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Cryp­tic cross­word

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ACROSS

1. Hair­dresser’s staff (7,4) 9. See 17 Down 10. Desert holiday (5) 11. A bit of seren­ity, we hear (5) 12. Teth­ered to a build­ing at the back of the meadow (7) 13. To stop some of the es­capades is tempt­ing (6) 15. She’s in charge of her sis­ters (6) 18. Bro­ken ro­mance – it’s a fid­dle (7) 20. One who gets a liv­ing by reg­u­larly giv­ing a service (5) 22. Col­lege win­dow (5) 23. Scorn said to be used in a row (7) 24. Pre­pared to lie (5,3,3)

DOWN

2. Fa­ther turns up the top card quickly (5) 3. Outer parts of the cas­tle lie in ru­ins sur­rounded by lau­rels (7) 4. Lav­ishly en­ter­tain one with kingly bear­ing (6) 5. Mother fol­low­ing friend to Balearic re­sort (5) 6. Hide the real mix­ture (7) 7. One en­gaged in naval op­er­a­tions (5,6) 8. It’s kept on hand af­ter the match (7,4) 14. Not re­pro­duc­ing var­i­ous rites writ­ten by the French (7) 16. One to con­sult when a diver’s in trou­ble (7) 17 & 9Ac. Some­what de­fec­tive in sound sense (4,2,7) 19. Tipsy, but en­abled to move eas­ily (5) 21. I will leave the car­riage to go hunt­ing (5)

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