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The Telegraph - Cryptic Jun 29 2002

A callous-sounding increase ACCRUAL
A group to reform it - memo etc sent round COMMITTEE
Airman does not like trusted friend ACHATES
Almost bound to be true but is bizarre SURREAL
Arches are protecting rotter ARCADE
Ascribe property ATTRIBUTE
Author entered rural cottage ALCOTT
Beneficial feature of scoring on court ADVANTAGE
Climber's climber TENDRIL
Combine with water using form of dry heat HYDRATE
Early caller found nothing in duty-list ROOSTER
Endless suffering for each aide HELPER
Fellow Scot makes bloomer GENTIAN
Fingering idly, while doing nothing with one's thumbs? Twiddling
Free to include academician in defamatory statement LIBERAL
Gift for nearly everyone under canvas TALENT
Globe? Theatrein
Go away! A politician's come in for a wash SHAMPOO
Huntress found article in Georgian city ATALANTA
Is in France getting revised rate for copy ESTREAT
Lady is able to return calendar ALMANAC
One may be stumped in summer CRICKETER
Over-exhausted? ATANEND
PM's town in London CANNING
Punishment such as hanging? SUSPENDED
Ring that goes on forever? ETERNITY
Service aimed to remove popular channels MASSMEDIA
Start to do some commuting on certain lines ENTRAIN
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