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The Telegraph - Cryptic Sep 06 2017

A day off? Yes and no! SICKIE
A new editor's rock ASTEROID
A politician once needing independent defence in law ALIBI
Bob is short, and scarcely lacking heart CURTSY
Bolt wears little sleeveless tunic TABARD
Comments from assistants besieging head of security ASIDES
Community also developed outside Channel Islands SOCIAL
Cool African party breaking into safe with poorer person providing cover INSURANCEBROKER
Cutting last of remarks before trial SHEARING
Disappear -- like a commercial vehicle? VANISH
Floor enthusiasts given a lift STUN
Green stuff produced in tidal inlets, reportedly BAIZE
In the best case, island truly needs to replace leader with daughter IDEALLY
Ingredient of meringue, for example, with weight adjusted EGGWHITE
Judgment of relations enveloped in obsession THINKING
Like-minded individual, loving wine and whisky, say KINDREDSPIRIT
Local area parasite must drink meths regularly ALEHOUSE
Model European member of parliament left in gallery TEMPLATE
Promote boss's best products? MARKETLEADERS
Provided support, but surly about cutting grass RESOURCED
Reclaim it at establishment admitting copies IMITATES
Represents good person joining staff in recession ENACTS
Ring back? ECHO
Safest going out for meals? FEASTS
Set off alongside dense woods THICKETS
Smile in confusion about sport and poor governance MISRULE
Temporary manager's oddly keen in frantic rat race CARETAKER
Tipsy UK penpal pinches food found in tins PINEAPPLECHUNKS
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