Double crossword - 08/02/13

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Friday’s puzzle...

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Exhausted - being devoid of inspiration? (10)

7. Prone to being deceptive in speech (5)

8. Actors on strike rejected (4,3)

10. It’s not so hot when put round an ordinary utensil (8)

11. Composed part of a musical movement (4)

13. Bat noise (6)

15. Barely make quick progress! (6)

17. Deal effectively with what the cleric assumes (4)

18. See 14 Down

21. Made redundant, so hedged one’s bets (4,3)

22. Kind of board for cheap jewellery (5)

23. Just the time to give the girl a ring (7-3)

Down

1. A fish that’s right in the beak (5)

2. See 6 Down

3. Diplomacy, we hear, is temporarily fixed (6)

4. Keep going after everybody else (4)

5. Price paid for stocking? (7)

6 And 2 Down. An expert in attending to current affairs (10,8)

9. Watchman near the ring (4-6)

12. Took off for excursion in hurried surroundings (8)

14 And 18 Across. What the performer who does a prison show has! (7,8)

16. Winger almost out of breath? (6)

19. In any disturbance the street is unpleasant (5)

20. Emotional state when destiny is upset (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Contrition (10)

7. Roof-edge (5)

8. Sailor (7)

10. Forced out (8)

11. Aid (4)

13. Flung up (6)

15. Cement (6)

17. Concoct (4)

18. Outlook (8)

21. Utter (7)

22. Well done! (5)

23. Dogged (10)

Down

1. Clinch (5)

2. Attitudes (8)

3. Item in programme (6)

4. Atmosphere (4)

5. Competition (7)

6. Hateful (10)

9. Amends (10)

12. Potential (8)

14. Spire (7)

16. Decisive moment (6)

19. Lift up (5)

20. Muddle (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 6 Stirrup; 7 Bench; 9 Eke; 10 Mysteries; 12 Down payment; 15 Stock-taking; 17 Acquiesce; 19 Yap; 21 Guise; 22 Trolley.

Down: 1 Stake; 2 Arc; 3 Buoy; 4 Detriment; 5 Screens; 8 Attack; 11 Concourse; 13 Nutmeg; 14 Stick up; 16 Waver; 18 Cure; 20 All.

QUICK - Across: 6 Frontal; 7 Diver; 9 Apt; 10 Interrupt; 12 Non-existent; 15 Benediction; 17 Pestilent; 19 Lax; 21 Scale; 22 Devious.

Down: 1 Grope; 2 End; 3 Main; 4 Vibration; 5 Serpent; 8 Resist; 11 Forestall; 13 Edible; 14 Decency; 16 Vague; 18 Need; 20 Vie.