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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - PUZZLES -

Across

1 Lose en­ergy on get­ting con­tainer of wine (6) 8 Not on with one fin­ish­ing as a law­breaker (8) 9 A long way be­tween two sim­ple happy ex­pres­sions (6) 10 Timed end­less pace hav­ing made a strong im­pres­sion (8) 11 Most of water let around an aca­cia (6) 12 Called for as­sis­tance in climb­ing the lad­der (4) 13 Ce­real some­times starts trou­bles for walk­ers (5) 16 Begged nearly all to be en­cour­aged (5) 19 Get by in the top assem­bly (4) 21 Hangs on tightly to catch first fish ... (6) 22 ... in a group to at­tract the fe­male (8) 23 Ducks down in the mat­tresses (6) 24 Im­proper with learner at in­side made to roll in waves (8) 25 Passes on the Span­ish en­gine (6)

Down

2 Wild gam­bol usu­ally started chronic back pain ( 7) 3 Left eat­ing some jel­lied pro­tein from an­i­mal bones ( 7) 4 One top ruler is be­com­ing more in­quis­i­tive (6) 5 Leg­man chang­ing di­rec­tion in a mix-up ( 7) 6 The last tid­ings change with­out di­rec­tion when check­ing for er­rors ( 7) 7 New grid in bot­tom of river made con­nec­tion be­tween banks ( 7) 13 Throw away when all ac­tors are on strike (4,3) 14 Ready again to keep a lit­tle horse in tat­ters ( 7) 15 First time up, alas, for a broad bladed im­ple­ment to spread things ( 7) 17 Led off af­ter net­work in plate used for cook­ing ( 7) 18 Poor Ge­orge needs to start and swal­low greed­ily ( 7) 20 Long writ­ten pas­sage of sim­ple set of be­liefs (6)

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