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Double Crossword

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Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Thought I’d half of each (4)

8. Soften the blow? (4,1,5)

9. Most of its leaves will have gone by the end of autumn (8)

10. Turn out to be in error about a point (4)

12. He acts in a virtuous way (6)

14. Very much the opposite (6)

15. Point has a need to be put differently (6)

17. Sea air? (6)

18. Game is a Southern game (4)

19. Jutted most noticeably (5,3)

21. How to learn to dance in stages (4,2,4)

22. Place to view, we hear (4)

Down

2. Freedom from care for a body of men (10)

3. Perhaps every church includes one (4)

4. Loyal toast drunk in hock, presumably (6)

5. Go the rounds? (6)

6. Possibly face up to a hot drink (3,2,3)

7. Point to a shed that’s close (4)

11. Describing one who was his own master? (4-6)

13. Allow no openings for substitutes (4-4)

16. They’re written in eastern and southern states (6)

17. But an electrician longs to find them (6)

18. Thus duplicated, it’s mediocre (2-2)

20. Lowers the standard, perhaps (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Heroic (4)

8. Infuriate (10)

9. Discarded (8)

10. Bogus (4)

12. Mean (6)

14. Brand (6)

15. Fate (6)

17. Omen (6)

18. Soon (4)

19. Petition (8)

21. Trickery (10)

22. Rave (4)

Down

2. Walker (10)

3. Yield (4)

4. Worthless (6)

5. Card suit (6)

6. Sauce (8)

7. Appear (4)

11. High esteem (10)

13. Appoint (8)

16. Supposition (6)

17. Cunning (6)

18. Too (4)

20. Pitcher (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Utter; 8 Realist; 9 Oppress; 10 Event; 12 Opposition; 15 Improbable; 18 Tulip; 19 Eternal; 21 Contend; 22 Bleat.

Down: 1 Out of joint; 2 Steps; 3 Free; 4 Fresco; 5 Material; 6 Nigeria; 11 Tenability; 13 Prompter; 14 Opulent; 16 Amends; 17 Onset; 20 Elba.

QUICK

Across: 7 Nurse; 8 Economy; 9 Eminent; 10 Emend; 12 Speechless; 15 Expository; 18 Taint; 19 Retract; 21 Raucous; 22 Cargo.

Down: 1 Internment; 2 Train; 3 Fete; 4 Settle; 5 Together; 6 However; 11 Dissection; 13 Position; 14 Optimum; 16 Thrash; 17 Carry; 20 Tact.

 
 
 

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