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Cryptic Crossword 21 by Cincinnus




Across

Leave message outside? Almost! (3,5)
Flatten a gourd (6)
Instrument that's right for a painter (8)
10 Governor finding gin on sale - 50% off! (6)
12 Order or lines of battle (9)
13 Nine-to-five, say, in corporation (5)
14 Work on a large stone (4)
16 A very large number suffering in Jerusalem (7)
19 Hats for those who get ahead? (7)
21 Info about head of loch or valley (4)
24 Nothing to report in police stations (5)
25 Model for a grand painter (9)
27 Fundamentally affectionate - if given gold first (2,4)
28 Bad lad cares about region (8)
29 One hundred plunges in river seems extreme. It's too much! (6)
30 Soap is my substitute for drinking- parties (8)

Down

We settled in a cosy place, making it most up-to-date (6)
Three times as much rubbish covering lake (6)
Fixed nut that is loose (5)
TV programme that is requested after dining out (3,4)
Dance badly in middle of street after court appearance? (9)
Where one may come down and take off clothes to music (8)
Place for cool cats: The Ball and Socket (3,5)
11 Husband of Ruth in the Bible and leading character in Dickens (4)
15 The game of hockey's first introduced to rural workers (9)
17 Gone east, gone west - but that was long ago (5,3)
18/21 Measure of paricular importance (8,7)
20 Silly piano (4)
21 See 18
22 Excursions made by family members on the first of June (6)
23 Good news - usual odds ignored in port (6)
26 Plant kiss on cheek? Love comes first! (5)