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Solution will appear in MetroPlus Weekend on December 21. Last week's solution

Across

1 Loving Ray (anag) — idle

boastfulness (9)

8 Young girl (4)

9 US State (3,6)

10 Costly (but loved!) (4)

13 Unpleasant person (5)

15 Meagre (6)

16 It’s used to make leather

soft and waterproof (6)

17 As zero (anag) (6)

19 Lay waste (6)

20 Mass of loose rocks at the

base of a cliff (5)

21 Principal role in a play (4)

24 Break down (9)

25 Typical pattern (4)

26 Quitter (9)

Down

2 Throat clearing sound to

catch attention (4)

3 Amen (anag) (4)

4 Unnecessary indulgence (6)

5 Tormented (6)

6 Shaft of light or electromechanic

radiation (5,4)

7 A nerd gets (anag) —

separated (9)

11 Dreadful (9)

12 Egyptian queen, d. 30 BC (9)

13 Weeps (5)

14 Insects in the inactive

stage of development (5)

18 Wheel and deal (6)

19 Distant (6)

22 Narrow strip of land

projecting into the sea (4)

23 Enquires (4)

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