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Puzzle 56

This month’s crossword puzzle is very easy, but there are a couple of tricksy clues to keep you on your toes. If you can manage the acrostic as well, you will see what we think of the state of the graphic arts industry these days.

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Across: 

1. Big and beautiful, telling you what you need to know. (5, 6, 8)
10. The spice of life. (7)
12. Persistent even though we try to avoid it. (7)
13. A starting line, the thing that gets lids off tins. (6)
14. Small dash but bigger than a hyphen. (2)
15. Identification. (2)
16. Form of analysis trending at the moment. Mind it. (3)
17. Milk gone off, ideas gone stale. (6)
18. Knocks off track. (7)
19. Luminance, blueness, redness. (3)
21. Route. (4)
22. Not bold, underlined or italicised. (5)
23. A family of dynamic programming languages. (4)
24. Extraterrestrial. (2)
26. To carry. (4)
27. Encircle. (4)
28. Additional private comment, pushed away. (5)
30. Printed or otherwise made visible. (6)
32. Brighly shining gas? (4)
33. Oil repellent. (10)
35. Binary integer. (3)
36. Not he. (3)
38. Added to pulp as a whitening agent. (6)
39. Poster girls of a bygone age. (3-2)
40. Environmental Protection. (2)
42. Not letters. (7)
43. Old Norse monsters that search for patents and Twitter stuff. (6)
46. Doctor. (2)
47. Black and sticky like bitumen. (3)
50. Rubbing out, obliteration. (7)
51. Condemn. (7)
52. Colourant with teensy, weensy particles. (4, 3)
54. Government Issue. (2)
55. Necessary additions to text to aid understanding or entertain. (13)

Down: 

2. Weight does it, dots do it, bank balances should as well. (4)
3. Functional so trust it to do its job. (3, 3, 7)
4. Booklets, leaflets, flyers are examples of this. (9, 10)
5. Removed. (7)
6. Colours loaded to the gunnels. (9)
7. Step in turning aluminium into a printing plate. (7)
8. For too long the next big thing in digital printing. Time for a change? (8, 4, 8)
9. Repository of information? (9, 4)
11. Hard to earn, easy to squander and what people think of you. (10)
20. Augmented Reality. (2)
21. Waiting for intellectual copyright protection? (6, 7)
25. One who educates. (7)
29. Not CMYK. (4, 7)
31. The process of managing data, people, whatever, to get what you want. (12)
34. Not Islamic and not a state. (2)
37. How we all want to look and feel all the time. Absolutely. (8)
41. Polyurethane glue. (3)
44. Pilots young male cattle. (6)
45. Ghost inclined to follow Hobbits with ill intent. (6)
48. The devil’s speciality. Wickednesses. (4)
49. Print standard commonly used in US newspaper printing alongside Gracol and POP. (4)
53. Target. (3)
56. Not down. (2)

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