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CRYPTIC CLUES:

Across

1. They help people

grow better (5,7)

7. Possibly upset

an arrangement

(3-2)

8. An award for

tidiness (5)

9. It must be a bit

thick to bear (3)

10. Didn’t cost the

earth! (4-5)

11. He counts and

recounts (6)

12. Gives patient

attention (6)

15. Not prepared, so

to speak (9)

17. Allowed in court

(3)

18. Country which

might provide

aid in some way

(5)

19. Break in staff (5)

21. Pieces of expertise guarded

by private industry? (5,7)

Down

1. Become very indignant and

take flight (2,2,2,3,3)

2. A negative point to bring up

(3)

3. Little devil with the skill to

communicate (6)

4. A charity worth fighting for

(4,5)

5. Crest of a partridge with part

missing (5)

6. Schemes put forward for

places (12)

7. Go through the letters for

something charming (5)

10. Does it lend drama perhaps

to one’s sleep? (9)

13. Only about five find the

answer (5)

14. Ocean liners? (6)

16. A royal house (5)

20. Part of linear curvature (3)

QUICK CLUES:

Across

1. Meteor (8,4)

7. Colloquial language (5)

8. Reward (5)

9. Regret (3)

10. Space vehicle (9)

11. Indigenous (6)

12. Hurled (6)

15. Meddle (9)

17. Consume (3)

18. Fetter (5)

19. Not heavy (5)

21. Endless (12)

Down

1. Californian port (3,9)

2. Beverage (3)

3. Periods of darkness (6)

4. Tomb (9)

5. Plea of being elsewhere

(5)

6. In various places (4,3,5)

7. Dulcet (5)

10. Separation (9)

13. Unconcealed (5)

14. Madhouse (6)

16. Coach (5)

20. Fire-arm (3)

Friday’s answers

DOUBLE CROSSWORD:

Cryptic: Across: 4 Preface; 8 Air-gun; 9

Fairway; 10 Supply; 1 Proper; 12 Treatise;

18 Surprise; 20 Extort; 21 Fencer; 22

Calling; 23 Misses; 24 Flatter .Down: 1

Falsity; 2 Dropped; 3 Sunlit; 5 Reappear; 6

Forgot; 7 Cranes; 13 Instance; 14 Discuss;

15 Redress; 16 Ox-tail; 17 Goblet; 19

Precis.

Quick: Across: 4 Verbose; 8 Odious;

9 Zealous; 10 Temple; 11 Aboard; 12

Constant; 18 Careless; 20 Charge;

21 Action; 22 Placate; 23 Revere; 24

Measure.Down: 1 Contact; 2 Pigment;

3 Gullet; 5 Elevator; 6 Bellow; 7 Squirm;

13 Ancestor; 14 Besides; 15 Asunder; 16

Shelve; 17 Fracas; 19 Exceed.