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2 Querulous third replaced with tattered rag for the unreserved (9) 8 Acronymica­lly needing needle? Oh yes! (5)

9 Scam ill-advised when involving royal stepmother (7) 10 Random Danish mist (3,3,4)

12 Be a match for viral disorder (5)

14 Cockney rhymes in unceremoni­ous language (5)

15 Pea stalks discussed at meetings, to deflect war (5,5) 18 Wander off without a map? Oh go away! (3,4)

19 Wood-eating beetle used by drillers (5) 20 Tinted feathers

moderated (5,4)

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1 Spooner wondered whether fate would change light fighter (13)

2 Leave citizen to adopt local culture (2,6) 3 Singer Charles on poor man’s silk (5) 4 Having no complexes? That’s simple! (13)

5 Sea is draining away from the cosmos.

Is it by diffusion? (7) 6 Last to be shaken at the table (4)

7 Principal with a lost dog is setting a bad example (7,6)

11 Called Ron for Harry Potter’s pot (8)

13 Told whoppers? Have a nap! (3-4)

16 It’s socially forbidden to refashion a boot (5) 17 Test modified. Let it stand on printed proof (4)

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