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Irish Times (Simplex) Jun 11 2004

'When the bough breaks, the . . . . . . will fall' CRADLE
A blacksmith's workshop FORGE
A stage illusionist, or cartoon Mandrake MAGICIAN
Adds to, increases AUGMENTS
An exit or way out EGRESS
An old hostelry INN
An ordered series of units for measurement purposes SCALE
Annual solemn Jewish Day of Atonement YOMKIPPUR
Ate greedily to choking point GORGED
Bad breath HALITOSIS
Boredom, dullness ENNUI
Brief showings of soft light GLEAMS
Buildings occupied by communities of monks ABBEYS
Curtains for padres DRAPES
Deep track or bad habit RUT
Disinclined, unwilling AVERSE
Erratic, I, about standards? CRITERIA
Frequently, at short intervals OFTEN
Go, resume being revolting or gruesome GRUESOME
Happening every second year BIENNIAL
Implied but not spoken TACIT
Informally, seek to intimidate LEANON
London's river THAMES
Mate, buddy PAL
Of clothes, not made to measure, on the rack OFFTHEPEG
Offer respects to crowns SCEPTRES
Outbreak of a deadly disease, or infestation of pest like locusts PLAGUE
Predatory dog-like animal, makes sound like laughing HYENA
Rubbed sore or vexed considerably GALLED
Shakespeare: 'Much . . . About Nothing' ADO
Spring up like vegetable from Brussels SPROUT
traditional Christmas song CAROL
Turn . . . . . . . . . - ignore as Nelson famously did ABLINDEYE
Uncontrollable natural event -dictated by deity? ACTOFGOD
Walk heavily like hobo TRAMP
Yacht races as part of sporting event REGATTAS
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