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16 maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 2 FEBRUARY 2022 ACROSS 1) Calculating snake? 6) Term of respect for a woman 10) Parts of weather forecasts 14) Wilkes-___, Pa. 15) Champion gymnast Korbut 16) Baby's nurse, in China 17) Be untruthful on an appli- cation, in a way 20) Bulky dictionary section 21) Pal of "pal" 22) Ran 100 yards, perhaps 23) Inheritor 26) Outstanding debt 27) Track down 29) Greenish-blues 30) Wed in haste 31) Drench 32) Republicans, for short 35) Pickling bottles, e.g. 39) Bambi's mother, for one 40) Wrangler alternatives 41) Acting credits 42) Brakes and slides 44) X may mark it 45) Choice after a football coin toss 48) Evoke emotion from 49) Make soda water 50) Poetic preposition 51) ___ Beta Kappa 54) Suffering writer's block 58) Longtime Yugoslav leader 59) Has no life 60) Wispy white clouds 61) No longer waiting for the doctor 62) Grazing areas 63) Affirmatives DOWN 1) With a can-do attitude 2) Honoree's locale 3) "No shoes, no shirt, no service," for one 4) Stat for a pitcher 5) A Civil War soldier, fo r s hort 6) Express sorrow 7) Sax range 8) "Long ___ and far away..." 9) Magician of the comics 10) Bonny ones 11) Beach at Normandy 12) Track placem ent? 13) Backyard units 18) Bassoon kin 19) Acquire through hard work 24) Garment for a superhero 25) It's on the agenda 26) Kin of 16-Across 27) Not suitable for all audi- ences 28) Mishmash 29) Dove houses 31) Type of leather 32) Horseback riders, at times 33) Cookie brand 34) Soft attention-getter 36) Dressing component, sometime s 37) "Darn it all!" 38) Sudden impact 42) Add spices to 43) Cultural group 44) This meat is bull 45) Some flotation devices 46) Causing the willies 47) Largest of the Greek Islands 48) Picturesque caverns, for short 50) Catania lies at its foot 52) Rabbit relative 53) Cow-homed goddess 55) Cause of wear and tear 56) Steely, as nerves 57) Big roller at a casino Solution to last week's crossword The answers to today's crossword will be published in next week's Midweek edition Weather Partly cloudy Visibility Good Wind North Northwest force 7 backing Northwest force 5 to 6 and becoming force 4 to 5 overnight TODAY TOMORROW Crossword WEATHER WINDY MAINLY SUNNY 14 0 / 10 0 15 0 / 8 0 FEELS LIKE 11 0 FEELS LIKE 13 0 KURT SANSONE A Russian military flotil- la is sailing north of Malta through the Sicilian Channel and is being closely followed by NATO forces. The six amphibious land- ing ships will take part in large-scale manoeuvres planned in the Mediterrane- an, according to a previous announcement by the Rus- sian Defence Ministry. However, it is believed the ships are on their way to Crimea in the Black Sea, a region in Ukraine that Rus- sia invaded and annexed in 2014. A massive Russian military build-up on Ukraine's east- ern and southern borders has stoked fears of another inva- sion. The US and its NATO allies have warned Russia an invasion of Ukraine will lead to dire consequences. The Russian warships set sail from the ports of Sever- omorsk (North Fleet) and Baltijsk (Baltic Fleet) around mid-January and entered the Mediterranean at the Straits of Gibraltar on 27 January. Other Russian warships are expected to participate in the Mediterranean exercis- es. Italian news agency ANSA said the formation was sail- ing through international waters and NATO had been following the path of the naval group since it set out from the Baltic ports. "Neither NATO forces nor the Russian naval forma- tion have shown escalatory behaviour or intentions," a NATO spokesperson said. The Russian fleet is being monitored by NATO ships and aircraft. The alliance is currently conducting naval exercises off the Italian coast of Calabria. Russian military flotilla sails north of Malta as tensions simmer over Ukraine

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