the cross­words

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CRYP­TIC CLUES

ACROSS 1 A spot of in­tel­li­gence? (8) 5 Staff hold­ing a course (4) 9 Sort of or­gan that some­times needs a blower (5) 10 De­press­ing for weath­er­men but pigs like them (7) 11 Spoils ac­tions meant to rec­tify (12) 13 State in a loud and res­o­lute way (6) 14 Burn­ing a mark on a horse (6) 17 Spir­ited re­la­tions (5,7) 20 Sea crea­ture in flower (7) 21 In the rain an eye­shade is silly (5) 22 Fraud re­sults in un­end­ing dis­grace (4) 23 Brief way to en­cour­age high-priced swim­mer (8)

QUICK CLUES

DOWN 1 Pri­vately owned pit? (4) 2 Pre­pare to sail away af­ter the play­ers (4,3) 3 Strik­ing out, toiler in boat cap­sizes (12) 4 Note I’m un­usu­ally punc­tual (2,4) 6 Should be any­thing (5) 7 Drunken star dies in tragedy (8) 8 It’s re­spon­si­ble for a boom in fly­ing (5,7) 12 Sea pas­sages (8) 15 Mean to as­sert one’s se­nior­ity (7) 16 About to let it stand out­side in the way (6) 18 No­table work over a pe­riod (5) 19 The bird to change colour they say (4) ACROSS 1 Re­turn to for­mer sta­tus (8) 5 Fenc­ing sword (4) 9 In­jure with hot liq­uid (5) 10 Dis­play proudly (4,3) 11 Dis­missed ig­no­min­iously (3,2,4,3) 13 Bumpy (6) 14 Firmly es­tab­lished (6) 17 Take main im­pact (4,3,5) 20 A pre­scribed way of life (7) 21 Jack in cards (5) 22 Af­ter that (4) 23 Be kind and help­ful to (8) DOWN 1 In­stance (4) 2 A gauge (7) 3 Wait pa­tiently for chance (4,4,4) 4 Busi­ness pa­tron­age (6) 6 Pen­e­trat­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion (5) 7 In­vol­un­tary (8) 8 Im­par­tial me­di­a­tor (6,6) 12 Vi­o­lent ex­pres­sion of feel­ing (8) 15 Serf­dom (7) 16 Meet­ing of spir­i­tu­al­ists (6) 18 Fish with hook and line (5) 19 A pro­longed bit­ter quar­rel (4)

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