Double Crossword - 02/01/13

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Cryptic puzzle

Across

3. Put a ban on professional writer (9)

8. Large number of sheets - about a thousand! (4)

9. No miser is converted to forgiveness (9)

10. Vaulted and felt discomfort about the start of the relay (6)

11. Walk or take public transport to the park (5)

14. Supply base of French vessel (5)

15. Therefore a certain amount of work and nothing more (4)

16. Wear fewer clothes for Southern excursion (5)

18 and 26Ac. A bit of commendation for properly cooked food (4,4)

20. Let in to make a confession (5)

21. To which one seeking a hiding-place goes (5)

24. More successful as a punter (6)

25. Behave affectedly and play melodious records? (3,2,4)

26. See 18 Across.

27. That messy conglomeration of stones (9)

Down

1. Analyse the reasons for collapse (5,4)

2. Constable to apprehend the staff (9)

4. Rush to acquire book knowledge, it’s said (4)

5. One taking outlandish risk round the end of the piste (5)

6. Start again on the synopsis (6)

7. Expresses disapproval of alcoholic drink, we hear (4)

9. They are regularly paid to the letter (5)

11. A light piece from Mozart orchestrated (5)

12. In favour of movement for preferment (9)

13. Red cotton badly twisted (9)

17. They may be seen in the window (5)

19. Spend money on the display (3-3)

22. The girl takes the wagon up to the end of the motorway (5)

23. Eucalyptus planted round a Pacific naval base (4)

24. Gamin gatecrashing the celebration (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

3. Stress (9)

8. Qualifying race (4)

9. Impasse (9)

10. Debris (6)

11. Cut off (5)

14. Pale (5)

15. Widespread (4)

16. Lock of hair (5)

18. European mountains (4)

20. Ship of the desert (5)

21. Fast (5)

24. Rehearsal (3,3)

25. Screen (9)

26. Charitable donations (4)

27. Impotent (9)

Down

1. Quack (9)

2. Cuts of meat (4,5)

4. Pal (4)

5. Bisect (5)

6. Season (6)

7. Location (4)

9. Incline (5)

11. Perspire (5)

12. Long complicated procedure (9)

13. Make full again (9)

17. Contempt (5)

19. Swaddle (6)

22. Deadly (5)

23. Pudding ingredient (4)

24. Hounds (4)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Some; 3 Tipstaff; 8 Auks; 9 Skirting; 11 Disappointed; 13 Copper; 14 Advise; 17 Card-sharpers; 20 Redcoats; 21 Mine; 22 Linotype; 23 Rear. Down: 1 Shaddock; 2 Makes up; 4 Inkpot; 5 Serenaders; 6 Alive; 7 Fags; 10 Spreads out; 12 Menswear; 15 Itemise; 16 Shut up; 18 Arden; 19 Aral. QUICK - Across: 1 Muff; 3 Preserve; 8 Norm; 9 Estrange; 11 Feeble-minded; 13 Sprain; 14 Devour; 17 Imperfection; 20 Betrayal; 21 Rota; 22 Teetered; 23 Used. Down: 1 Manifest; 2 Forbear; 4 Resume; 5 Stringency; 6 Range; 7 Ewer; 10 Illiterate; 12 Drunkard; 15 Ominous; 16 Aflame; 18 Mitre; 19 Abet.