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CRYP­TIC CLUES

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01 Groups of agents in pri­son (5) 04 Imag­ine hav­ing to dine and sit to­gether (7) 08 Big spenders al­ways in­clude a tip (3) 09 Burly but show­ing a very soft heart in a row (9) 10 They may lift or bring down (7) 11 Hes­i­tantly stated a colour and was wrong (5) 13 They usu­ally lead to the quarry (6) 15 At­tack a fool and suf­fer af­ter­wards (6) 18 Ex­penses le­gally in­curred (5) 19 Im­ma­ture tim­ber from which pal­ings may be made (7) 21 Us­ing such a pen­cil is (9) 23 It may help a team to win by a point (3) 24 Strongly af­fect by leav­ing one’s mark? (7) 25 Only one of them can be right (5) DOWN

01 Makes a se­cret assig­na­tion (7) 02 Ridicu­lous, ridicu­lous, ridicu­lous. I quit! (9) 03 Cordage used when sails are furled (5) 04 Point up in pres­sure (6) 05 They may be black or white pelts (7) 06 Sash 50% too big (3) 07 Went round or moved side­ways (5) 12 En­joy what peo­ple have writ­ten in retirement? (4,2,3) 14 A po­lit­i­cal favour? (7) 16 Tug­boats? (7) 17 Nat­u­rally they have a shaky rep­u­ta­tion as writ­ers (6) 18 Is­land where the goat goes with­out corn (5) 20 Sort of steps taken to get ver­min (5) 22 The lit­tle devil’s sim­ply with­out cun­ning (3)

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