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Cryptic Crossword No. 2 (set by Keithlard)

Well thousands of you solved the previous crossword so it is obviously too easy! I have made a special fiendish extra-difficult one! Answers behind the cut.

1. Shout in pain? That’s cowardly (6)
4. He decides barber must cut head off and swallow it (7)
9. Keeps things ticking over? (9)
10. Irrational numbers in absurd sums (5)
11. I chew mule intestine, partly (5)
12. Explain train’s delayed and I’m lost (9)
13. Con artist creates split in railway company (7)
15. Concerned with lip, the French bail out (6)
17. Peter’s worried about unknown key again (6)
19. Quoted Indo-European backwards: such a retentive memory! (7)
22. English chaps enter race after a degree of decline (9)
24. Where actor may win repute? (2,3)
26. Beg deputy leader to go into prison (5)
27. Girl picked first piece of furniture, but may be flexible (9)
28. Conservative leader dunked in acid; initially, I expect apathy (7)
29. A no-good trainee journalist’s crooked (6)

1. Payback: radar pulse may indicate presence of dog (7)
2. Cruel, unusual, possibly filthy? (5)
3. Thus came back confusing memo: “Go for analysis of solution” (9)
4. Expose Lima’s corrupt postal system (7)
5. Foundation’s the start of building in its current state (5)
6. Confuse rat man, get shrew (9)
7. Less cautious pig could end up this way (6)
8. Queen’s after game of cards, like Torvill & Dean, for example (6)
14. I spy chief antelope in charge of Björk, for example (9)
16. Doctor and sailor back into northern game (9)
18. Two-thirds of cricket team fed up (7)
19. Accomplice nearly turned trick into crime (6)
20. Cycling star Lance: pheromone extract identified (7)
21. Football body’s CIA front (6)
23. Some men do improve (5)
25. Beer may foment student revolt (5)


I do not know if you like crosswords. I do. I thought I would have a go at making my own one up. I have a lot more respect for crossword setters now, as it is jolly hard work! Do not look at the answers until you have had a go yourself, first correct solution wins an unspecified awesome prize! (Not a guarantee.)

1. Pliable clay hat ordered by letter (14)
9. Compose tabla duet in regular fashion (9)
10. He possesses new design in gold (5)
11. Greek letter may be detail I’m missing (5)
12. Humiliating demotion (9)
13. Drat! Cop’s rewritten holiday missive (8)
14. He races for drink after drink (6)
17. English: fail or pass (6)
19. You’ll hear company’s after a hat in Mexico (8)
22. ‘Disturbing scurf’ rife among the less well-groomed (9)
24. Throw back in oversized Greek coins (5)
25. Huan, a confused Mexican (5)
26. Start eating, or I go crazy! (9)
27. Requirements for making scientific soap (14)

1. With workers all around, I force down Prozac (14)
2. Blues legend in disturbed sleep on the beach (7)
3. Nasal lice form relationships (9)
4. Overdose after shock - emergency room medic’s first to uncover outer skin (8)
5. In wind I go bluish colour (6)
6. Wool’s lacking direction in the marketplace (5)
7. Pulses badly lit through lens (7)
8. A love of company may arouse sniggers (14)
15. Endless publicity? Not I, street performer (9)
16. Heartless cad I squashed under a car (8)
18. Crashed Ira’s cool flying machine (7)
20. Spilled ale onto chap in much ado about nothing (7)
21. Warn about petty officer getting into fight (3,3)
23. Old money? Sounds believable (5)

Answers here

Answers to Crossword No. 1

Here are the answers to extra-fiendish Crossword No. 1.