CRYPTIC CLUES

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ACROSS 1 Where chil­dren alone are cared for (9) 8 Tune I com­posed makes us come to­gether (5) 9 Hasn’t made a score in years (7) 10 Car­ried round the is­land (6) 11 For him to laze is un­usual (6) 12 Put into wa­ter and sim­mered afresh (8) 15 In­ter­est shared about a point (8) 18 Op­er­atic hero­ine that is at heart be­trayed (6) 20 Un­usual qual­ity in cooked meat? (6) 21 Done with fin­gers but with­out hands (7) 22 It keeps a sharp eye on Amer­i­can arms (5) 23 Their guns will be bro­ken; you can bet on

it (4,5) DOWN 2 Thread rope through some of the cen­tre evenly (5) 3 Part that should be easy to grasp (6) 4 Not a pos­i­tive de­nial (8) 5 Where some monsieur op­er­ates? (6) 6 Nat­u­rally she has her pride (7) 7 Lit­tle known but giv­ing one credit (9) 11 Main part of the Nether­lands? (6,3) 13 It may be taken to pro­mote good feel­ing (8) 14 The mean way to de­clare over­time? (7) 16 It’s due for taxes (6) 17 El­e­gance of a for­eign lan­guage (6) 19 Debtor in a lot of trou­ble down here (5)

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