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cryptic crossword

ACROSS

  1. Country's initial trade union with endless value (6)
  2. Arrangement before wordplay backfires (6)
  3. Hiding in a Uruguayan Republic (5)
  4. Pacific nation to place friend before treasure (5)

DOWN

  1. A face has a vase or a hot place (7)
  2. Expose unnoted beef (4)
  3. Initially, voters acknowledged not even Cuba a true island nation (7)
  4. Rock formation left and right; German boots left, right and centre (5)
  5. Crawl up using secret condition (5)
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ACROSS

  1. Country's initial trade union with endless value (6)

    Tuvalu - trade union + value

  2. Arrangement before wordplay backfires (6)

    Prenup - Pre + pun, reversed

  3. Hiding in a Uruguayan Republic (5)

    Nauru - in a Uruguayan (thanks, Misha Lavrov for suggesting the interpretation).

  4. Pacific nation to place friend before treasure (5)

    Palau - Pal + Au (gold)

DOWN

  1. A face has a vase or a hot place (7)

    Furnace - F(urn)ace

  2. Expose unnoted beef (4)

    Veal - Reveal with out Re

  3. Initially, voters acknowledged not even Cuba a true island nation (7)

    Vanuatu - voters acknowledged not + Cuba a true

  4. Rock formation left and right; German boots left, right and centre (5)

    Uluru - I think this might be U-boats (instead of boots?) where u is left, right and centre of the word and l (left) and r (right) are also included.

  5. Crawl up using secret condition (5)

    Lupus - Crawl up using

Crossword filled in

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    $\begingroup$ 10 minutes? Just wow. $\endgroup$ – jafe Jan 29 at 10:27
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    $\begingroup$ @jafe Thanks, I really like your cryptic puzzles, they are a lot of fun. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 29 at 10:33
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    $\begingroup$ Well done! I didn't see the last two. (And I didn't see what the boots were. Hm.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jan 29 at 10:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Vincent I just thought it was playing off the clue in 3 down. I don't see a direct connection to the solution. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 29 at 11:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Vincent I can see why you'd look for a connection, in some puzzles there's an extra layer related to the title somehow. Not the case here, though... I've changed the title so that it's not a question :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Jan 29 at 13:03

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