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The Telegraph - Toughie Oct 18 2012

A Sun scare unlikely to engender feeling of confidence ASSURANCE
Agreeing with others is arch INSTEP
American plants raised in rows LUPINES
Attempt to read out bit by bit short account of holy life GOSPEL
Believers in force using Military Intelligence to infiltrate rulers DYNAMISTS
Bring down old nurse to hug tot SADDEN
Cor, the mysteries about one branch of a particular science! STEREOCHEMISTRY
Dope ranting, not entirely effective OPERANT
Explosive buried under mountain peak to yield clay BENTONITE
Foreign city in which nothing's tightly packed ODENSE
Full of sex appeal, was model put forward? POSITED
It could be bird compound with name at front NESTER
It's next (just the northern half) to China NEPAL
Like some games Ian Smith played ISTHMIAN
Lions cavorting in this place, not the foremost place for play ELSINORE
Morally deviating President facing right angry tirade ABERRANT
One part of Switzerland bathed in exceptional heat for winter HIBERNATE
Party organised by adults completely pointless GROUP
Religious festival faces criticism, not quite bringing things together HOLISTIC
Request to have food placed in foyer? ENTREATY
Rock, something round to bulge out as seen from behind GABBRO
Shrub in ground, mostly brown, beginning to atrophy LANTANA
Silly talk when port's been drunk in the monk's office PRIORATE
Stirrin' up something in the cake-making mix? RAISIN
Super maiden in torn dress RAIMENT
Weight gained from a combination of pies and mash EMPHASIS
What could be seen as part of recipe, arid! SPLITPEA
What Jolson's mother did in a northern region BOREAL
What's laid out on table for crossword compiler's job SETTING
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