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CRYPTIC

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Across

1 Presumed party leader outlasted party (10) 7 Ignore a complicati­on from an earlier time (4,3) 8 Internet joke outfit (5) 10 Look to maintain backing (4) 11 Look at meat counters (8) 13 Twisted dog took the lead (6) 14 Manuscript with less than top-level luminosity (6) 17 Strange pose handed down to one’s betrothed (8) 19 Four split poles are tea makers (4) 21 Carry on with criticism (5) 22 At present, present and not present (7) 23 Not necessaril­y cunning to follow pointers (10)

Down

1 Unit in support of frontiersm­an (7) 2 Reeled from sore head and upset stomach (4) 3 Practical turn in self-employment after university (6) 4 Different department­s given nice work through the years (8) 5 First among equals played duet or solo piece (5) 6 Pedants or those splitting hairs over tiny issues? (10) 9 Old hand found Spooner’s mizzen divine (4,6) 12 Shot down in flames and thrown out of bed? (8) 15 Clear corrupt American state was stealing (7) 16 Can see trouble in attempt to contact the dead (6) 18 Put a value on pair of diamonds (5) 20 Boring implement to dispense laws (4)

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625
SOLUTION 625

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