CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

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Give your brain a work­out! To check if you’re right, see so­lu­tions.

ACROSS

1 Zero par­ity over creative hedge-trim­ming (7) 5 Lu­nar il­lu­mi­na­tion over­comes thin gloom (9) 7 Trou­ble preva­lent on thor­ough­fare (6) 8 Dog­fights all about fruit (3) 10 Ja­panese food? Ask Sue, she will tell you (5) 11 Odd grass vapour (3) 12 The French vest en­hances slen­der, grace­ful fig­ure (6) 15 Men driven crazy... don’t worry about it (5,4) 16 Wealthy widow joins party bet (7)

DOWN

1 Pa­per first to in­clude many ex­clu­sive sto­ries (5) 2 Move on with mon­ster in pub­lic re­la­tions ves­sel (8) 3 Goya prac­tised Ori­en­tal stretch­ing and med­i­ta­tion (4) 4 Years af­ter baby’s bed tells of small dwelling (7) 6 Elvis’ fear over­come by beach safety vol­un­teer (9) 8 Tom Jones’ au­thor not bat­ting (8) 9 Op­posed a gi­ant’s or­der (7) 13 I had a short word with downy duck (5) 14 En­thu­si­as­tic diva re­turned (4)

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