Leicester Mercury

Cryptic crossword

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ACROSS

4. What ships carry so the vehicle works (7) 8. Sum to pay for a horse? (6) 9. Called for medical reforms (7) 10. Frame of mind that may raise a laugh (6) 11. You and I have to take on wicked pest (6) 12. Mean it to be never (2,2,4) 18. Again tending to be trustworth­y (8) 20. Tell how bishop lost his head? (6) 21. Presumably it won’t get the cup if it’s flying (6) 22. The key to the missing locks? (7) 23. Stack for smoker (6) 24. Attractive sketch, perhaps (7)

DOWN

1. Sack hotheaded father? Capital! (7) 2. Allowance of food for MPs? (7) 3. Slight sunlit movement (6) 5. The whole lot grow, so there’s nothing wrong (4,4) 6. Girl conductors? (6) 7. It’s open for seeing the sights (6) 13. Paying back runner, it could be (2,6) 14. Part of play by old boy is indecent (7) 15. Lay wire in a tired way (7) 16. Mend a broken marriage? (6) 17. Handcart causes quarrel in pub? (6) 19. Early flier took one vehicle to America (6)

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