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The solution to this crossword puzzle appears on page 8 of this issue

Across

1 Defensive trench (4)

3 Ancient language of

India (8)

8 Seize — snatch (4)

9 Stopped (8)

11 Choose selectively

from the best available

(6-4)

14 Reach one’s

destination (6)

15 Recess (6)

17 Sensible (2-8)

20 Church service late in

the day (8)

21 Part of a stairway (4)

22 Galaxy containing our

solar system (5,3)

23 Slender (4)

Down

1 Conjuror (8)

2 Non-professionals (8)

4 Brusque (6)

5 Dumbfounded (10)

6 American Jewish

novelist, Philip, b. 1933 (4)

7 Kerfuffle (2-2)

10 Hitherto (10)

12 First-rate (3-5)

13 Boy who never grew up

(5,3)

16 Part of the eye (6)

18 Division of the school

year (4)

19 Duck — dark greenishblue (4)

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