Solution will appear in MetroPlus dated October 16, 2013. Solution No. 11340

Across

1 (Of furniture) to be

assembled by the buyer (4-4)

5 Bluish-white metal (4)

9 Type of herring — small

person or thing (5)

10 Land of the free and home

of the brave? (7)

11 Very old record (7-5)

13 Most senior of two (6)

14 From a Spanish/French

border region (6)

17 Invisible outfit? (8,4)

20 Without a shirt, vest or

bra? (7)

21 City — pope (5)

22 (Of a cat) tailless (4)

23 Happening any moment

now (8)

Down

1 Tube or cord for igniting an

explosive (4)

2 Numbskull (7)

3 On which items are

“thrown” (7,5)

4 Devious (6)

6 Cake topping (5)

7 City southwest of Paris —

arch rest (anag) (8)

8 Elusive but pleasing

quality (2,2,4,4)

12 In exactly the words used (8)

15 Minor complaint (7)

16 Money to get a hostage

released (6)

18 Become ready to eat (5)

19 Use needles to make

clothes (4)

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