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December 2012 Monthly Crossword
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  1. HAS (carries) containing (around) LOVE (treasure) minus O (nothing lost) => HALVES (strap => parts)
  2. V (volume) contained (hidden) in INERTED (den with tier assembly) => INVERTED (put back) => DETREVNI
  3. Anagram (alternative) ESP + a + nice => SAPIENCE (intelligence) => ECNEIPAS
  4. PO (Kung Fu Panda) + UTE (vehicle) + D (director) => POUTED (looked displeased at) => DETUOP
  5. E (echo) + ASING (in gas explosion) => EASING (becoming quieter) => GNISAE
  6. ED ED (editors) containing U (universal) + CAT (MOT => tom, maybe) => EDUCATED (clever)
  7. CYC (starts with 'Coolies', 'Yids' and 'Charlies') + LIST (lean) => CYCLIST (fond of 'Nips' => spin)
  8. Double meaning (creation, times=multiply) => PRODUCT => TCUDORP
  9. OUT (old fashioned) + FOX (lamina => animal) + ED (half EDge) => OUTFOXED (beaten)
  10. AFN (fan lived => devil) contained in FIR (evergreen) => FAFNIR (dragon)
  11. MORAL (honourable) containing T (time) => MORTAL (to evil live and die)
  12. Anagram (break) me + ribs + at => BARMIEST (most stun => nuts)
  13. Anagram (cooks) so + like + us => LEUKOSIS (causing lumps in the chicken) => SISOKUEL
  14. ME (myself) + I contained in ALE (some beer) => MEALIE => EILAEM
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  1. Anagram (develops) or + fly + (DNA => and) can => FALCONRY (flying school)
  2. Contained in CarliSLE EVEnt => SLEEVE (enclosed cover) => EVEELS
  3. STEEL (metal) minus L (left out) + PEST (that's irritating) => STEEPEST (most hard to scale) => TSEPEETS
  4. BED (foundation) + SIDE (maybe right) => BEDSIDE (by the sack) => EDISDEB
  5. Anagram (smear) due + pat => UPDATE (new report) => ETADPU
  6. S (start of Sickness contained in WET (sloppy) + DRAW (gut => tug) =< WESTWARD (the same way as some answers)
  7. OK (satisfactory) contained in INVE (denim (=> mined vein) => INVOKE (bring it on)
  8. Double meaning (taste, tongue twister) => MOUTHFUL => LUFHTUOM
  9. Anagram (to rebuild) fire + IC (99) + R (right) + T (time) => TERRIFIC (great) => CIFIRRET
  10. RED (communist) containing (to ban => nab) ISSUE (problem) => REISSUED (distributed again)
  11. ODD (for instance, one) + BALL (bro => orb) => ODDBALL (misfit)
  12. UTO (serif => fires out) + starters in Print - It's A => UTOPIA (perfect world)
  13. D (down) + UP (its opposite) + LEX (lexicon) => DUPLEX (paired) => XELPUD
  14. OIBL (Eros => sore boil) contained in FE (iron) => FOIBLE (failing) => ELBIOF