Double Crossword

Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

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1. How a handyman might exert pressure? (4,3,5)

7. Fed up and drilled down (5)

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8. Keep rodent I love in proportion (5)

9. Follow the animal (3)

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10. Runners seen on court at the double (4-5)

11. Melancholic with regret before terrible flu (6)

12. More appropriate workman? (6)

15. Half this stealing is pulsating (9)

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17. Ate horrible meal (3)

18. Dance with odd graduate (5)

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19. Bird of prey in windy Eastern gale (5)

21. Ben, Ginger and owl at play where Jack’s on top (7,5)

Down

1. Cracking time for inclement weather? (7-5)

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2. Seaman visible in abstract art (3)

3. Arouse affection in listener after finish (6)

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4. Xmas pursuit of girl with fish (9)

5. Consumed at school, say (5)

6. Liberal nations cover protection of the landscape (12)

7. Listen in on the French horn (5)

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10. Sketch of human bit improved by beginner (9)

13. Rank tile fell around thatcher’s head (5)

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14. High-flyer to nip ego trip (6)

16. Casanova with capital love (5)

20. Choke at joke (3)

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Across

1. Electoral area (12)

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7. Trim (5)

8. Lid (5)

9. Employ (3)

10. Fluency (9)

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11. Winding-sheet (6)

12. Gorge (6)

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15. Repellent (9)

17. Fuel (3)

18. Carousal (5)

19. Gradient (5)

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21. Vice versa (12)

Down

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1. Enclose (12)

2. Fasten (3)

3. Dread (6)

4. Urge (9)

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5. Group of witches (5)

6. Irrevocable (12)

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7. Daub (5)

10. Exuberant (9)

13. Fireside (5)

14. Festival (6)

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16. Piebald horse (5)

20. Japanese sash (3)

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Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 4 Shatter; 8 Amiens; 9 Storage; 10 Mitten; 11 Eyeing; 12 North Sea; 18 Instance; 20 Afters; 21 Ice-axe; 22 Balloon; 23 Fliers; 24 Address. Down: 1 Raiment; 2 Bittern; 3 Enmesh; 5 Hotheads; 6 Turner; 7 Edging; 13 Scissors; 14 Untamed; 15 Reverse; 16 Afraid; 17 Teller; 19 Tackle.

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Across: 4 Amplify; 8 Remark; 9 Prosper; 10 Funnel; 11 Trance; 12 Churlish; 18 Denounce; 20 Morale; 21 Vigour; 22 Variety; 23 Circus; 24 Perfidy. Down: 1 Preface; 2 Ominous; 3 Ordeal; 5 Marathon; 6 Lascar; 7 Fierce; 13 Indebted; 14 Invoice; 15 Regress; 16 Homage; 17 Tariff; 19 Origin.