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The Telegraph - Toughie Dec 19 2017

A little shy around groom sprinkling
All originally unfettered, slaves, every day, exploited used
Awfully solemn, so dark perhaps? moonless
Backing singer who's male poet ovid
Bright, getting top grade in the main brainy
Collecting runs, stop -- behind this? crease
Colours fade flag
Cook is breaking bank in Scotland braise
Eurasian city in the east of an Asian country and west of a European? istanbul
Fragments of rock, food left for bird screechowl
Inferred recent model featured here? centrespread
Island group in Sweden, is it misplaced? westindies
Jelly in a dish, Indian formula served up agar
Lofty quote naming suspect, criminal finally caught magniloquent
Nonsense is accommodated in drinking establishment pish
Oh dear, what's left after shelling peas? shucks
One might be taken to court to keep the noise down? squashracket
One's often lit up, green lush
Opening seized by a German painter, mercenary adventurer
Plant where father's dinner might have lodged? oldmansbeard
Port drinker recalled by hospital department entrepot
Primate needing two seconds? silverback
Row, as one forming a union? tier
Rubber mat doctor has to utilise flat, say? mousepad
Slowly continue to add to bark, as plant snapdragon
Weapon, favourite part sawn off a lot petrolbomb
Weasel pulled by the ears? toad
With one stuck in, I get dials moving, ready for computer? digitalise
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