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Cryptic puzzle

Across

6. Weight that can be carried is a profitable burden? (7)

7. Deferment of getting up because untruth is fashionable? (3-2)

9. Country where father falls into transgression (5)

10. He uses his legs in revolutionary service (7)

12. Be called he-man beater (4,3,4)

14. Is it therefore cheaper to stay in bed? (6,5)

18. Most of the staff spilt tea on material (7)

19. Tony not to speed to beautiful girl (5)

21. Arouse sudden fear amongst rival armies (5)

22. Shy about turn-out in rural area (7)

Down

1. Contented to be very quiet in the dry grass (5)

2. Finally natural timber from the mountains (6)

3 And 20 Down. 1000 find Cupid’s weapon in vegetable (6)

4. Insert the necessary information for a stopgap (4-2)

5. Charming but only partly victorious (7)

8. Python coiled round ring in violent wind (7)

11. Fit gear ordered for warship (7)

13. Six agree essentially (7)

15. Tell during class? (6)

16. Wearisome work in court? (6)

17. Fun within one’s grasp or talents (5)

20. See 3 Down

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Authentic (7)

7. Claw (5)

9. Power (5)

10. Convent (7)

12. Conveyor (11)

14. Sewing (11)

18. Wariness (7)

19. Earlier (5)

21. Pert (5)

22. Lose (7)

Down

1. Send (5)

2. Writer (6)

3. Conclude (3)

4. Harvest (6)

5. Voyage (7)

8. Claim (7)

11. Embitter (7)

13. Escape (7)

15. Separate (6)

16. Distant (3,3)

17. Poisonous (5)

20. In favour of (3)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Narcissus; 8 Lie; 9 Prize cattle; 11 Recited; 12 Lance; 13 Parody; 15 Snooze; 17 Roods; 18 Draught; 20 Anaesthetic; 22 Gut; 23 Financier.

Down: 2 Air; 3 Inert; 4 Stands; 5 Set plan; 6 Clean forgot; 7 Represent; 10 Incorporate; 11 Reportage; 14 Distaff; 16 Edison; 19 Ashen; 21 Ice.

QUICK

Across: 1 Debatable; 8 Nun; 9 Illustrious; 11 Neglect; 12 Impel; 13 Casket; 15 Jeered; 17 Shame; 18 Lovable; 20 Inadvertent; 22 Too; 23 Threefold.

Down: 2 Eel; 3 Taste; 4 Berate; 5 Emotive; 6 Insuperable; 7 Knowledge; 10 Legislation; 11 Necessity; 14 Elegant; 16 Sliver; 19 Verve; 21 Nil.