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9 A tense ‘You’ll find no faults in me’ (9) 10 Lists the duck among ‘Do­mes­tic Birds’ (8) 12 They en­sure the packet reaches its des­ti­na­tion safely (4) 13 Has a sullen look that gets one down (6) 14 They’re why it wrig­gles and shifts about (7) 15 Sig­nal mean­ing the pas­try is ex­cel­lent (4,5) 17 Am more per­turbed about and make notes (9) 18 Point the tear out in the cloth­ing (7) 20 Think­ing the twit is about to do some­thing wrong (6) 21 At this point the top came off again (4) 24 Is one’s tai­lor, which helps to bring about (5,3) 26 June is soon here - with in­sects (8) 28 The scoundrel will fol­low close be­hind (4) 29 Was cu­ri­ous, in­dented the point and lev­ered it up (6) 31 The talk of many a mad per­son (7) 34 A kind let­ter (9) 36 Leaves in a hurry as he’s com­ing in to re­move (6,3) 38 Again out to shock with what one’s wear­ing (7) 39 Prefer­able for any cus­tomer of the bookie’s (6) 40 They don’t sound like jays fly­ing about in the gar­den (4) 41 ‘About paint­ing’, I snap un­fairly, ‘is bi­ased’ (8) 42 Be­ing recorded as, in one’s de­scent (5,4)

Down

1 Find, when you can­cel the in­sur­ance on? (8) 2 A cou­ple of pages are de­faced, it would seem (6) 3 Begged to be and tried to (8) 4 Turn­ing, stands right in the way (6) 5 Goes on the page be­fore, one sup­poses (8) 6 So far as I’m con­cerned, it’s why I have a wal­let (3,2,5) 7 Stand­ing, say, for about half an hour (7) 8 Had used the club when con­strained to (6) 11 Am a shade put out about and sheep­ish (7) 16 The con­duc­tor said the singers will per­form them (6) 19 Snap is the one game that’s dif­fer­ent (5) 20 Dock­ing the horse’s tail would dis­fig­ure it (3) 22 Neck and neck the time af­ter in the race (5) 23 Stick to - or part with (6) 25 A very good start to one’s ca­reer as a teacher (5-5) 26 Fu­ri­ous, the horse reared (3) 27 The dog and cat per­formed in it with the In­dian (7) 30 Dance with the girl to an orches­tra (8) 31 Re­alised she’d been caught by the mur­derer (6,2) 32 Turn­ing down or putting the lights out again (8) 33 Orange-red ve­hi­cle the Tory is driv­ing (7) 35 Pop back to ring and plead with (6) 36 Spot the date of birth - very old, in­deed (6) 37 Go on ram­blingly about be­ing in a state (6)

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