Double crossword 30/08/2012

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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

1. Minor roles for feet? (4-2,5)

9. Take out a former pamphlet (7)

10. Smell of a city in Italy as the natives know it (5)

11. Boredom with some drunken nuisances (5)

12. Favour otters swimming to a point (7)

13. Preliminary sketches of thugs (6)

15. Mistake over eye parts (4-2)

18. Retires from making vessels in metal (5,2)

20. Elementary computer language (5)

22. Groan from a musical instrument? (5)

23. For which you may get a ring from the jeweller’s (7)

24. Prudish about cattle raids (6-5)

Down

2. Regulate one’s behaviour in accordance with an area of London? (3,2)

3. Jacky? (7)

4. Essential character of a man on a river (6)

5. Accumulate for a church service (5)

6. Not a complicated dance! (3-4)

7. Profane act that’s certainly not considerate (11)

8. Earned a lot of money and built a boat (4,1,6)

14. Just vertical (7)

16. African country upset re. alibi (7)

17. Creature from a fashionable group (6)

19. A girl’s upset about Ayrton (5)

21. Weight of a pebble? (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Shortening (11)

9. Retaliator (7)

10. Subject (5)

11. Vital organ (5)

12. Triumph (7)

13. Transgress (6)

15. Parson (6)

18. Condense (7)

20. Hatred (5)

22. Master (5)

23. Feeling (7)

24. Force (11)

Down

2. Musical drama (5)

3. Remove slackness (7)

4. Sudden (6)

5. Right (5)

6. Outdoor (4-3)

7. In vogue (11)

8. Substitute (11)

14. Pardoned (7)

16. Beware (4,3)

17. Hollow (6)

19. Ignoramus (5)

21. Fool (5)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Red Cross; 5 Odes; 9 Verb; 10 Arranger; 11 Stare; 12 Network; 13 Easter bonnets; 18 Boatbill; 19 Erne; 20 Whitsun; 21 Flair; 22 Dolt; 23 Bemusing.

Down: 2 Electra; 3 Cabaret; 4 Spring-balance; 6 Dog rose; 7 Strikes; 8 Canton; 13 Elbowed; 14 Spaniel; 15 Emboss; 16 Needles; 17 Tension.

QUICK - Across: 1 Doubtful; 5 Lean; 9 Stay; 10 Dwelling; 11 Smirk; 12 Lenient; 13 Impertinently; 18 Shortage; 19 Go-by; 20 Gristle; 21 Merry; 22 Tool; 23 Astutely.

Down: 2 Optimum; 3 Bay-tree; 4 Unwillingness; 6 Eminent; 7 Nightly; 8 Plunge; 13 Insight; 14 Proviso; 15 Rotate; 16 Neglect; 17 Liberal.