Solution will appear in MetroPlus dated

May 23, 2011.

Solution No. 10496

Across

1Conical (anag) — pithy (7)

8Plant with brightly

coloured flowers (7)

9Monarch (7)

10Large building (7)

11Berlin's river (5)

13The “Badger State” (9)

15Playwright (9)

18Draconian (5)

21British moorland fern (7)

22Great outburst of applause (7)

23Hand tool (7)

24Friendly understanding (7)

Down

1City of northern England

— castle of southern

England (5)

2Frolic — edible flower bud (5)

3Causing anxiety (5-8)

4Stroke (6)

5Become involved for

personal gain (3,2,2,3,3)

6Motion pictures (6)

7Longest British river (6)

12Rain heavily (4)

14The Thames at Oxford (4)

15Seabed (anag) (6)

16Palestinian leader, Nobel

Peace Prize winner 1994 (6)

17Disregard (6)

199 across's period in office

(5)

20Joint on which something

swings (5)

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