Solution will appear in MetroPlus datedSeptember 20, 2013. Solution No. 11319

Across

1 Business transaction

(4)

3 Egg-laying mammal (8)

8 Walking stick (4)

9 Capital on the Danube

(8)

11 Spent wastefully (10)

14 Winner (6)

15 In one’s own house

(2,4)

17 About (10)

20 Payments for insurance

(8)

21 Move by slow degrees

(4)

22 Putin’s people — as in

USSR (anag) (8)

23 Open tart with a sweet

or savoury filling (4)

Down

1 Crucial (8)

2 Proclaim (8)

4 Allure (anag) (6)

5 Path of a projectile (10)

6 Equal (4)

7 Location (4)

10 AD (4,6)

12 Hypothetical (8)

13 Extend (8)

16 Insightfulness (6)

18 Pole used to support

sails or rigging (4)

19 Disorderly state (4)

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