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The Mercury - - THE X-FILES - CRYP­TIC

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1 It’s dated even be­fore use in the of­fice (4,8)

7 Pre­pared to ex­plode – or not to ex­plode! (5)

8 A sud­den blow and noth­ing more gives zest for life (5) 9 Man­age to smug­gle (3)

10 It’s given to pro­vide re­lief for the sick (9)

11 Turn­ing balls of­fer chances (6)

12 Tem­po­rar­ily stop work (3,3) 15 A round­about way to come in (9)

17 Run­ner in a rig­or­ous kind of win­ter sport (3)

18 Fa­mous lover who had cap­i­tal and noth­ing more (5) 19 Sets a snare and gets what one de­serves (5)

21 Noisy and du­bi­ous mon­ey­mak­ing (12) 1 They spread things around in a busi­ness-like way (12) 2 Let­tuce ob­tained at less than cost (3)

3 A num­ber tot­ter up the steps, maybe (6)

4 Right name for a bad dream (9)

5 Bridal path (5)

6 Not the death-rate, ap­par­ently! (4,2,6)

7 Pale law-breaker? (5)

10 See how things stand with the com­pany be­fore you in­vest? (4,5)

13 A good place for car­a­vans to stay en route (5)

14 Lis­ten in a quiet way (6) 16 Dance from Burma (5) 20 Some very en­joy­able whisky (3)

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