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The Times - Cryptic Oct 10 2016

A former boxer forfeits first of titles for a woman ALISON
A thousand boycotting movie about Israeli port EILAT
Aim to enter Italian city, largely cooler than the rest TRENDIEST
Animal, note, caught in sport by little brother BROWNBEAR
Apple went hard after outer part peeled RUSSET
Begged very little money, ready for squandering PRAYED
Check pot in which butter's made CHURN
Chinese habit Mao heartlessly changes after reform? CHEONGSAM
Contrive to record backing PLOT
Cross dresser initially put on jumper ROOD
Cuckoo — bird seen before end of May LOONY
Delivery man's job qualification POSTRIDER
Even support for cricketer SQUARELEG
Game advice an inebriate ultimately ignored TIPANDRUN
Garment maker's factory briefly standing idle MILLINER
Get ready to eat beef? No good before noon RIPEN
Go through old coins engraved with Virgin Queen's initials? EXPERIENCE
Kind of daily newspaper found on desk CHARITABLE
Loudly disapprove of amount paid to board member? EXECRATE
Moral problems talked of WHOLESOME
Most appealing place to live, round centre of Wick NICEST
Musical comedy's beginning with odd appearances by artist CATS
Non-European writing grips female academics PROFS
One playing wind instrument daily in East End being heard? PIPER
Praising champion driver in competition? CRACKINGUP
Room full of tat? Not entirely LOFT
Scottish town always supporting others in trouble ROTHESAY
Shabby blue articles, centrepiece for jeweller DOWNATHEEL
Soak Pete's pants STEEP
This writer comes round on time for a game of cards MONTE
US player shows right way, following ball into grass SHORTSTOP
With first of pastries provide further helping of jam PRESERVE
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