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The NI Crossword -- No 63 by Axe
8 Java rose in turmoil witnessing Balkan trouble spot (8)
9 An old writer nearly came to a town in Abruzzi (6)
10 First class in Georgia to find Earth symbol (4)
11 CIA gun up agitator to recruit the extremist, Zorro, being Basque (10)
12 Tartar, a Hasidic convert, holds some going to desert (6)
13 Take first turn right out of S African city to find a tribe native to another continent (6)
15 Quite calm here on the Mexican border (7)
17 Some ski in the Arctic? (7)
20 French rocket detailed to take in a part of Iran in the past (6)
22 Internet people take English on board. Is it still all Greek? (6)
25 ‘Bye to mango, newly nurtured here in Jamaica (7,3)
26 Rings, about to say hello in part of the US (4)
27 New Britain’s principal settlement is to have a student acceptable between right and left (6)
28 24 province in the Alps a near hit sent reeling (8)

1 Weekend sees a strike at a wildlife park set in Michigan (9)
2 Pine for S American river (6)
3 The Spanish go slowly up to empty base around Serbian
centre (8)
4 Chilean silver-mining centre Police Officer One-Zero patrols without American pressure (7)
5 Chart from Ugandan starting point to a port on the Indian Ocean (6)
6 Half the Bantu, about 80% of China and Italy produce
courgettes (8)
7 To the Spanish, Scottish river may be in Mongolia (5)
14 One of the West Indian brothers? (9)
16 Sikh city amir sacked, supported by Russian leader (8)
18 Larry’s extremely bad actor’s the basis for sea dog from Pembrokeshire (8)
19 Boycott town in N England and make one in Oxfordshire cross? (7)
21 African country has a bearing on Indian enclave’s blockading of port... (6)
23 ...and running rings round another, it being Portuguese-based! (6)
24 This Italian would be amorous but for twitch! (5)


8 Capital of Bosnia (8)
9 Chief city of the Italian region of Abruzzi (6)
10 Greek goddess, the personification of Earth (4)
11 One from a region of the Basque country (10)
12 N African wasteland (6)
13 N American native and river port of Illinois (6)
15 Twin border town straddling the Arizona (US) and Sonara (Mexico) frontier (7)
17 Inhabitants within the Arctic Circle whose Algonquin name means ‘eaters of raw flesh’ (7)
20 Part of ancient Persia south of the Oxus (Amu Darya) (6)
22 Greek colony established in Asia Minor, after expulsion by the Dorians in 12C BC (6)
25 Jamaican resort (7,3)
26 The ‘Buckeye State’, the 17th of the Union (1803) (4)
27 Capital of eastern New Britain, part of Papua New Guinea (6)
28 Roman alpine provincial from E Switzerland and the Austrian Tyrol (8)

1 Michigan town and river (9)
2 River flowing vaguely SW for 3300 km into the estuary of the River Plate (6)
3 Yugoslav capital (8)
4 Chilean silver- and copper-mining centre on the edge of the Atacama Desert (7)
5 African capital, formerly Lourenco Marques (6)
6 Courgettes as known in America and Australia (8)
7 SW Mongolian regional capital, near the Gobi Desert (5)
14 One from the northernmost and largest of the Windward Islands (9)
16 Sikh-founded Indian city (8)
18 Short-legged wire-haired terrier getting its name from a village near Fishguard in west Wales (8)
19 Oxfordshire market town made famous in a nursery rhyme (7)
21 African country, capital Luanda (6)
23 Portugal’s second city, on the Duoro river (6)
24 The original, said to have founded his city in 735 BC? (5)

NI x-word: solution to no.62

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


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