Compact Crossword - The Scotsman 25/09/2013

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Today’s puzzle.

ACROSS

7 One’s friends and acquaintances (4)

8 Undergarment (8)

9 Cheap-looking (5)

10 Most benevolent (7)

12 Firmament (3)

13 Stand for writing, sewing, etc (9)

16 Station on Victoria Line in London (5,4)

17 Increase (3)

19 Cutting tool (7)

21 Familiar (5)

23 Volume of poems or ballads (8)

24 Pavement edge (4)

DOWN

1 One who steals on route (8)

2 Camouflage colour (5)

3 Snowshoe (3)

4 Short item of clothing (9)

5 Slippery area (7)

6 Malay dagger (4)

11 Worth mentioning (2,5,2)

14 Tepid (8)

15 Unauthorised disclosure (7)

18 Serpent (5)

20 In a frenzy (4)

22 Eisenhower’s nickname (3)

Tuesday’s solution

Across: 1 Hardly ever, 8 Thimble, 9 Plumb, 10 Obis, 11 Jags, 12 Eft, 14 Gaggle, 15 Prison, 18 Oft, 20 Crux, 21 Holt, 23 Ninja,

24 Neutral, 25 Accelerate.

Down: 1 Hailing, 2 Ruby, 3 Leeway, 4 Exposure, 5 Etude, 6 Strong point, 7 Obstinately, 13 Blockade,

16 Scourge, 17 Nuance, 19 Tonic, 22 Cuba.