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The Times - Cryptic Jul 23 2008

A gag that's effective in action? PRACTICALJOKE
Actor consuming union leader's new dish TUREEN
Appeal to dine in hall ENTREATY
Backing method of payment, one works during strike SCAB
Be uncommitted, like Gypsy Rose Lee ultimately HAVENOTHINGON
Bone tossed into pile on the way out MORIBUND
Clump of trees originally planted by Dickensian halfwit? TRUDGE
Coarse spirit at heart of garrison ARRACK
Denial from judge meeting American gangster REFUSAL
Deviser of book title Brits adapted LIBRETTIST
Fellow displaying crack in skin CHAP
Fly off shortly for cheese-producing region BRIE
Lorry crossing cold region up north ARCTIC
Mad, taking two illegal drugs! CRACKPOT
Material granny used, having a penetrating mind NANKEEN
Mystery writer's area, not in Paris ANON
Officer replacing head of chosen body that works together COLLECTIVE
One searching for a seagoing vessel TRAWLER
One secures documents: soft copy's correct, we held PAPERWEIGHT
People of breeding order grey to cover books GENTRY
Plot upset clubs in drink fiasco DEBACLE
Police reversed round body, avoiding black bicycle TANDEM
Primate needs flowing water in part of India GORILLA
Rubbish one's son found by lake - it makes you spit! ROTISSERIE
Ruthless examiner lives in popular capital on river INQUISITOR
Submerged valley in Asturias RIA
The French department's fate LOT
Unconventional nineteen twenties girl, one inclined to panic FLAPPER
Vagrant exploring the Strand, giving us a wave? BEACHCOMBER
Wild creature bound to stake ANTELOPE
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