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The NI Crossword -- No 70 by Axe
Cryptic
Across
1 Asian dog is a shade of brown (11)
7 Provençal farmhouse visited during Christmas-time (3)
9 Vanuatu island’s oriental destiny (5)
10 Utah mail zone to begin with obscured by this kind of map
projection (9)
11 Stagger almost upon Scotsman
of a S American nature (9)
12/28 Reportedly sell horse when reaching New Zealand waters (5,3)
13 China maybe that doctor found with a spade in an ancient garden (7)
15 Initially not a treaty openly to embrace the Soviet bloc... (4)
18 ...when independence, leaving the failed aristocracy with only 40% for the leader,... (4)
20 ...does frustrate a new invasion of this troubled region (7)
23 Polish influence in such a temperate Dutch colony (5)
24 An ashram perversely protects top Indian princesses (9)
26 Pacific island found by Cook –
and another – on unusual,
detailed round (9)
27 Centre of African copper belt’s influence seen between North Dakota and Louisiana (5)
28 See 12
29 Hyde accents improbably here in New York State (11)

Down
1 Australian city where girl found help within (8)
2 Desert place inhabited by hag beaten up by other women (8)
3 Togo port’s got a name, ex officio, importing heroin (5)
4 Race to get Mendelssohn
symphony (7)
5 In France no art embraces one
so upliftingly as in the palaces of Versailles (7)
6 Canton is linguistically twinned with Newcastle? (9)
7 Missouri at 12 say, as it flows through 29 (6)
8 Remove second and fourth units from hilly climbs in selected Bangladesh spot (6)
14 He thought it’s a town in France on the R Creuse (9)
16 Old Italian claim for part of Slovenia’s transport and an upset about oil products (8)
17 Soya sits uncomfortably in the earthly balance of things (8)
19 New Testament book with hard language (7)
20 Disgust expressed over bad
weather here in the Gulf (7)
21 Croatian city where burghers turned over state (6)
22 Darling, you meet this flower often only in the wet season! (6)
25 Describing Germanic writing on jacket with the first letter mutating to ‘r’ (5)

Quick
Across

1 Troubled Asian country independent since the mid-18th century (11)
7 Country dwelling, usually a farmhouse, in the French Midi (3)
9 Island site of Vanuatu’s capital, Vila (5)
10 Type of map projection, synonymous with Zenithal (9)
11 As a mythical warrior-woman: of the S American hinterland (9)
12/28 Oceanic feature of eastern N Island, New Zealand – not the administrative region (5,3)
13 German baroque city, badly bombed by the Allies in WW2 (7)
15 Acronym for 1949 defence treaty (4)
18 Title given to kings of Bulgaria (4)
20 European peninsula plagued by strife since the 3rd century AD (7)
23 Dutch Caribbean island, independent from the Netherlands Antilles since 1986 (5)
24 Wives of Indian princes (9)
26 Island site of the Cook Islands
capital, Avarua (9)
27 Zambia’s commercial capital (5)
28 See 12
29 Town founded in 1661 in New York State on the 7 (11)

Down
1 Capital of S Australia (8)
2 Libyan oasis (8)
3 Slave-trading capital of French and German Togo (5)
4 Citizen of a European country which achieved unification in 1870 (7)
5 Within Versailles, the Grand and Petit ———- palaces (7)
6 Swiss city and canton of the Jura (9)
7 Native American tribe, a sub-group of the Iroquois (6)
8 Bangladeshi town, bordered on three sides by India (6)
14 ‘Cogito, ergo sum’: Réné ————-, 1596-1650 (9)
16 Classical (Italian) name for the Krajina region of Slovenia (8)
17 Rise and fall of landmasses, above and below the Earth’s crust, in balance (8)
19 Rhaetic language of the upper Rhine and the SE Alps (7)
20 Sheikdom in the Persian Gulf, originally prized for its pearl-fishing (7)
21 Capital of Croatia (6)
22 With its seasonal tributary, the Darling, Australia’s longest water-course (6)
25 Pertaining to ancient Germanic writing symbols (5)

NI x-word: solution to no.69

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Big Bad World by P J Polyp
Big Bad World by P J Polyp

 

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