Cryptic crossword

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

ACROSS

1. Part needed to com­plete the chain (7,4) 9. Right pier re­paired, it was more than ready (5) 10. Beastly, like the sty’s oc­cu­pants (7) 11. & 20 Across. There’s no curb­ing a horse given it (4,4) 12. How wait­ers formed a line (6,2) 14. Lose one’s ap­pren­tice dur­ing the month (6) 15. Ob­tain en­ergy through sea­son­ing (6) 18. Not im­prov­ing by re­frain­ing from be­ing a gam­bler (2,6) 20. See 11 Across 22. Note not in­ter­fered with by man (7) 23. Tea in store (5) 24. Pay­ment we are al­lowed to of­fer (5,6)

DOWN

2. In­flu­ence one help­less maid with the jour­nal­ists (7) 3. Ir­ri­tat­ing choice of di­rec­tions (4) 4. Push on to pre­pare the meal (4-2) 5. Hav­ing plenty of free time, was cer­tain I had fol­lowed the French round (8) 6. Nymph ex­cited Adrian right away (5) 7. Dig­ging for gold un­der the snow? (5-6) 8. Cheap gin Ron ar­ranged while act­ing as es­cort (11) 13. A brace, it broke down the germs (8) 16. In­tro­duc­tory lines writ­ten at speed about one who sup­plies a tes­ti­mo­nial (7) 17. Fa­natic to laze about (6) 19. Swim club he joined (5) 21. Look at what verse should do (4)

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