Solution will appear in MetroPlus tomorrow. Solution No. 10977

Across

1 Savant (anag) (6)

4 Triangular upper part of a

wall under a roof (5)

7 Offensive about a

particular gender (6)

8 Burrowing rodent of north

and central America (6)

9 Magic stick? (4)

10 Person of wide-ranging

knowledge (8)

12 Theatrical make-up (11)

17 Space made by burrowing

creatures in fruit, wood,

books etc (8)

19 Car — river crossing (4)

20 Expose (pretentious claims?) (6)

21 Courageous (6)

22 Eccentric — like nougat? (5)

23 Hanging limply —

animated dog created by

Tex Avery (6)

Down

1 The whole thing? (7)

2 Twirl (thumbs?) (7)

3 Italian hors d’oeuvre (9)

4 Sticky (5)

5 Gulf sheikhdom (7)

6 (Of humour) coarse (6)

11 Person interpreting from

mouth movements (3-6)

13 Melted cheese on toast (7)

14 (Hellish) blaze (7)

15 Oppression (7)

16 Home of ABBA, Volvo and

smorgasbord (6)

18 (Of a man) strong and sexy

(5)

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