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Issue 308

The NI Crossword
No.28 by Axe

Crossword no.28

CRYPTIC

Across
 1    Cleaner lacking cohesion about the king is really an endangered species (5,10)
 9    Very deep bay tragically immerses ship in the Spanish retreat (7)
10    Statesman – or woman or little boy – follow north (7)
11    Ship’s body from Yorkshire (4)
12    African country is sympathetic, but without gravity (5)
13    Hawk which has the wind to fly? (4)
16    Commentate on election procedure (7)
17    Lord Bath lost old seat in Greenland (7)
18    Languedoc, n’est-ce pas? (7)
21    Dotty aunt in Virginia university package to Pacific country (7)
23    Aching back of the archer (4)
24    Anise blend found in Tuscany... (5)
25    …from lilies gathered by herbal oenologists’ group (4)
28    I strike within – all right to back a leading emperor (7)
29    Antony’s wife appears before the end of Augustus’ original term (7)
30    League key to site of nuclear accident (5,4,6)

Down
 1    It sounds as if prediction could be either clear or hazy (7,8)
 2    Arcadian is charming! (7)
 3    The last word in 30 sees queen leaving for the orient (4)
 4    Most blessed, most flawed, did you say? (7)
 5    Bread chant seen before the French left Chinese city (7)
 6    Bubbly Spanish states (4)
 7    Salmon from the communist angle (7)
 8    Swansong – removes the last item – having starred in famous Strip! (6,9)
14    Cabal sprang originally from the Joint United Nations Treaty Association (5)
15    Former British protectorate given to a Native American (5)
19    Crook takes credit for trapping little girl (7)
20    West African turns up under rainstorm in East Africa (7)
21    Change Devon and me – for a place in the Loire Valley:... (7)
22    ... ornate villa with scattered gold bank deposits! (7)
26    Lloyd Webber wrote for this serial, they say (4)
27    Separatists’ flunkies in Japan (4)

QUICK

Across
 1    Ceratotherium simum – African grazing animal on the endangered list (5,10)
 9    Bottomless – especially relating to ocean depths (7)
10    Citizen of the 36th US state (1864) (7)
11    Yorkshire river giving the popular name of its outport (4)
12    West African country, capital Porto Novo (5)
13    Long-tailed member of the hawk family (4)
16    Narrate (7)
17    Danish, and former, name for Nuuk, capital of Greenland (7)
18    Language of the Midi and Provence (7)
21    Chain of islands, now a republic, formerly the New Hebrides (7)
23    Greek god, Roman equivalent Cupid (4)
24    Italian city whose ferruginous earth gives its name to a painting pigment (5)
25    Member of the lily family, juice of the leaves used in cosmetics (4)
28    Japanese emperor since 1989 (7)
29    Sister of Augustus and wife of Mark Antony (7)
30    Town on the Susquehana River in Pennsylvania, the site of a nuclear accident in 1979 (5,4,6)

Down
 1    Although regular in Britain from 1861 and the US from 1871, the very first is credited to William Merlee of Oxford in 1337 (7,8)
 2    Pastoral or peaceful (7)
 3    Where the sun rises at the equinox (4)
 4    Purest, most sanctimonious (7)
 5    Current name for the Chinese city of Nanking or Nankeen (7)
 6    Spanish sparkling wine (4)
 7    The genus Sebastes, or a male salmon after spawning (7)
 8    Road, 48km long, linking Los Angeles with the Pacific (6,9)
14    Spanish grand council of state, or military government (5)
15    North American culture centred on Ohio after 500 BC (5)
19    Bishop’s crook (7)
20    Capital of Kenya (7)
21    Largest town on the (le) Loir, a major tributary of the (la) Loire (7)
22    Riverine deposits and silts (7)
26    Grass grain grown in the Camargue and Po Valley, inter alia (4)
27    They were of the lowest Japanese class (4)

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