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The Dominion Post - Your Weekend (Dominion Post) - - Weekend Puzzles -

1. Nearly loses fifty, re­placed by a bil­lion not far away (6) 4. By the sound of it, date how the bats­man was dis­missed (6) 8. Use Cora shab­bily to go on a drink­ing spree (7) 9. Wiring that Heather’s af­ter a ve­hi­cle for hire (7) 11. Claimed it’s kept in good con­di­tion (10) 12. Otago Law School fi­nally gets the hooter (3) 13. Love fol­low­ing the nui­sance to get a sauce (5) 14. Thingum­myjigs, they could be pill­boxes within the comics’ grasp (8) 16. Once more the abom­inable crea­ture’s cut short with a growth in wealth (3,5) 18. Poet ad­mit­ting noth­ing but the pro­vi­sion of reg­u­lar meals (5) 20. The health club quar­rel is cut short (3) 21. Where vis­i­tors leave com­ments and ver­bally es­ti­mated the vol­umes (5,5) 23. Un­hur­ried prayer (7) 24. The sausages are crack­ers (7) 25. A dessert for the start of the week I hear (6) 26. Present a dis­turbingly wet sob (6)

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1. The an­te­lope re­turned in the Malay News (5) 2. Mea­sures for rel­a­tives har­bour­ing the med­i­cal of­fi­cer (7) 3. To or­der around a star for the dance (5,4) 5. Hawar­den holds the gong (5) 6. Stupid peo­ple put money into petrol (7) 7. Rust-proofed and coloured around the

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