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The Times - Cryptic Nov 24 2009

Adolescent boy is not the expected success NEARLYMAN
Area's quiet, short of buzzers APIAN
Back to awkward job in junior role SECONDFIDDLE
Disgustingly shifty, concealing some tobacco — about a pound SQUALIDLY
Endlessly lazy, one on church body rejected fervent believers EVANGELICALS
Expensive work with needle, but dying at last — one going with arsenic GOLDLACE
Female settles in great city GHENT
Fish that's tough as leather? SOLE
Flower's name in Latin plainly needs translating PLANTAINLILY
For example, year I spent in hospital — one in Iraq once ASSYRIAN
Functions attended by son in comfort COSINESS
Get straight on to motorway and be run down MALIGN
Interfering authorities from one side of Niagara restraining girl NANNYSTATE
It's not good to marry, failing to meet the conditions INELIGIBLE
Like a croissant? After short breather, tucked in LUNATE
Mass fight stopped by officer SWARM
Most careless manoeuvring that was symbolic of Crusades MALTESECROSS
Nearly walk over one river bed WADI
Not yet fired up, one drinks litre UNLIT
Obsessive tests hi-fi out FETISHIST
One putting armour on Norman MAILER
Play on ice: roll up! CURL
Putting into columns nothing in forbidden language TABULATION
Sounds dizzy, working as judge GIDEON
Thick slice changed direction, constraining ball thus to go wrong way TOURNEDOS
This other malady keeps at constant temperature ISOTHERMAL
Trust City fixer to effect turnaround RELIANCE
University officer puts energy into desperate fellow DEAN
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