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Crisscross Crunch

A Special Cryptic Crisscross Crunch

Here we have a puzzle suffering a tight squeeze. The answer words read straight across or straight down, but they overlap by one, two, three, or four letters. For example, the answer “battLE” might overlap the answer “LEgs” by two letters. To help you solve, we’ve put the clues for Across and Down in alphabetical order according to answers, and we’ve given the word lengths in parentheses. Answer as many clues as you can, and then try to fit them in the grid. We’ve placed letters to get you started.

Warning: many of the clues for this special puzzle are in cryptic style. A tutorial on these clues.

Clues

ACROSS DOWN

Drop a line, dropping down (5)

Set up a song! (7)

Had dibs on a mixed decimal (7)

Change at the top makes tinge of sadness (5)

Make over a coed in style (4)

Murder's perverse progress curtailed by snare (4)

Dice rolled and chilled (4)

Allows restricted valet service (4)

Storyteller on train going west (4)

Me backing a hundred Romans and one Democrat litter bearer (5)

It is nothing in Nantes to going west and east (6)

Beg for a part in "Apple a Day" (5)

Sing F-flat and scorch my ear hairs (5)

Shire in Hollywood not one of boot country (5)

Earth tone not left in wood products (5)

Chemical off base (4)

Make a deal (5)

Moth chaser raced around (5)

Wipe drugs out (5)

I yell, "Gee, out of tea, dear." (7)

Witness the loss of rail and other water fowl (5)

The gist of our little number (4)

Just your call: a thoughtful act (7)

Eavesdropper here in Grenoble lost pair to cycle. (6)

Language subtleties transcend Amin mantras (6)

Fireplace is one hard to start (5)

Golfer's dilemma with ball soundly up in bush (5)

Tie-up starts in South Norwood Avenue – golly. (4)

Harmful to eleven hundred (5)

Probes to purge sinful yens (5)

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