32 Prayers (9)
33 Malvinas (9)
34 Intricate (9)
37 Wine town of Italy's Piedmont (4)
38 Hydro-carbon, H3C,CH3 (6)
42 Wingless bird (4)

CRYPTIC

Across
3 Smooth split between 39 and Prague (6,7)
8 Greek character and one following a Japanese character... (4)
10 ...in yarn about half a Scottish family drinking bitter (9)
11 Six characters from inside 7 reforming. Note bad habit (7)
13 Mythical lass we hear from again and again (4)
15 Stir porridge when in the Dordogne (8)
16 Alternative one of I - or alternative Muslim leader (4)
17 Main town for dig to return to - but first the ancient city discovered in war-zone initially (8)
18 You, it's said, and I, need various inhalants to be Europeans... (11)
19 while you, it's said, need spirit to approach Indo- European - Serb, perhaps (8)
22 One to leave Ordnance Survey in rainforest town up the Amazon (7)
24 Jump for the camera? (5)
25 Re-animate Church and organize mutiny for the War of Independence (3,8,10)
29 Massachusetts takes in hundreds after oriental makes the pilgrimage objective (5)
30 Language of love? (7)
35 Nazi prisoner in Scottish river had left region in Greece (8)
36 Part of the Old Testament from a gig Pharaoh arranged (11)
39 Ex-partner to check the dubious spelling alluded to in 3a! (8)
40 Instrument of Scottish regional government? (4)
41 Slow to act - resulting in leached tropical soil (8)
43 Thin, silky materials afford safe exit for the President (4)
44 Penalty for the last to leave haunt of pirates (7)
45 Incontinent perhaps or a little continent? (4,5)
46 Point to the hideaway taken from Adam? (4)
47 Inferior eels one fishes in places for filling up tanks (3,10)

Down
1 Channels connected to the mains? (9)
2 The cost of docking in Alaska (9)
3 Country locks up three of the first four zealots in avenue of subversion (9)
4 Tannoy leaves message in code for French centre (4)
5 Her book comes together in threes (6)
6 First after Australian city to be selected - naturally, I believe! (9)
7 Canadian whose tokenism is punctuated by eleven universal symbols when thrown together (6-5)
9 Network that is alien to higher-placed trainee (8)
12 Press backed the French for victory in Europe before today (9)
14 Obtained top hurdler for race (4)
20 Queen follows leader, namely one Turkish minister (6)
21 Insular state of a youngster when on top (4)
23 Council get drunk embracing the French life (6)
26 Painfully parochial, eg the 33 (11)
27 Crusading missionary? (9)
28 Managed to get a position in India (4)
29 Dead Sea people having marks from attack by old bird? (8)
31 Religious instructor, master-spy - quiet one ... (9)
32 ... loves religious offerings (9)
33 Islands where the king disembarks are below Cornish river (9)
34 Founded anarchically in Zante, by, and of, tortuous character (9)
37 He's good in alkali- tinged wine (4)
38 Gas blowing match head out ignites gas! (6)
42 29d's protagonist's one-time neighbour produces fruit (4)

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