Cryp­tic cross­word

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ACROSS

1. Op­po­si­tion men­tally may mean a fight (8)

4. Catch sight of East­ern es­pi­onage agent (4)

8. This fab­u­lous bird sounded stony (3)

9. Vic­tory sign in auc­tion that may soothe one (5) 10. Some­thing pot­ted quite ar­ti­fi­cially in­side (3)

11. So far as his job is con­cerned, he may go to blazes (7) 12. Par­tic­u­lar urge to re­turn a bit of the coun­try (5) 13. Dis­cov­ered the truth had been set up like a busi­ness (11) 17. Light­ning ap­pear­ance of a shoul­der badge (5)

18. How up­set­ting it is to toil­ers if one sim­ply hangs about (7) 20. Some­body in­def­i­nite – not nec­es­sar­ily sin­gle, how­ever (3) 21. A deadly sin­ful num­ber (5)

22. Even the re­sult may be a bow (3)

23. Of which 21 Ac are mul­ti­plied by 52, 6 Down (4) 24. In paint­ing groan about it look­ing so haughty (8)

DOWN

1. RAF ace some­how bot­tled and brought to ta­ble (6)

2. It’s more pleas­ant to find French re­sort right at the end (5) 3. One point on top of the other may be found in the ab­domen (5)

5. No charge for ra­dio re­ceiver: let it go! (3,4)

6. Timely ap­pear­ance of the an­nual – or the peren­nial? (6) 7. Hol­low state of the blues drawn by weath­er­man? (10)

9. He is my past, and will thus show fel­low-feel­ing (10) 14. Be­ing underhanded about heap of change: good fig­ure! (7) 15. Yield, but bear the ex­pense (6)

16. A sound smell for the climb (6)

18. Some­thing or­ganic for five un­for­tu­nately to rile about (5) 19. Some­thing else to be gained by the bye, per­haps (5)

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