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December Puzzles

By Dr. Diva

Across

1 Stops accepting prisoners of war with no external funds (6)

4 Set off finally, heading for Arctic (6)

8 Reduce the value of a lot in exhibition centre volte face (7)

9 Lone actor (drunkard) hugs superhero’s girlfriend (7)

11 Have all-encompassing tip for every prejudice (10)

12 Property used to be stable (4)

13 Very positive dance party – but only 50% dance (3-2)

14 Present God’s undisclosed Egyptian genetics (8)

16 Subtle way to promote padded room on the radio (4,4)

18 Vehicle 6 begins to rev (5)

20 In the end identify backside of gorgeous single man (4)

21 Main register of where there’s no pressure (5,5)

23 Right about initially stopping incremental daily care for bulge (7)

24 John at last enters wearing outfit made of wool, perhaps (7)

25 Way of identifying German article’s advanced data (6)

26 Salvage secure careers (6)

Down

1 It’s mind-numbing stuff cycling there (5)

2 Dull Greek deity is giving nothing away (7)

3 Called for wimps to work out what’s needed to sharpen up (9)

5 Hunts for seeds (5)

6 Trained newly-wed journalist (7)

7 Heard wits abandoned something tasteless (9)

10 I yell that bombs have the capacity to cause death (9)

13 Don’t start abridged film, for instance, without laughing (9)

15 Respect oddly niche honour (9)

17 Screw up contract (7)

19 Disorganised coach struggles with it (7)

21 Start success by cooking apple peel (5)

22 Sovereign who’s to some extent controversial – i.e. George (5)