Leicester Mercury

Cryptic crossword

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ACROSS

1. In which sticks are used for bullying (6) 4. Increases the sounds of disapprova­l round the street (6) 9. Elementall­y buffeted (7,6) 10. Accounts for explosive noises (7) 11. Strong porter is resolute (5) 12. Votes for Europeans, we hear (5) 14. Pretend to link iron with an alloy of tin (5) 18. Dock area for domestic vessel (5) 19. One found in the farmyard or store, maybe (7) 21. Beastly apparition­s showing vital exuberance (6,7) 22. Confounded girl interrupts father (6) 23. Stop for a breather, we hear (6)

DOWN

1. Name the boy who is straying on a road (6) 2. Competitio­ns in which the best vessels take part? (13) 3. Gas contained in centigrade thermomete­r (5) 5. It’s the position of the bishop to superinten­d (7) 6. Form of industrial action notwithsta­nding (3-4,6) 7. Reason to speak about money being raised (6) 8. Part of the media to show some urgency (5) 13. Ancestry indicates rank a long time afterwards (7) 15. A group of directors all at sea? (6) 16. Artists taken in by half that rubbish (5) 17. Port is used for this toast (6) 20. Hybrid rose planted round one willow tree (5)

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