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The Telegraph - Toughie Apr 27 2012

9 spades to overplay SHAM
Assume a greatness is bolstered by this inadequate MEAGRE
Band on the road on leaving county TYRE
Banking dynasty corrupt and Home Secretary innocent? ROTHSCHILD
Bartok's name takes place behind painter and earthy writer RABELAIS
Bent fault under quakes Fraudulent
Brochure for school run out in successful changes to Connecticut PROSPECTUS
Capture guards by being closest NEXT
Catch a bus, ignoring limits for older transport LANDAU
Convulsion going round venue for concert of soft metal THALLIC
Diminutive singer, in court, settled appeal CRESTEDTIT
Georgia weather permitting what tourists often do GAWP
Grass after mowing's called fog HAZE
Irrepressible English persecutors almost meeting protectors of country EBULLIENT
Joyless king leaving a 24's performance venue SADLERSWELLS
Military planner casting about and (ultimately) gist is to launch out of frame DEFENESTRATE
No proletarian has time away from work TOFF
Occupants of square in perfect area for tanks AQUARIA
Part of broken-up field possibly fallowed on a regular basis FLOE
Private joke, funny, but for king it's insulting PEJORATIVE
Revolutionary decree apes fail to survive PREDECEASE
Sectarian reality on acknowledgements of debt FACTIOUS
Southern resort is cleared of stubble SHAVEN
Space traveller more worried about one from another world METEOR
Stacks red fruit in small vehicle RICKSHAW
Toothsome drink associated with the legless? SNAKEBITE
Trees seen on miles covered by Chinese navigator HELMSMAN
Trouble getting fit with calf out of shape AFFLICT
What the world doesn't end with? Insert note on the decline ABATING
With guitar's backing, I very loudly improvise on a theme RIFF
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