cryptic crossword no 1,168 – Ireland

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Across

1 Warming to cabinet initially bending the rules? (8).

5 Begin again summing up (6).

8 Making pithy comment at Irish cop being corrupt (10).

9 Lively ferret follows soprano (4).

10 Misgiving makes wrong ruler charge fish (7,7).

11 Agile non-party politician briefly in part of laundering (4-3).

13 Attempt to reconcile with drug one consumed (7).

15 One warms to making speedy exit (7).

18 Comes along, very into headless bears (7).

21 Some similarity with letters (14).

22 Such vulgarity, turning stomachs (4).

23 Distinctive one who will not split (10).

24 A page down in record, here’s a little pet (6).

25 To get on good terms, yield about fire crackers (8).

Down

1 Frame Charles and sibling (7).

2 Change inn again, making improvements (9).

3 Stayed behind as first of trains came in, five from Rome missing (7).

4 Posy sways any egos (7).

5 Criminal makes much noise – always poetic (9).

6 Irish motor traders cover that fellow with serving of fish (7).

7 Ideal mate runs right into power (2,5).

12 First coat of plaster is breaking down (9).

14 Escapade near duvet while drunk (9).

16 Praises produce income with a conclusion (7).

17 Whirled around bad tragedy (7).

18 A cat is getting energy to make a fine spray (7).

19 I take helm outside, becoming more weather-beaten (7).

20 Nerved in mind to give support for ball in drag (7).

Solution to Sunday Independent Cryptic Crossword no 1,167

Across: 1 Rousseau; 5 Truest; 8 Martial law; 9 Espy; 10 Infrastructure; 11 Sulphur; 13 Killjoy; 15 Bad debt; 18 Article; 21 Block and tackle; 22 Oral; 23 Obstetrics; 24 Wanton; 25 Free rein.

Down: 1 Remains; 2 Unruffled; 3 Spinach; 4 All-star; 5 Town crier; 6 Unequal; 7 Supremo; 12 Unbeknown; 14 Jack-knife; 16 Alberta; 17 Droplet; 18 Auditor; 19 Toastie; 20 Emerson.

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