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CRYPTIC PUZZLE
ACROSS

1. The pair of them make a fuss without hesitation (4)

8. Very tense, like a gaoler on his rounds? (3,5,2)

9. Partner in motor-racing catches sea fish in fresh water (2-6)

10. Mischievous children politician is seen about (4)

12. Not very well off this (6)

14. Wildly impulsive crazy recognised player (6)

15. Stick to publicity at this point (6)

17. Talk too much about one buccaneer (6)

18. Weapons where babes may be? (4)

19. Change into a close follower, but run away (4,4)

21. Do something like putting tot in a cake perhaps (4,6)

22. The leader to request work to be done (4)

DOWN

2. Not working because breaking the rules? (3,2,5)

3. Top growth in the chairman’s report (4)

4. 150 always very bright (6)

5. Yours truly stern? Just a fancy? (6)

6. Grow more unconventional, and so perplex (8)

7. Soup makes work? (4)

11. Be a practical joker with dramatic effects? (4,6)

13. Foreman with too quick an eye? (8)

16. Lure a number out to get slippery stuff (6)

17. Allow something after short hair-do (6)

18. Wine when it turns up (4)

20. 12 of great interest (4)

QUICK PUZZLE

ACROSS

1. Boor (4)

8. Unbeatable (10)

9. Clear-cut (8)

10. Grain (4)

12. Dedicate (6)

14. Frivolousness (6)

15. Obvious (6)

17. Woe (6)

18. Smaller (4)

19. Retrieval (8)

21. Envoy (10)

22. Ale (4)

DOWN

2. Efface (10)

3. Lean (4)

4. Show (6)

5. Infuse (6)

6. Find (8)

7. Signify (4)

11. Backward (10)

13. Abroad (8)

16. Push (6)

17. Withdraw (6)

18. Vanguard (4)

20. Doing word (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 7 Hindu; 8 Attired; 9 Doubted; 10 Reaps; 12 Lady-killer; 15 All the rage; 18 Stair; 19 Present; 21 Clients; 22 Genus.

Down: 1 Sheds tears; 2 Uncut; 3 Duct; 4 Mayday; 5 Stirring; 6 Treacle; 11 Screen test; 13 Adherent; 14 Flea-pit; 16 Repast; 17 Feint; 20 Eggs.

QUICK - Across: 7 Inane; 8 Control; 9 Enlarge; 10 Wound; 12 Censorship; 15 Antagonist; 18 Train; 19 Dilemma; 21 Extreme; 22 Alibi.

Down: 1 Disenchant; 2 Tally; 3 Fear; 4 Access; 5 Unawares; 6 Drought; 11 Dipsomania; 13 Engineer; 14 Stealth; 16 Nudged; 17 Ambit; 20 Loam.