Cryptic crossword

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

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1. One em­ployed in the re­moval busi­ness? (5,6) 9. French pain­ter met an ec­cen­tric (5) 10. Nutty-sound­ing of­fi­cer (7) 11. Light­ing cir­cuit in­volves a thou­sand (4) 12. Blind Ital­ian? (8) 14. One who is suc­cess­ful in beat­ing all the oth­ers (6) 15. Pope up­set by the French na­tion (6) 18. Hen and rat run wild round each end of the al­pha­bet in Is­rael (8) 20. Re­buke for re­turn­ing cakes (4) 22. Build­ing a shed if I cer­tify the in­te­rior (7) 23. Get over an af­flic­tion (5) 24. Re­solv­ing to pre­vent the dig­ging of coal (11)

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2. One who im­ple­ments sus­pended sen­tences (7) 3. The first to get in the money at fes­ti­val (4) 4. Cruel like a can­dle? (6) 5. Ever lied about hav­ing eased pain (8) 6. Bore­dom’s a rot­ten nui­sance to some ex­tent (5) 7. Lit­tle sur­prise from an in­fant prodigy (5,6) 8. Old gun moves clum­sily about ve­hi­cle (11) 13. Close to the team left in a car (8) 16. Bridge or another card game (7) 17. Cur­rent master switch (6) 19. From Gaza I re­turned to the coun­try (5) 21. Old Bob is able to scru­ti­nise (4)

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