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CRYPTIC CLUES:

Across

1. One you count

on to keep your

money? (6)

4. The safest

arrangement for

banquets (6)

9. It’s light, yet able

to withstand

severe blows

(9,4)

10. He’s unlikely to

give credit (7)

11. Work and play

may be the same

to him (5)

12. Copy wrongly (5)

14. Opening Swiss

writing fluid (5)

18. Offspring

produced

periodically (5)

19. Sign that has a

sting in its tail

(7)

21. Wearing a gun? (7,2,4)

22. A boy interrupts my

complaint (6)

23. Eccentric space-traveller (6)

Down

1. Bet he’s in command (6)

2. Do they ensure a man of

iron is not easily frightened?

(6,2,5)

3. A somewhat predictable

order (5)

5. It clears one’s view - to

bunkum? (7)

6. It’s fixed, of course,once

they’re off (8,5)

7. These are extras in some

production (6)

8. A striking similarity (5)

13. He was invited, we hear ,and

gave an estimate (7)

15. A topping decoration (6)

16. Apart from ideas (5)

17. It’s not so hot in this jug (6)

20. One ounce at first is bracing

(5)

QUICK CLUES:

Across

1. Calls (6)

4. Ridiculous (6)

9. Type of dog (6,7)

10. Lubricated (7)

11. Frolic (5)

12. Lid (5)

14. Intended (5)

18. Cold dish (5)

19. Letter (7)

21. Between countries (13)

22. Merited (6)

23. Tentative proposal (6)

Down

1. Face (6)

2. At some time (6,2,5)

3. Flat folds (5)

5. Curtain of artillery fire (7)

6. Accidental (13)

7. Straight (6)

8. Work-room (5)

13. Give sanction to (7)

15. Aim at high things (6)

16. Daub (5)

17. Bank official (6)

20. Malice (5)

DOUBLE CROSSWORD:

Cryptic: Across: 1 One track mind; 7

Crone; 8 Soggy; 9 Alb; 10 Goes after; 11

Set off; 12 Lasses; 15 Reputable; 17 Era;

18 Knock; 19 Aegis; 21 Countenances.

Down: 1 One day strike; 2 Rio; 3 Clever;

4 Mismanage; 5 Night; 6 Hydrostatics; 7

Cubit; 10 Gift-token; 13 Stems; 14 Ablaze;

16 Photo; 20 Goa.

Quick: Across: 1 Straightaway; 7 Minor;

8 Value; 9 All; 10 Miserable; 11 Banish;

12 Vacant; 15 Laudatory; 17 Old; 18

Speed; 19 Basin; 21 Adventitious.Down:

1 Somnambulist; 2 Inn; 3 Harass; 4

Adversary; 5 Ad-lib; 6 Dejectedness;

7 Melon; 10 Mishandle; 13 Adorn; 14

Combat; 16 Up-end; 20 Set.