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A rather English cryptic

· By BJ · Published 5 months ago

Constructor's Note: I would like to thank Go away Im Sleeping for allowing me to use their spin on my idea for 23A. It was better than anything I could have written for the clue.
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  • BJ constructor · 5 months ago
    Thanks for trying the grid!
    Hopefully you enjoyed solving it as much as I did writing it :)
    • Steevieweeviewoo 8:58 · 4 months ago
      Tough but good, well done Brad!
      1AFlunkeys returned false diamond material (5)
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      Across
      1. 1A
        Flunkeys returned false diamond material (5)
      2. 4A
        Comes back and reuses spare parts (9)
      3. 9A
        Ropily decorating criminal stealings (9)
      4. 10A
        Write for a period of time (5)
      5. 11A
        Rank court fine leaves foodcourts in disarray (7)
      6. 12A
        Confused Iowan clipped James entering Japanese Island (3, 4)
      7. 13A
        Pop group that went away and came back (4)
      8. 14A
        Message's volume engulfs setter and leads to crippling ear malady and infection (9)
      9. 17A
        Prop goes South today after space's seized? (9)
      10. 18A
        Couple cut off on the radio (4)
      11. 20A
        Soapstone's function – epic coating (7)
      12. 22A
        Discouragement from crashing rides around dad (7)
      13. 23A
        How to make pitch constant in score? (5)
      14. 24A
        Strangle snitcher he left injured in bed (9)
      15. 25A
        Measure by delvers oddly dishonest in perpetuity (9)
      16. 26A
        Prescription from a doctor or English teacher? (1, 3, 1)
      Down
      1. 1D
        Extremely tough gold clad pen (6)
      2. 2D
        Confused, walked topless around old boy after dance (15)
      3. 3D
        Suggest egos aurists harbour as being very outdated (9)
      4. 4D
        Man retreated, weaving between contemporary attacks (5)
      5. 5D
        Incorrectly defiling a New Englander (9)
      6. 6D
        Duck chases pets minced sauce (5)
      7. 7D
        Is in nation that supports Columbus' discovery, but not this? (15)
      8. 8D
        Perhaps one of many regularly gambolled after sandy lines? (8)
      9. 14D
        Scene in disarray after Viola cut short devastating forces (9)
      10. 15D
        Reporter at heart, after old one engaged in correspondence with Bill Nye? (9)
      11. 16D
        Loosen ten cenozoic gems for this? (8)
      12. 19D
        Pen's more correct to the audience (6)
      13. 21D
        Coach horse regularly transported pigment (5)
      14. 22D
        Dirty boat scrubbing husband (5)
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