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2434: Eat it!

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The unclued lights (two of two words), individually or as one pair, are of a kind.

Across

9    City call that reverberates (4)

11    A bouncer from evil European, reportedly (9, two words)

12    The Times with leaders only advocating German economic safeguards (4)

17    Explosive sounds of large swallows (5)

20    Petty quarrel – one with a student about room (7)

21    Scully’s partner hiding love for modeller? (7)

25    Colours of birds surrounding top of nest (5)

26    Landowner in Scottish mire died (5)

31    Sailing boats departed taking three directions (7)

34    Admissions of debt by scamp lacking respect (7)

37    Pet about to return, so put out food? (5)

38    The occasion, we’re told, for tears (5)

39    Used pipe and inhaled cocaine (6)

40    Model in tabloid causing shock (4)

42    Old magistrate backed some Lego demonstration (4)

43    Virtual meeting in France once cell re-organised (14, two words)

Down

1    Top-level luminary keeps hide for writing (6)

2    Bit of white beet from Somerset town (5)

3    Complied with former pupil and watched (6)

4    Shocking hair-do, redhead left in a state (5)

5    Prosecutor gives account, having caught junkie (7)

6    Bird with top of head removed by rustic (7)

7    Small ear of corn hanging, end cut (6)

8    See drink as visionary aid (8)

10    Device suitable for clothing octopus? (10, three words)

13    Written passages bringing doctrine into middle of lesson (7)

15    Salesman has right with online trader (8)

19    Materials out East ordered for scaremonger (8)

22    Markets sounding fantastic and special (7)

23    In good shape for the Oval? (8)

27    Worryingly, I see! See! (7)

29    Fix empty residence and shop (7)

30    US residential area now put out (6)

32    Old lover’s bird (6)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 December. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. (UK solvers can choose to receive the latest edition of the Chambers dictionary instead of cash — ring the word ‘dictionary’.) Entries to: Crossword 2434, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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