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Wednesday's puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Substantial repast (6,4)

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7 Cooking vessel (8)

8 Glance over (4)

9 Peruvian (5)

10 Safeguard (7)

12 In a position of greatest danger (2,3,5,3)

15 Act of anointing (7)

17 Slant (5)

20 Insincere talk (4)

21 Regulating device (8)

22 Napery (5-5)

DOWN

1 Descendant (5)

2 Remove lead (7)

3 Pile of hay (4)

4 Spanish islander (8)

5 Useful quality (5)

6 High-kicking dance (6)

11 Marriage (8)

13 Metal container (3-3)

14 Panicle (anag) (7)

16 In composition four (prefix) (5)

18 Hickory tree (5)

19 Poultry bird (4)

Tuesday's solution

Across: 8 Mar, 9 President, 10 Arete, 11 Opening, 12 Accolade, 14 Thus, 15 Puck, 16 Confided, 20 Readers, 21 Equip, 23 Emotional, 24 Gar.

Down: 1 Impala, 2 Brae, 3 Appeal, 4 Second cousins, 5 Siren, 6 Perished, 7 Stages, 13 Cockatoo, 15 Parcel, 17 Feeble, 18 Depart, 19 Merit, 22 Urge.