Double crossword - 31/12/12

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Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Not the full amount, we hear (4)

3. Civic officer to give a hint to the employees (8)

8. Predatory gull returns to these birds (4)

9. Edging for material that may be pleated (8)

11. Baulked when Diana’s given the job (12)

13. Metal washer (6)

14. Is Dave to do a consultant’s job? (6)

17. They can’t be trusted when holding hands (4-8)

20. Revolutionary tunics for the old British fighters (8)

21. Source of fuel not possessed by you (4)

22. Is it used for printing the floor covering? (8)

23. Raise the back part (4)

Down

1. Citrus fruit and fish with port (8)

2. Resolves the dispute, as the actor does behind the scenes (5,2)

4. Often containing blue liquid changed to pink (6)

5. Those who sing when they come to court (10)

6. Able to produce a shock when currently charged (5)

7. More than one young servant becomes weary (4)

10. Disperses when banquet’s on display (7,3)

12. Chaps solemnly assert it’s what they assume (8)

15. Go into detail - about various times, that is (7)

16. Silenced by being incarcerated (4,2)

18. Forest providing a bit of haphazard entertainment (5)

19. Inland sea to which the French artist returns (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Hand-warmer (4)

3. Keep (8)

8. Standard (4)

9. Alienate (8)

11. Dim-witted (6-6)

13. Wrench (6)

14. Consume (6)

17. Flaw (12)

20. Treachery (8)

21. Roster (4)

22. Rocked (8)

23. Employed (4)

Down

1. Obvious (8)

2. Abstain (7)

4. Recommence (6)

5. Severity (10)

6. Scope (5)

7. Pitcher (4)

10. Uneducated (10)

12. Sot (8)

15. Threatening (7)

16. On fire (6)

18. Bishop’s hat (5)

19. Aid (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Postal; 4 Dancer; 9 Chrysanthemum; 10 Everest; 11 Eland; 12 Staid; 14 Feast; 18 Notes; 19 Pothole; 21 Shoulder blade; 22 Desire; 23 Career.

Down: 1 Packet; 2 Surreptitious; 3 Aisle; 5 Athlete; 6 Compassionate; 7 Remedy; 8 Unity; 13 Insular; 15 Unused; 16 Speed; 17 Veneer; 20 Tibia.

QUICK - Across: 1 Repose; 4 Danger; 9 Circumference; 10 Precede; 11 Nurse; 12 Edict; 14 Reply; 18 Occur; 19 Lucerne; 21 Filing cabinet; 22 Direct; 23 Invoke.

Down: 1 Recipe; 2 Perpendicular; 3 Sauce; 5 Arrange; 6 General Franco; 7 Reefer; 8 Offer; 13 Chronic; 15 Doffed; 16 Slack; 17 Gentle; 20 Cabin.