the hard way

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ACROSS 1 Where al­co­hol is made in­ac­tive ( 5) 4 A fi shing boat that will sail with the tide? ( 7) 8 Run­ner in a vig­or­ous kind of win­ter sport ( 3) 9 Defi nitely not many bones bro­ken ( 2,2,5) 10 Pro­vide a group with weapons for an en­cir­clement? ( 7) 11 Make a fi nan­cial re­turn ( 5) 13 Tug­men out for a lit­tle spice ( 6) 15 He has an im­por­tant job, on pa­per ( 6) 18 Sup­ports a play or play­ers ( 5) 19 It’s dis­turb­ing hav­ing the wrong spirit in work ( 7) 21 Com­mu­nist and Ger­man worker no longer needed ( 9) 23 King emerg­ing from bit­ter ex­ile ( 3) 24 Fig­ures in the Old Tes­ta­ment ( 7) 25 I hur­ried round and had a look ( 5) DOWN 1 Keep us up to the mark ( 7) 2 Crazy about Mum, in a man­ner of speak­ing ( 9) 3 The scales need some cal­i­bra­tion ( 5) 4 Strip of Dundee ori­gin ( 6) 5 Shut up! ( 7) 6 Re­fresh­ment in the late af­ter­noon ( 3) 7 One can­not be sure if such a sit­u­a­tion ex­ists ( 5) 12 Pour or tip out a de­light­ful mix­ture ( 3-6) 14 Ex­tract the driv­ing spirit of France ( 7) 16 Slack­ened and be­came loose in a rush ( 7) 17 Wan­ders away from the street lights ( 6) 18 There’s noth­ing in the cat­tle shed, my lord ( 5) 20 Speeds reg­u­lated by lo­cal authorities ( 5) 22 It holds wa­ter, rel­a­tively speak­ing ( 3)

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