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Today’s Grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

6. Billed bird for crossing (7)

7. Top cops and the Queen obtain alcoholic drink (5)

9. Perform in part of a play (3)

10. Help as gas escapes on coal tips (4,5)

12. Fear nothing when old battleship arrives (11)

15. Smart, fashionable count and single man ... (11)

17. ... of good birth, lent Megan distinction (9)

19. Criticise a Greek god (3)

21. Terribly, terribly bald on your top (5)

22. Relevant European point (7)

Down

1. See 5 Down

2. Crime in Basingstoke (3)

3. Friend and beginner found in cloak of darkness (4)

4. The team, and Robert, all have whiskers (9)

5 And 1 Down. Stop law-breakers and remain silent (4,3,5)

8. Gone mad over the gee-gee - it’s the advocaat (6)

11. Flyer tees off using unrestricted stroke (9)

13. Bert told fibs to ‘United’ (6)

14. Ale rent damage to the intestine (7)

16. Central point of US state (5)

18. Copied a monkey to a degree (4)

20. Current measure of a member (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Taste (7)

7. Bet (5)

9. Jewel (3)

10. Liberated (9)

12. Insobriety (11)

15. Rash (11)

17. Aware (9)

19. Pig-pen (3)

21. Lure (5)

22. Poster (7)

Down

1. Rapid (5)

2. Day before (3)

3. Certain (4)

4. Fatherhood (9)

5. Set free (7)

8. Soundless (6)

11. Exactness (9)

13. Serviette (6)

14. Bent (7)

16. Stock (5)

18. Unsightly (4)

20. Perform (3)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Snob; 8 At one’s ease; 9 Birdseed; 10 Case; 12 Patent; 14 Reeled; 15 Hit the; 17 Bottle; 18 Anna; 19 Cockatoo; 21 Touch-paper; 22 Side.

Down: 2 Nomination; 3 Band; 4 Honest; 5 Leader; 6 Tea-chest; 7 Cede; 11 Spellbound; 13 Entrance; 16 Escape; 17 Biceps; 18 Acts; 20 Airs.

QUICK

Across: 1 Torn; 8 Earthquake; 9 Protract; 10 Gape; 12 Ignite; 14 Maiden; 15 Loiter; 17 Reeled; 18 User; 19 Consider; 21 Disappoint; 22 Amen.

Down: 2 Outrageous; 3 Neat; 4 Ornate; 5 Rhythm; 6 Quagmire; 7 Cede; 11 Precedence; 13 Interval; 16 Recipe; 17 Rancid; 18 Undo; 20 Iota.