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Cryptic Crossword No. 8




Across

1 State limits of New Hampshire, Virginia and Dakota (6)
5 Holt's letters concealed in tree trunk as a refuge from danger: ... (8)
9 ... manuscript concealed in tree in Cheshire (8)
10 Classes an officer does not complete (6)
11 Gay didn't push queer dish (5,7)
13 Live with a socially acceptable boyfriend (4)
14 Nuts, if over a pound, disturbed rest (8)
17 Battle settled later in court (8)
18 South African pugilist a kiss knocked out (4)
20 London-based artist taking solicitor over river for fish? (7,5)
23 African note: this country was formerly French Sudan (6)
24 Some politicians were definitely refuted (8)
25 I mention sound and vision (8)
26 Sleuth resolved to earn money illicitly (6)
Down

2 Prepare to publish current returns (4)
3 Poor place for coiled hose - a slum (4-5)
4 Having the most skill makes ace happy (6)
5 And now for something completely different - a minor road frequently occupied by anti- government forces (2,3,2,8)
6 Jokes, say, pranksters initiated in quiet intervals (8)
7 Sharpened points in coal-scuttle (5)
8 Tester, long suffering, handled spectacles (10)
12 Fed up with loving? That's injurious to reputation (10)
15 Beer in German spa causes resentment (9)
16 Assuming everyone's to be paid (8)
19 Artist holding recipe for beetroot soup (6)
21 Leaders of naval expeditions always raid southern approaches (5)
22 Be keenly sensible of fisherman's first fish (4)