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Punk whiz 20.

1. what a door-to-door salesman does before saying your face looks familiar (5 1 4)

2. fate of the wine at Holy Communion--or in Britain's Upper House (5 2 1 4)

3. a bird that deters burglars yet keeps them from falling off balconies (514)

4. an extremely overpriced insect who falls from the space station (2|5|3)

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5. figuring out if it's worth figuring out how to use that fancy saw (6 6)

6. When overachieving bookworms get drunk, it sharpens them. (5|5)

7. the biggest lie I ever told--it'd make my autobiography (3 5 2 2 4)

8. next job after you wash and rinse an Eastern European drape (4 7)

9. sounds like a dirty old man is orating, perhaps a 'lay' preacher (7)

10. window shop lane for shady deals--if you're going nowhere (5 5)

11. Sounds like one's first amorous relationship--with a monkey! (7)

12. fighting aim of indigenous boxers in Canada and Australia (4 6)

13. the gap between me and the $1000 I need to go to Arizona (5 6)

14. Just what's required, the pelican eats a bucketful of fish. (5 3 4)

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15. a short speed contest for tiny turtles, worms, beetles, etc. (4|4)

16. one who drinks and spells brew too slowly for his mates (6)

17. a well-meaning, cosy warmer-up from modem warfare (8 4)

18. of a robber who uses your toilet rather than the floor (5-6)

19. a contronym: Fleece the sucker or be the sucker? (4 3 4)--\

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20. creating two odds in a snap will gain you nothing (8 4)

21. stain on the arm of a chair and how to remove it (5 6)

22. Sterile! Sounds impossible but I kid you not! (2|11!)

23. Adam before he got ribbed (for grammar?) (5 6 8)

24. a light globe designed to be changed quickly (5|4)

25. It was in fine condition until Santa ate it. (2 4 4)

26. colourful fate of a stay-at-home flea (4-2-3-4)

27. A restless moonshiner hates his work. (4 5 5)

28. "Pity about your ugly right hand." (4-6 10)

29. buttocks padding that is kept hidden (5 6) --\

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30. the final life of a lion-like big cat (3|4)

31. something in the way of a family (13)

32. a gutter drunk and his pillow (4|5)

33. send up--and its opposite! (3 4)

34. under the weather, literally (8)

35. a fart as hair cleaner (4|3)

36. life expectancy (9)

ANIL

Perth, Australia

ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS

1. rings a bell

2. drunk as a Lord

3. guardrail (or scarecrow if you can explain the balconies bit)

4. exorbitant

5. jigsaw puzzle

6. grindstone

7. the story of my life

8. iron curtain

9. lecture [lecher]

10. blind alley

11. primate

12. land rights

13. Grand Canyon

14. fills the bill

15. footrace

16. lagger

17. friendly fire

18. house-broken

19. play the fool

20. breaking even

21. elbow grease

22. inconceivable!

23. first person singular

24. flashbulb

25. in good Nick

26. dyed-in-the-wool

27. can't stand still

28. left-handed compliment

29. false bottom

30. leonine

31. contracept[ive/ion]

32. [curb/kerb]stone

33. put down

34. outdoors, outsider or drenched

35. shampoo

36. pregnancy (or longevity, but that's no fun) (like hell!)
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