Double crossword - 04/02/13

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Monday’s puzzle...

Cryptic puzzle

Across

7. Respite in which everyone curtails hostilities, retrospectively (5)

8. Threatening nothing less, nothing inside (7)

9. New limit and first-class return for the servicemen (7)

10. Leads round the uplands (5)

12. Narrow escape for the fast borrower? (5,3,2)

15. Less hirsute - rubbish! (10)

18. Possible strength? (5)

19. Dog makes parent rigid (7)

21. Shoot a number who take unfinished exercise on the barrack-square (7)

22. Fish corner (5)

Down

1. If its contents are not new, they’ve been posted! (5,5)

2. Erect and charged, we hear (5)

3. Handled the material (4)

4. In reverse, some of the fascia, some of its composition perhaps (6)

5. Blow the girl! It’s nautical equipment (8)

6. Clash with sick returns in cipher (7)

11. Very strong thief, apparently (4-6)

13. Upset public vessel (8)

14. Bottles need no return in paving-stones (7)

16. An often attractive hollow, and I’m pleased to include it (6)

17. Game-bird loses part of hill-range (5)

20. Cricketers return to inflict a wound (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Attain (5)

8. Pledge (7)

9. Authorise (7)

10. Extract (5)

12. Artifice (10)

15. Cordiality (10)

18. Aim (5)

19. Strategy (7)

21. Press (7)

22. Bland (5)

Down

1. Intimacy (10)

2. Glad (5)

3. Reveal (4)

4. Essence (6)

5. Ahead (8)

6. Frightful (7)

11. Intruder (10)

13. Untie (8)

14. Deliverer (7)

16. Lower (6)

17. Indispensable (5)

20. Snug (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Putrid; 4 Garbed; 9 Stationmaster; 10 Untamed; 11 Yield; 12 Hobby; 14 Staid; 18 Tower; 19 Plunger; 21 Electric train; 22 Splash; 23 Measly.

Down: 1 Possum; 2 Traction wheel; 3 Idiom; 5 Analyst; 6 Battering rams; 7 Deride; 8 Anode; 13 Berates; 15 Steeds; 16 Spain; 17 Brandy; 20 Untie.

QUICK - Across: 1 Settee; 4 Afraid; 9 Curtain raiser; 10 Retreat; 11 Timid; 12 Raise; 14 Knock; 18 Lucre; 19 Caramel; 21 Counter-attack; 22 Entire; 23 Sordid.

Down: 1 Secure; 2 Turn to account; 3 Erase; 5 Flatten; 6 Assume command; 7 Deride; 8 Unite; 13 Sweater; 15 Cliche; 16 Score; 17 Slaked; 20 Ratio.