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No 15,174

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

Across

1 Covet (6) 4 Taste – spec­i­men (6) 8 Shouts in a brusque tone (5) 9 Apprentice (7) 10 Re­spect (anag) – sym­bol of ruler’s au­thor­ity (7) 11 Bot­tom­less gulf (5)

12,9 down If the truth be told (3,4,2,3,6) 17 Drive out (5) 19 Despots (7) 21 Den­nis, the Beast of Bolsover (7) 22 Pair (5) 23 De­tec­tive who fol­lows a trail (6) 24 Able to speak with fa­cil­ity (6)

Down

1 Lower – seabed (anag) (6) 2 Snake (7) 3 Re­store to the ini­tial read­ings (5) 5 De­ter­mined (7) 6 UK coin (5) 7 Be that as it may (4,2) 9 See 12 13 Wiped out (7) 14 Flour­ish of trum­pets (7) 15 Stops (6) 16 Climb (6) 18 De­por­ta­tion (5) 20 Free­dom fighter? (5)

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