Inwards and Outwards by Vernon

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Reading inwards, one following the other, is a set of words. Reading outwards is another set of words.

Inwards
1 Hair with special highlight (6)
2 King with adder slithering around (6)
3 Fruitcake, male, largely silent, weird (6)
4 Wages of sin? Purify by sacrifice (8)
5 Unpleasant person turning informer repeatedly (6)
6 Humour in show? Empty drollery (6)
7 Amazing: angels do return to some extent (8, two words)
8 Fraud hearing charged pretentious person (5)
9 Fail to observe the rules of the game and withdraw? (6)
10 Strangely well fed or reared on blossom (11)
11 After running wild, do I get a bloomer? (7)
12 Container for vessels that are wide and primarily buoyant, curiously (9, two words)
13 Extremely sentimental if repeated (3)
14 On entering bastard son made a loud noise (6)
15 “Rubbed out” (a euphemism): hotshot died (7)

Outwards
a Unconcerned about cold drink that’s usually hot (5)
b After combining, mixture finally flared up (7)
c The two of them gather round a market stall (5)
d Violently batter old drum (6)
e A nasty wet day with endless rain was in store (7)
f Old giant’s head on monster (4)
g Review mediocre female composer (4)
h Left-wing friends consistently ignored (3)
i Returned Will’s cool emblem to Cambria (4)
j Unsettled, drove round borders of Ukraine (7)
k Wipes out parasites (7)
l Lord’s associate every day, according to Spooner (4)
m In a revolutionary state, see largely moderate politician (8)
n Seeker of better value cost cutting (8, two words)
o Malignly influential newspaper embraces reactionary measure (6)
p Draft incorrectly? I’m returning first of all, so don’t revise anything. Wait! (7)
q Rests uneasily − meeting of French tarts? (8)

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