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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Words in action? (8)


5. Bring in a number to help – sharpish! (4)

9. Woeful cry from a girl, we hear (4)

10. False encouragement given on debts (8)

11. Dog that is scientifically famous (5)

12. Accident-prone tourist? (7)

13. Soldier-husbands who try to supply all one’s needs (7,6)

18. Acquitted the sailor having found the right answer (8)

19. He won’t go out with his mates (4)

20. Walked back around a man sleeping (7)

21. Case that may be looked into (5)

22. Title of pantomime? (4)

23. Bearing gifts we hear, vaguely (8)

Down

2. Its meals are usually late (7)

3. Don’t approve but is liked somehow (7)

4. I, for one! (7,6)

6. Downfall of a barber? (7)

7. Wastes the rewards (7)

8. A model employer (6)

13. Given protection, being cautious (7)

14. Rum’s not what the cure’s made of (7)

15. Put in charge again (6)

16. Make watchful remarks? (7)

17. Salt and ice in flexible combination (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Dusk (8)

5. Sell (4)

9. Region (4)

10. Encumbrance (8)

11. Foolish (5)

12. Function (7)

13. Execution order (5,8)

18. Kingdom (8)

19. Bucket (4)

20. Ease (7)

21. Exclude (5)

22. Sward (4)

23. Helped (8)

Down

2. Belligerent (7)

3. Handbill (7)

4. Somersaulting (4,4,5)

6. Fetter (7)

7. Reduce (7)

8. Coming (6)

13. Fault (7)

14. Ring-like (7)

15. Listen (6)

16. Utter (7)

17. Weather (7)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Bad egg; 4 Treble; 9 Fruitless task; 10 Enlist; 11 Totem; 12 Ambit; 14 Demur; 18 Heaps; 19 Sternum; 21 Philosophical; 22 Lagged; 23 Crisis.

Down: 1 Buffet; 2 Double meaning; 3 Gates; 5 Rosette; 6 Blast furnaces; 7 Eskimo; 8 Cease; 13 In store; 15 Chapel; 16 Estop; 17 Smalls; 20 Ether.

QUICK

Across: 1 Remote; 4 Aplomb; 9 Disinterested; 10 Cholera; 11 Singe; 12 Acrid; 14 Adder; 18 Ropes; 19 Heather; 21 Going for a song; 22 Denote; 23 Chaste.

Down: 1 Reduce; 2 Misconception; 3 Tense; 5 Pleased; 6 On tenterhooks; 7 Badger; 8 Delay; 13 In sight; 15 Frigid; 16 Throw; 17 Brogue; 20 Abash.