Double Crossword

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

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Prima donna eager to return (4)

8. Foolish fellow on the motorway is a fielder (5,3-2)

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    9. Lessen when I mind his, perhaps? (8)

    10. Manage with a cloak (4)

    12. Put an end to drink (6)

    14. Room for a car (6)

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    15. Iron only ordered for crime (6)

    17. Hotel employee’s drink (6)

    18. Let it stand for printers! (4)

    19. Jane’s misfortune (8)

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    21. Fellow countryman getting trio to camp out (10)

    22. Consumes awful teas (4)

    Down

    2. Tactless but fashionable record concerning extra-terrestrial (10)

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    3. Wine with some lasting effects (4)

    4. Toboggan breaking his leg (6)

    5. Epidemiologist finally gets pushy about discovering disease (6)

    6. Round letter (8)

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    7. Formerly seen in concert (4)

    11. Calvinist in favour of examination for the worker (10)

    13. Dances in stewpots? (3-5)

    16. Shy cat upset by sailing vessels (6)

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    17. Pale-faced friend takes cover (6)

    18. Plunder wine (4)

    20. Friend reorganising team (4)

    Quick puzzle

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    Across

    1. Musical symbol (4)

    8. Versatile cricketer (3-7)

    9. Minor clash (8)

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    10. Gemstone (4)

    12. Stitch (6)

    14. Cure (6)

    15. Hit (6)

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    17. Nakedness (6)

    18. Abominable snowman (4)

    19. Parasite (8)

    21. Advantageous (10)

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    22. Renown (4)

    Down

    2. Lacking brilliance (10)

    3. Just (4)

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    4. Food fish (6)

    5. Parent (6)

    6. Told (8)

    7. Of the mouth (4)

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    11. Concert hall (10)

    13. Used (8)

    16. Involve (6)

    17. Serviette (6)

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    18. Aggressive youths (4)

    20. Canine animal (4)

    Wednesday’s solutions

    CRYPTIC

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    Across: 7 Raise; 8 Enlarge; 9 Shallot; 10 Tunic; 12 Separation; 15 Tapestries; 18 Realm; 19 Tarnish; 21 Gremlin; 22 Easel.

    Down: 1 Prosecutor; 2 Vital; 3 Zeal; 4 Bertha; 5 Flatmate; 6 Frantic; 11 Centre half; 13 Ensemble; 14 Speaker; 16 Rating; 17 Tipsy; 20 Reed.

    QUICK

    Across: 7 Realm; 8 Tripped; 9 Sapling; 10 Throw; 12 Unfamiliar; 15 Speciality; 18 Rumba; 19 Tarnish; 21 Cynical; 22 Frail.

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    Down: 1 Trespasser; 2 Happy; 3 Impi; 4 Stigma; 5 District; 6 Upbraid; 11 Worthwhile; 13 Nuisance; 14 Germane; 16 Lately; 17 Final; 20 Rift.