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Cryptic Crossword No. 11




Across

8 Excited by a small speculation (8)
9 One grows flowers (6)
10 An old ruler of Tibet's a refugee (4)
11 Sort of look designed to cheer him? (4-6)
12 Foreign Office taking back dirty books (6)
14 Cryptic clues add weight to articles (8)
15 Bear belly (7)
17 Without doubt, clock starts in good time (7)
20 An orange tongue - and that's official (8)
22 Before robbery, looking over enclosure (6)
23 Drink not bought, we hear, in the Lake District (10)
24 Run carelessly after slap (4)
25 Playwright producing page by and by (6)
26 European trash: Antoine's (8)
Down

1 Branch that is not on fire (8)
2 Each sound is a sound of contentment (4)
3 Furniture stays put (6)
4 Type of school providing Greek in the morning, followed by introductions to mathematics and religion (7)
5 Intoxicated by drink and dance (8)
6 Station poles for old people (10)
7 Old-fashioned advice is to take them in exchange for money or goods (6)
13 Excessive love admitted by crazy meter maid (10)
16 Wearied by anxieties, oarsman turns up in jail (8)
18 No sailor alights on isle (8)
19 Busy old English prior (7)
21 God with head surrounded by a circle (6)
22 Make a fuss about a Greek island (6)
24 High-ranking Mafioso has enemy leader polished off (4)