Daily Mail

CRYPTIC CLUES

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ACROSS

12 Dizzy blonde? (5-6) 13 Males cluster round ring to see dancer (6) 14 Refusal to get mixed up in transactio­n to incorporat­e (6) 16 Awaken at half past one, right? (4) 17 Pickled and very greasy (4-5) 18 Emblem is short-legged creature, tailless (5) 19 Put up job (4) 20 Head off, awfully tired, to get in the sack (9) 22 From day one, given front seat (5) 23 Start spraying fire to contain. Excellent (5-4) 27 Hem in, as bees swarming round one for instance, do (7) 30 Plan to paint, when pa leaves, the last bit (6) 31 Begin with a twopenny piece (4) 32 Stick. Don’t declare (5) 35 A whole lot return to stay (4) 36 Left in a grand bunch of decorative flowers (7) 38 Money is key (4) 39 Running, he won again — or was unplaced (7) 42 ‘Small distance’, a number found amusing (6) 45 Went on to say, as one summed up (5) 46 Bridge is a card game (7) 47 A rabbit might make it, or an aquatic bird (4) 48 Animal, large one, performing (4) 50 Going berserk, it set about house dog (7) 52 Keep from falling, when there’s a pothole on street (5) 54 Nonsense! About an hour and you’ll pulverise! (6) 56 Mean, right through, it’s fibrous (7) 57 Vehicle registrati­on for head of Inland Revenue? (4) 59 Calls a number, is let in for wild tirades (7) 61 Gamble on getting home again (4) 64 Sun has got round to the seat (5) 66 At this stage in the rehearsal (4) 67 Obviously amazed by joke about private number (6) 69 Staggered back to lair with nuts (7) 72 See it’s the ballad ‘Yes, One Strayed’ (3,4,2) 73 Not much of a catch for model girl (5) 74 Devise, in brief, a funny juggling act (9) 79 Big fuss at start of final round (4) 81 For butcher’s wares, no longer fresh, a pound (5) 82 Stormed and yelled at (9) 83 Alison dropped in, too (4) 85 Forming part of the contract, of course (6) 86 Go on turning employer against me (6) 87 Not talking, about to kiss each other (5-6)

DO WN

1 Leaves a fortune (4) 2 Bill is the person in one’s care (6) 3 Lavish exhibition attended by Her Majesty (6) 4 Does it keep a flat safe from intruders? (7) 5 Subordinat­e getting the elbow, unfairly (5) 6 Give to the girl: the servant (10) 7 Shilling beside a copper (5) 8 Man lies and, found out, makes big news (9) 9 Not good, at our age, to sever ties (7) 10 Bark ‘I have a duplicate!’ (4) 11 Not real tot. Strange, assumed high voice (8) 15 I identify caught fish (6) 21 Bungling it, erect coop inside (5) 24 Having come to, was in pain again (7) 25 Just thought the sun coming out would help (6) 26 Trick tot out in something easily washable (6) 28 Force to concoct lie about policeman (5) 29 Don’t allow to speak up, just the same (3) 33 For crime, gets time, with justificat­ion (7) 34 Musical instrument kept in the freezer (6) 37 Subterfuge used to avoid (5) 40 Reveals an instabilit­y that astounds (5) 41 Pleased by what opened packet revealed (7) 43 In not being dry, I am among the majority (5) 44 Plan to remove the endorsemen­t? (6) 46 One has to keep still and that’s a problem (5) 49 Nasty racket, order to penetrate (7) 51 Finds and takes right back case that went astray (6) 53 Birds (five) caught in snare, released (6) 55 In Ronald, he has a double (5) 58 Not late home, having had fun (2,4,4) 60 What couch potato did for part of weekend? (3) 62 Bust the box (5) 63 Get blazing, attack and dismiss (3,2,4) 65 Behind time and complainin­g (8) 68 Stop to rebuke (4,2) 70 They were beaten by a very short time (7) 71 ‘Most beautiful’, I again interposed quickly (7) 75 Question is ‘What does the cracker contain?’ (6) 76 Shuts up about parking and deterrents to illegal parking (6) 77 Either be embarrasse­d or in the money (5) 78 Go off for two days in the clutches of the demon alcohol? (5) 80 Tweet back, too (4) 84 Shamed, am dismissed. Got rid of (4)

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