Double crossword 16/07/2012

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CHOICE of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

3. Cautioned when training is wrong (9)

8. Almost the first to be sedate (4)

9. Preparing the soil is distressing (9)

10. Pass on the gossip, as shopkeepers do (6)

11. Long period of time near the capital of Norway (5)

14. Kind of mill regarded as drudgery (5)

15. The only sea-dweller (4)

16. Cask placed in street - it’s a gimmick (5)

18. Sounding like roughly-hewn screen (4)

20. Affirms it’s a piece of poetry unfinished (5)

21. No astronaut is bound in this way (5)

24. They’re meant for food of the staple variety (6)

25. Priestley is confused by structure of columns (9)

26. Cosy place to live near East Dale (4)

27. One who shares the same coach? (5-4)

Down

1. They’ll connect you with the surgeons (9)

2. Some title for present day decoration (9)

4. Engage in trade as distributors do (4)

5. What sculptors do when the joint is cooked (5)

6. High buildings we found in the hills (6)

7. Has some property in the township (4)

9. They provide venison for farm servants (5)

11. Second person with the endless attribute of teenagers (5)

12. Attractive innovations to fasten inside books (9)

13. After the start of the paper, unusual editress kept going (9)

17. As a schedule it may appear after time (5)

19. Vats I’d arranged for those that push the boat out! (6)

22. A little child will get me up the pole! (5)

23. Securely fasten up an aquatic creature (4)

24. Secret scheme to shoot about fifty (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

3. Show (9)

8. Housetop (4)

9. Right (9)

10. Oration (6)

11. Centre (5)

14. Straight-edge (5)

15. Cherished (4)

16. Animals (5)

18. Foundation (4)

20. Frock (5)

21. Hit (5)

24. District (6)

25. Extempore (9)

26. Counterfoil (4)

27. Adding emphasis (9)

Down

1. Lay down rules (9)

2. Impotent (9)

4. Essence (4)

5. Bend (5)

6. On ship (6)

7. Caper (4)

9. Muffler (5)

11. Dwelling (5)

12. Private talk (4-1-4)

13. Outlaw (9)

17. Goodbye (5)

19. Appear (6)

22. Periods (5)

23. Leave out (4)

24. Daze (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Overbearing; 9 Inspect; 10 Title; 11 Haste; 12 Casuist; 13 Wreath; 15 Danger; 18 Nourish; 20 Visor; 22 Ended; 23 Dismiss; 24 Trustworthy.

Down: 2 Vases; 3 Re-elect; 4 Entice; 5 Rates; 6 Nothing; 7 Right-winger; 8 Letter-press; 14 Ecuador; 16 Adviser; 17 Shadow; 19 Indus; 21 Smith.

QUICK - Across: 1 Consequence; 9 Unaware; 10 Arson; 11 Theft; 12 Cremate; 13 Brewed; 15 Ascent; 18 Launder; 20 Trial; 22 Twirl; 23 Salient; 24 Necessarily.

Down: 2 Ovate; 3 Startle; 4 Quench; 5 Evade; 6 Cascade; 7 Suitability; 8 Infertility; 14 Erudite; 16 Settler; 17 Crisis; 19 Delve; 21 Ideal.