Double Crossword

0
Have your say

Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. The food is beautiful, we hear (4)

3. Result of having no holiday in Lent? (4,4)

9. A hundred to reckon with in the story (7)

10. Frequently decimal? (5)

11. Homely furniture for birds? (4,2,6)

13. Has the scabbard (6)

15. Male to make the tea? Language! (6)

17. Gain from trip could be difference between cost and selling price (6,6)

20. Exclusive clique in the literary world (5)

21. Weird - a quantity with just you and I in it? (7)

22. Number to include in statuette (8)

23. Prop will remain (4)

Down

1. Absence of hills in the salt fens (8)

2. Makes the boulders wobble? (5)

4. Statue is cunning in execution (6)

5. Malcontent puts Russian money into uncertain market (7-5)

6. Last longer than clothing for the open air? (7)

7. Sort of considerate (4)

8. Throw into confusion by changing into neutral? (3,3,2,4)

12. Any wrens where long-necked birds are kept? (8)

14. Making a mistake about a personal adornment (3-4)

16. Want ad to appear first thing in the morning (2,4)

18. Apparition initially grips crowd (5)

19. Fade out when hard of hearing (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Taunt (4)

3. Admits (8)

9. Earmark (7)

10. Parson (5)

11. Ill-luck (12)

13. Adopt (6)

15. Complain (6)

17. Source (8-4)

20. Latin (5)

21. Transitory (7)

22. Nomad (8)

23. Experience (4)

Down

1. Lament (8)

2. Foundation (5)

4. Preliminary (6)

5. Cupidity (12)

6. Propriety (7)

7. Certain (4)

8. Mastery (12)

12. Wasteful (8)

14. Exhibitor (7)

16. Specimen (6)

18. Banishment (5)

19. Increase (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 6 Payload; 7 Lie-in; 9 Spain; 10 Cyclist; 12 Bear the name; 14 Rising costs; 18 Taffeta; 19 Nymph; 21 Alarm; 22 Country.

Down: 1 Happy; 2 Alpine; 3 Mar; 4 Fill-in; 5 Winsome; 8 Typhoon; 11 Frigate; 13 Vitally; 15 Inform; 16 Trying; 17 Sport; 20 Row.

QUICK

Across: 6 Genuine; 7 Talon; 9 Might; 10 Nunnery; 12 Transporter; 14 Needlecraft; 18 Caution; 19 Prior; 21 Saucy; 22 Forfeit.

Down: 1 Remit; 2 Author; 3 End; 4 Garner; 5 Journey; 8 Purport; 11 Envenom; 13 Getaway; 15 Detach; 16 Far off; 17 Toxic; 20 For.