CRYPTIC CROSS­WORD

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2. Con­fess it might be mad to kick off with (5)

5. A seat found as one left Bul­gar­ian cap­i­tal (4)

7. Run off fast and make it so (4) 8. At­tempt to hold a sin­glet for this ridicu­lous take-off (8)

9. Fright­ens one lest rats should be seen scam­per­ing about (8)

11. Healthy as it might be fol­low­ing thy dis­ap­pear­ance (4)

12. Put off what should be done now about protest in a car (13)

15. Trade show how eq­ui­table it can be (4) 17. Mind­ing about the rail­way bear­ing a child (8)

19. In­fer how one can fi­nally ar­range it (8) 21. Se­cu­rity against court ap­pear­ance for one atop the stumps (4)

22. In gram­mar it's a word never blush­ingly con­cealed (4)

23. Cloth that runs be­tween Eng­land and Scot­land (5)

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1. Fish pre­pared by lead­ing lady in a straw hat (7)

2. Paint­ing starts as recre­ational task (3) 3. It may be the lead Th­es­pian first taken into din­ner (5)

4. In which one's be­ing moved by 2 Down: isn't that wrong? (7)

5. The woman he's up­set by (3)

6. A flat that might turn out to be lethal (5) 10. In a pre­cur­sor it may come round again (5)

11. Such sweet stuff as is tongued by the per­sua­sive (5)

13. Ad­ver­tis­ing agency client with money in the bank (7)

14. Look­ing after it, or be­ing in­clined to (7) 16. With no­body else there, there's noth­ing in chang­ing lane (5)

18. Pass rope through the hole for the bailiff (5)

20. Al­pha­bet ini­tially put out where the driver sits (3)

21. In­vite one to make an of­fer (3)

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