Solution will appear in MetroPlus datedDecember 8, 2012. Solution No. 10975

Across

5 Garish, very wide

neckwear (6,3)

8 Pound (slang) (4)

9 Arrogantly confident

(8)

10 Gecko, for example (6)

11 Deep narrow gorge

with steep sides (6)

13 Spur — incentive (6)

15 Old banger (6)

16 Appointment of friends

to jobs, regardless of

qualifications (8)

18 Centre of rotation (4)

19 Plant with showy

flowers — I rally Sam

(anag) (9)

Down

1 Apple blown from a

tree (8)

2 Given more flavour (6)

3 Food shop (6)

4 Snake’s sibilant sound

(4)

6 Providing additional

support (9)

7 Motor race (5,4)

12 Describing lava? (8)

14 Small monastery or

nunnery (6)

15 Mix up (6)

17 Call (4)

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