Solution will appear in MetroPlus dated August 25, 2011. Solution No. 10577

Across

1 Waste matter carried away

in drains (6)

4 Court game — marrow-like

plant (6)

8 Box and cox, for example (5)

9 One financially supporting

an activity (7)

10 Highly scented flower (7)

11 Wild dog (5)

12,17 400-year-old book (4,5,5)

19 Large flatfish (7)

21 Fine (semi)transparent

fabric (7)

22 Clean with broom (5)

23 Seat on horse or bike (6)

24 Evergreen shrub (6)

Down

1 Absolution and penance

(now usually short!) (6)

2 Bird related to

woodpecker (7)

3 Conjecture (5)

5 Former (Latin) — man

quod (anag) (7)

6 Fire-raising (5)

7 Agricultural implement —

cause pain to (feelings) (6)

9 Ruler who created the Taj

Mahal (4,5)

13 Necessary (7)

14 Theme — one under rule (7)

15 Counting device (6)

16 Fastener — principal (6)

18 Construct (5)

20 Full of strength and

energy (5)

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