Cryp­tic cross­word

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Puzzles -

ACROSS

1. Hands a draft out firmly and se­curely (4,3,4) 9. Help­ful per­son moves door­mats again (4,9) 10. Pro­fes­sional sat for pho­to­graph, as sug­gested (8) 12. Hor­ri­ble child’s first big ro­dent (4) 14. Tree from Colorado ski re­sort (5) 15. Pair up for sport­ing game (5) 19. For a new curly hair­style (4) 20. Poor Abe still in mid­dle of old Parisian prison (8) 22. Jokey prig­gery moves to trick­ery (7-6) 24. Lik­ing or pref­er­ence to slope (11)

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2. Trou­ble in mid­dle of mead­ows (3) 3. Find Sid turn­ing on lid (8) 4. Less sen­si­tive than one, or two, for ex­am­ple (6) 5. Fought, we hear, at for­ti­fied build­ing (4) 6. Re­lat­ing to com­edy – its racial again (9) 7. Amazed at a grape, not right (5) 8. Come to­gether, when held up in ret­inue (5) 11. Fe­male hor­mone changes toes on ac­tor Seth (9) 13. Fi­nal mail heard at RSAs across the coun­try (4,4) 16. Pater­son’s gui­tar-like in­stru­ment? (5) 17. Amer­i­can yon­der, seen in mid­dle of deep gorge (6) 18. Artist Mr Done, and you, in African coun­try (5) 21. Rem­edy, we hear, part of foot (4) 23. The self to go from East (3)

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