The Telegraph - TOUGHIE CROSSWORD NO: 3,066 - May 24 2023

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Advance made more attractive when little interest is shown? MORTGAGE
Battle supplies hidden by retreating commander AMMO
Bill steals, according to hearsay, legendary creature PHOENIX
Choppy brine covers new motorway and one group of fens RENMINBI
Clarifies what Slimmer of the Week's previous reading shows? EXPOUNDS
Come before quiet official, almost give up PRECEDE
Critical trap Gerald heartlessly produces GINGERY
Cycling soldiers cut off fools in a group ENMASSE
Detested sailor scraped around bishop ABHORRED
Disperse protest, anger spreading around island DEMOBILISE
Dry, heated up and ultimately arid DEHYDRATED
Expression of dismay's no good for women's power STRENGTH
Force tense after row DINT
Frequently sanctimonious about universal right HOURLY
Game ended early after Border's returning smears SMIRCHES
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Hero, at first hot, abject in ordering assassination HATCHETJOB
Home, about to be supplanted by underworld in contention DISSIDENCE
Iliad rewritten to include western festival DIWALI
Is old country singer in area of rock that's folded? ISOCLINE
Princes' mother keeps housing prince MAHARAJAS
Quiet drink, boozer's fourth, produces sentimental singing SHMALTZ
Raises a stink, abandoning tango with police officer ASCENDS
Sadly, a journalist wrote this old piece OBIT
Satisfied tool's procedures METHODS
Speaker for a Tory's selection ORATOR
Subdues child one's taken on STEPSON
Tea, bit of butter all but oblige bread CHAPATTI
Type of horn found in Timbuktu backwater TUBA
Vices discovered, confine in cooler ICEBOX
Working soldier sent back driver with American airhead IGNORAMUS