Cape Times

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ACROSS

3 She may take the wheel with dazzling effect (9) 8 Growing source of arrow poison (4) 9 As decreed, I go in the artillery (9) 10 Do return to tidy around a curiosity (6) 11 Strong beer (5) 14 She puts quite a lot of ice in her beer (5) 15 Not all an actor may play (4) 16 Unthinking worker who is all for automation (5) 18 It gets me back in the newspaper (4) 20 A revolution­ary invention (5) 21 Save a ship and rescue about fifty (5) 24 He shoots out from hiding (6) 25 He is named for the post (9) 26 It plays between two and four (4) 27 Essential employee in the security business? (3,6)

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1 Yet someone has to pull the trigger (9) 2 Not an easy paper on the subject of Dickens? (4,5) 4 Offhand and breezy (4) 5 One in a crowd gets a lift (5) 6 The way to the top - and why you can’t get there (4,2) 7 Cut a prison term (4) 9 This is an alternativ­e to returning to her (5) 11 New bales of fur (5) 12 Act - as a dismantler? (4,5) 13 Pantry is apparently not yet full (5-4) 17 Re-unite it with new string (5) 19 Some meat and veg. (6) 22 A guard to face (5) 23 Lied about being out of work (4) 24 Withered rose rescued in part (4)

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