Double crossword 07/09/2012

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CHOICE of quick or cryptic crosswords, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. He’s too stuck-up to cry about the North (4)

8. Being comfortable makes up for the rest (2,4,4)

9. Food for flyers? (8)

10. Covering an event? (4)

12. Dad has something to sleep in, that’s obvious (6)

14. Colour over fish which is wound in (6)

15 And 17 Across. Collide with vessel and turn to drink (3,3,6)

17. See 15 Across

18. Girl with old Indian coin? (4)

19. Tap at eggs and produce a parrot (8)

21. Reach up top for a fuse (5-5)

22. Throw dies - obtain eleven (4)

Down

2. Have an idea about main form of appointment (10)

3 And 5 Down. Forbidden chief, we hear, is in charge of the group (4,6)

4. Entertainer about the Newcastle area is fair (6)

5. See 3 Down

6. Shows a sort of square crate (3-5)

7. Yield to Pip? (4)

11. Enchanted when Blondel’s up and about ... (10)

13. ... to charm at the Gate (8)

16. Flight with a leak? (6)

17. Exotic spice added to British muscles (6)

18. Performs in version of ‘Cats’ (4)

20. Strains to adopt affectations (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Ripped (4)

8. Ground tremor (10)

9. Draw out (8)

10. Yawn (4)

12. Set light to (6)

14. Damsel (6)

15. Linger (6)

17. Staggered (6)

18. Employer (4)

19. Contemplate (8)

21. Frustrate (10)

22. So be it (4)

Down

2. Atrocious (10)

3. Tidy (4)

4. Embellished (6)

5. Cadence (6)

6. Bog (8)

7. Yield (4)

11. Priority (10)

13. Pause (8)

16. Formula (6)

17. Musty (6)

18. Unfasten (4)

20. Jot (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 7 Yeast; 8 Haricot; 9 Cheddar; 10 Squib; 12 Playwright; 15 Extra cover; 18 Train; 19 Prosaic; 21 Ingenue; 22 Tramp.

Down: 1 By accident; 2 Racer; 3 Stud; 4 Cherry; 5 Preserve; 6 Scourge; 11 Buttercups; 13 Learning; 14 Strange; 16 Osprey; 17 Madam; 20 Oats.

QUICK - Across: 7 Novel; 8 Collect; 9 Imitate; 10 Noted; 12 Scandalous; 15 Supplanted; 18 Satan; 19 Mariner; 21 Perusal; 22 Owing.

Down: 1 Antithesis; 2 Avoid; 3 Flea; 4 Screen; 5 Elongate; 6 Section; 11 Discourage; 13 Coldness; 14 Upstart; 16 Namely; 17 Antic; 20 Room.