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The Telegraph - Cryptic Jul 09 2015

'Firm' detectives caught in act DECIDED
A post promoted on board creating grief SADNESS
A sailor brought up detached shellfish ABALONE
Alarm producing time lapse TERROR
Bay containing large aromatic bud CLOVE
Bum support covers horse, it's said BEGGAR
Constructions assembled in rough natural stone initially CAIRNS
Criminal gang fencing fake BRIGAND
Cut new flower SEVERN
Dismiss United with resident team playing UNDERESTIMATE
Extra drink opening involves sailor getting plastered MORTARED
Extract from newspapers is Times' last PERSIST
Hate being charged before endless tribunal RANCOUR
Last return of Queen chap penning single REMAIN
Left in flutter seeing strip BELT
Load carried north in boat up Nile INPUT
More drunk but upright after party DOPIER
Pain from stomach eases ACHE
Pinch middle of muscle on bottom SCRUMP
Primarily short and stout? Indeed STUBBY
Risk of grenade exploding holding end of pin ENDANGER
Sighing, supporter accepts England weakness BREATHING
Single man, ruder possibly, maintaining ego UNMARRIED
Sum being 'round about' ENTIRETY
Tea in small bag's secure PURCHASE
The old lady's bag about to create carnage MASSACRE
Theatre craft even occasionally produces wit REPARTEE
Vital hip damage straddling fences INDISPENSABLE
With look inside, madly dashed for great deal SHEDLOAD
With spade, hole almost prepared for plant ASPHODEL
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