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Cryptic Crossword #1

The clues in this puzzler are in the "Cryptic" style, which means that each one contains a definition and an additional hint about the construction of the answer. You can find very nice introductions to this sort of clue in The Atlantic Monthly or The Guardian.


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Across
1. Stab a large cacti arrangement throughout the Milky Way (11)
7. Mirth amid slaughter (5)
8. Inca melodrama features Bedouin bearer (5)
9. Beowulf's foe ends progress (6)
10. Warning rouses Nemo! (4)
12. Electrified radicals are half-fictions (4)
13. Utters nothing in depravities (6)
15. Secretly concoct portal (5)
16. One follows one in vestment for excuse (5)
17. G.I. censor can mix hazardous chemicals (11)
Down
1. Stone-age father lion illuminated Latin here (11)
2. Distorted tuner on rat's back - it may emit radio pulses (11)
3. Ha! Stag party is horrified! (6)
4. Discharges curves (4)
5. Need for elimination of progenitors - eject rearward with the speed of sound before born (11)
6. Seed vessels hit physics loon (11)
11. Too-apt expression for many-eyed one (6)
14. Foulard heard in both airports of Siam (4)
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