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ACROSS

 1 Sleeper hit 25 (11)

 7 Trees’ T! (5)

 8 Ignored nickels originally, and chose to take $1,000 (9)

10 Once again took on stampeding herd, containing anger (7)

11 Tense over roiling in receding star (7)

12 Loud bark scored? Unlikely (3-7)

14 One who changes colors and dismal sounds (4)

16 Tiger moth swallowing seed (4)

18 Cuban strains to rectify casual miss (5,5)

21 Electronics firm rocking his boat (7)

22 Car to slip into distant interstate (7)

23 Hesitant cattle run amok (9)

24 Avoid restaurants with central heating (3,2)

25 Guitarist playing 1 Across (4,7)

DOWN

 1 A strong wind, and not the rainy front (7)

 2 Circles go bad in springtime? It’s a sign (8)

 3 Held linear width inside (5)

 4 Punk singer describing naked ones with excellent maneuvers (9)

 5 Conservative comprehending that man’s explanation (6)

 6 Bed, high-class and soft (7)

 7 Public servant accumulated bits of freight (11)

 9 What a smartphone often provides: a way of talking about the rise of painting and sculpture (11)

13 Coach to burn lawyers’ group dominating North Carolina (9)

15 Extremely elegant experiment underlying beginning of scientific damage (8)

17 Decide what you might do if you get this wrong? (7)

19 Quarrel and beat a resident of Greece (7)

20 Nut turned on Greek character (6)

22 Decree lard was to be trimmed (5)

SOLUTION TO PUZZLE NO. 3296

ACCOMPLICE (anag.); ARCS (anag.); ARSENIC (rev. hidden); CADEN (anag.) + C[halleng]E; CAR + R; CASH ("cache"); CEDE ("seed"); COG + NAC (rev.); COLLA (anag.) + R; CON + [h]IC[k]; CO'S + T; CROSS + CHECK ("Czech"); C[it]Y + CLONE; DECOR (hidden); ETHICS (anag.); [c]HARI(C)OT; [v]ICES; INCAS[e]; I ON I + C; [s]LICK; LOCO (anag.); MA(GI)C; NAACP (init. letters); NA(R)C (rev.); [Maj]ORCA; P(R)IC + [Abb]Y; ROCK (2 defs.); S(C)ANS; SC + ENIC (anag.); SYNC ("sink")