Double crossword - 11/01/13

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Today’s puzzle...

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Rather earlier (6)

4. Le chic version of a hackneyed saying (6)

9. Out to be a flash union, perhaps (13)

10. Painter who might be collared (7)

11. A cat of little weight (5)

12. Willow Rosie ordered (5)

14. In which the speed of grannies is expressed (5)

18. Skimpy underwear an Aussie might put on his foot (5)

19. Mean girl is just in time (7)

21. Presume to become an autocrat (4,9)

22. Parent could be in ecstasy (6)

23. Accent of an Irishman going on foot (6)

Down

1. Disease not affecting Limeys (6)

2. Crazy not to like Ted any more (3,4,6)

3. Attempt a composition (5)

5. City with its own memorial in Washington DC (7)

6. The craft of Sheraton or Blair (7-6)

7. Got flat advertised in the Kesteven edition (6)

8. Prisoner ordering a rifle (5)

13. Drink to encourage loud insolence (3,4)

15. A small one might be bust (6)

16. Disney film Italian children won’t finish (5)

17. Tenant of the French diocese (6)

20. Mistake for some terrorists (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Pardon (6)

4. Be sparing (6)

9. Affected manners (4,3,6)

10. Zodiac sign (7)

11. More than sufficient (5)

12. Group of witches (5)

14. Timepiece (5)

18. Expect (5)

19. Surprise (7)

21. Premier (5,8)

22. Sensitive (6)

23. Sewing implement (6)

Down

1. Pass by (6)

2. Confirmation (13)

3. Acute (5)

5. Abridge (7)

6. Disabled (13)

7. Nag continually (6)

8. Fool (5)

13. Immoderate (7)

15. Floor covering (6)

16. Savoury jelly (5)

17. Funeral car (6)

20. Nimble (5)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Opposition; 7 Users; 8 Lighter; 10 Set forth; 11 Ring; 13 Runner; 15 Solemn; 17 Tick; 18 Gossamer; 21 Matches; 22 Moult; 23 Headstones.

Down: 1 Overt; 2 Passover; 3 Splits; 4 Tags; 5 Outline; 6 Substratum; 9 Regenerate; 12 Horseman; 14 Necktie; 16 Corset; 19 Mauls; 20 Chad.

QUICK - Across: 1 Apprentice; 7 Usher; 8 Descend; 10 Penchant; 11 Loop; 13 Insist; 15 Cactus; 17 Itch; 18 Jubilant; 21 Gleamed; 22 Taper; 23 Hysterical.

Down: 1 Ashen; 2 Purchase; 3 Ending; 4 Test; 5 Cheroot; 6 Surprising; 9 Depository; 12 Sadistic; 14 Secrecy; 16 Rudder; 19 Appal; 20 Omit.