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CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS

1 Wild fowl pre­pare to move away

from preda­tors (4,4)

5 This singer is a lot im­proved (4)

9 Fruit lose heart when cook uses

it (5)

10 Un­usual treat that is about to

come again (7)

11 She was one of his hero­ines (5,7)

13 Pe­ri­ods when things look

dif­fer­ent (6)

14 A pound to one on Bri­tain (6)

17 Key phrase? (7,5)

20 Lis­tener’s com­plaint (7)

21 He will shortly ring to say it (5)

22 A pre-match fling (4) 23 Pos­si­bly re­sisted one who

ar­ranges pub­li­ca­tion (8)

DOWN

1 A il­lu­mi­nat­ing­burn­ing is­sue (4) that’s

2 Sport­ing fish seen around Noah’s

ship (7)

3 Ideal sales ap­proach typ­i­cal of

fine mu­si­cians (7,5)

4 Hack­neyed de­scrip­tion of some

botanic lichens (6)

6 A nail may be put up to se­cure a

vine (5)

7 Spoilt Dover sole - cooked too

much (8)

8 Long lane that does have a

turn­ing for head­wear (3-6,3)

12 Loth to tackle any­thing not

lined out (8)

15 Glued in as a means to treat (7)

16 No­body dis­putes it’s the

equiv­a­lent of a deadly sin (6)

18 Nears new gains (5)

19 As­sumes they’re Span­ish (4)

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