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16 maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 29 JUNE 2022 NEWS ACROSS 1) Life of ___ (carefree existence) 6) Flat-bottomed open boat 11) "Shogun" sash 14) Apparently amazed 15) Country of over l billion 16) Car tracking digits (abbr.) 17) Gain experience 20) Doubter's outbursts 21) Like most NBA players 22) Calorie-rich pastry 23) 67.5 degrees, on a compass 24) Retail center 25) Fence repairer 26) Bronco catcher 28) Deafening noise 29) Find in a mine 30) Hole in your head 34) Bums of documentaries 35) Provider of wide-angle shots 37) One way to get the gravy 38) Fonner or previous 39) Affectionate utterance 40) Cape ___ (cottage style) 41) Olympic prize 45) Greyhound alternative 47) Crossing the Atlantic 50) Day before a holiday 51) Dutch shoe 52) "___ go bragh" 53) Hairy jungle creatures 54) Maryland state flowers 57) Be in pain 58) Model of perfection 59) "Beetle Bailey" character 60) "200l" mainframe 6 J) From Oslo , e.g. 62) More likely DOWN 1) "Friends" female 2) Big lizard 3) Woodworker's machines 4) Classic poetry 5) Japanese currency 6) Twine fiber 7) Bell sound 8) Short poem (var.) 9) "Fee ___ foe furn" 10) Enrich 11) Goes too far 12) Marsh heron 13) "Psst!" follower 18) Airport stat. 19) Billion years 24) Cow sounds 25) Prefix meaning "one thousandth" 27) Quick cut 28) Attempt to lose weight 31) Prepared Bond's martini 32) Work the bar 33) "The Catcher in the ___" 34) Santa's seat? 35) Gridiron game 36) Mme. Bovary 37) Hom of Africa nation 39) "Rock the ___" (The Clash hit) 40) Birch tree spike 42) Make an exit 43) Exact retribution 44) Not as great 46) Legendary elephant eater 47) Vicinities 48) Move like a crab 49) Coast Guard officer (abbr.) 52) You right now, theme- wise 53) "... and make it fast!" 55) Tokyo, long ago 56) Place with a president F Solution to last week's crossword The answers to today's crossword will be published in next week's Midweek edition Weather Fine, locally partly to rather cloudy at first and overnight Visibility Moderate becoming good Wind West to Northwest force 3 locally force 4 TODAY TOMORROW Crossword WEATHER HOT & SUNNY HOT & SUNNY 38 0 / 26 0 37 0 / 26 0 FEELS LIKE 40 0 FEELS LIKE 39 0 COLONEL Clinton O'Neill has been appointed brigadier and commander of the Armed Forc- es of Malta, the National Securi- ty Ministry said on Tuesday. O'Neill will replace former commander Jeffrey Curmi who retired and is now CEO at Transport Malta. The ministry also appointed Colonel Edric Zahra as deputy commander to replace Colonel Mark Mallia who was appoint- ed to a new role at Identity Malta. The appointments were made by National Security Minister Byron Camilleri. O'Neill joined the AFM in 1992 and was a pilot in the ar- my's air wing, which he later headed. In 2013, O'Neill re- ceived the medal for service to the Republic on behalf of the AFM's Air Wing. He most recently headed the Operations, Plans and Intel- ligence Branch at army head- quarters. O'Neill also formed part of Frontex, the European and Border Coast Guard agen- cy. During his career, he was in- volved in overseas operations as part of a mobile training team that served in Senegal, Israel and Libya. As part of the EU's joint operation Nettuno, he also served in Lampedusa and Sicily. Colonel Zahra joined the AFM in 1999 and over the past five years headed the AFM's First Regiment. He has specialised training in ship boarding techniques and served as a platoon commander in C-Company. Clinton O'Neill appointed army commander Colonel Clinton O'Neill has been appointed commander of the Armed Forces of Malta and Colonel Edric Zahra as deputy commander Colonel Clinton O'Neill (left) has been appointed brigadier and commander of the AFM, while Colonel Edric Zahra (right) was appointed deputy commander

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