Across

1 Young flower (gathering recommended!) (7)

8 Contain (7)

9 Page boy (7)

10 Humanity (7)

11 Forwards at rugby union (5)

13 Former prime minister (9)

15 Supposed emanation from medium (9)

18 Express willingness – present (5)

21 Soften slightly in preparation for frying (7)

22 Increase (7)

23 Annotations of events (7)

24 Old jailer (7)

Down

1 Pictorial pun (5)

2 Woodland deity (5)

3 Storage space for housework items (5,8)

4 Gloomy (6)

5 One given to malicious gossip (13)

6 Penalise (6)

7 Gloomy – slow moving (6)

17 Long-tailed reptile (abbr) (4)

14 Last Stuart monarch, d. 1714 (4)

15 Sell or give to another country (6)

16 Three times (6)

17 Finally (2,4)

19 Little spot (5)

20 In a bad temper (5)

Solution to this crossword will appear in MetroPlus dated July 10, 2010.

Solution No. 10226