The Times Cryptic Crossword Puzzle Answers for December 22, 2016

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Allowance for protecting superior home falling into disrepair View Answer
Article put out by Gulf port board open to suspicion View Answer
Bird being deprived of tail and spleen View Answer
Bird hiding initially in plants to get insect View Answer
Boy leading everyone in film may be a winner View Answer
Consent given by e.g. Hamlet audibly View Answer
Drink before party with good person tagging along View Answer
Dublin house cleaner neglecting the basement View Answer
Dye is one to get fixed View Answer
Eased up from time of discipline, lying in grass View Answer
Escapade that may be seen in the shrubbery View Answer
Existentialist is cold, with charm in short supply View Answer
Fish dish served with pickle on island View Answer
Gun female fired in anger View Answer
Hesitation about stated aims and objectives in modified document View Answer
I would hang around without hesitation, doing nothing View Answer
It's irritating being confined: steps inside View Answer
Lever in gym boy pulled up View Answer
Like some chemical agents upsetting stomach over time, not completely pleasant View Answer
Most vulgar outfits I stored in box View Answer
Noise of powerful car or very small saloon? View Answer
Note generating a good feeling View Answer
Official in firm facing ruin, admitting failure View Answer
Operations of Taliban, so devious View Answer
Pert novice surprisingly provides something bringing vision View Answer
Plan exploit, perhaps, twitching on the outside View Answer
Prepare to start show briefly with piano View Answer
Sweet strike: perfect! View Answer
Two notes and small coin withdrawn View Answer
Victory that may point to the future? View Answer
Water-dwelling creature exhausted, taking in rest by river View Answer
Weapon favoured leads to troubled buzz View Answer

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