Crossword-setter extraordinaire LR aka Liam Runnalls has created a new crossword just for our Festival puzzlers. If you know the author of The Others or the playwright who married Marilyn Monroe then you're off to a good start! 

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NB: ? denotes cryptic clue 

Across

7 Australian author of The Others (2021) as well as Wimmera and The Rip, Mark ... (6)

8 ? Widen scandal involving Tesla CEO (8)

10 Actor Jeff from Jurassic Park (8)

11 Himalayan mountaineer (6)

12 Not affected by alcohol (5)

14 Went past on the highway (8)

15 Australian fantasy author, creator of The Obernewtyn Chronicles (8,7)

18 Nobel Prize-winning US writer (1897–1962), William ... (8)

19 A man, a plan, a ... Panama! (5)

21 Soak (6)

22 Balderdash; poppycock (8)

24 Winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Award for The Yield, ... Winch (4,4)

25 Australian journalist and author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent ... (6)

 

Down

1 Two well-known Australian novelists – Geraldine and David – share this surname (6)

2 Creator of Noddy and The Wishing-Chair, ... Blyton (4)

3 Playwright Arthur who was married to Marilyn Monroe (6)

4 Character played by Emma Watson (8,7)

5 ? More ants destroyed pot plant (8)

6 1972 satirical novel by Ira Levin, The ... Wives (8)

9 Prolific Australian writer of books for young people, including Two Weeks with the Queen, Morris ... (9)

13 Ancient civilisation in Mesopotamia (9)

16 ? I saw arty dance steps (8)

17 Describing an extended plane journey (4-4)

19 Nation with the Maple Leaf Flag (6)

20 Tutorial (6)

23 ? Swimmers endlessly sleep around (4)