CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

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1. Means of trans­port, some­times sprung (4) 8. The first or­phans! (4,3,3) 9. Lively de­scrip­tion of liquor? (8) 10. Af­ter hes­i­ta­tion leave thus (4) 12. Fright­ens, but firstly still cares (6)

14. One’s dou­ble in fig­ures (6) 15. If mak­ing a re­turn as a com­pany, it’s a com­plete fail­ure (6)

17. Per­sonal prop­erty in Ori­en­tal king­dom (6)

18. A stern guide (4)

19. Short odds? That’s not fair! (3-2-3)

21. Share out is tried but as an al­ter­na­tive (10) 22. High­landers may do so even when sober (4)

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2. Ad­mi­ra­tion I have for the in­di­vid­ual (10) 3. Num­ber of hands needed for a pi­ano melody (4) 4. This plant has its points (6) 5. Of course he may fol­low an ace with clubs (6)

6. He daren’t up­set the one who fol­lows (8)

7. This is be­neath one (4) 11. Il­lus­tri­ous pawn­bro­ker of a pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion (5,5) 13. Are they for the fleet­footed? (4,4)

16. Be too clever for – but not in in­tel­li­gence ap­par­ently (6) 17. Big racial is­sue? (6) 18. Don’t re­veal some of one’s fool­ish ideas (4) 20. Fin­ished in a su­pe­rior po­si­tion (4)

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