Two-in-One Cryptic and Def­i­ni­tion

Irish Independent - - BRAIN TEASER -

CRYPTIC CLUES ACROSS

1 Out­stand­ingly coura­geous? (4) 3 Posted in an in­sect is that why he’s miss­ing? (8) 8 Shrewd searcher de­prived of sooth­sayer (4) 9 Ob­serves lit­tle submarine re­vers­ing to places where ... (3,5) 11 ...this may take pas­sen­gers (up or down!) (6-6) 13 Loll about when learner swerves back­wards (6) 14 Child­ish thanks and not so many re­turns for the or­na­ment (6) 17 Bane of the elec­tri­cian may be a plea­sure for the rac­ing driver! (5,7) 20 In­cli­na­tion to write a song (8) 21 It isn’t half smash­ing with 15! (4) 22 One method of move­ment, but not on main roads ap­par­ently (8) 23 Surely not worn by mo­torists with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion? (4)

DOWN

1 Flour­ish a plate of ce­real, per­haps (8) 2 Var­nish is mostly blacker, we hear (7) 4 Out of which pupils may be pun­ished, if dis­cov­ered (6) 5 Com­fort­able and sim­ple fur­ni­ture? (4,6) 6 Voter is about to find trea­sure here ... (5) 7 ...oth­er­wise found in thrillers, ro­man­tic nov­els, etc. (4) 10 The prize-win­ners here must be blooming good! (6,4) 12 Maker of ar­rows left about a hun­dred to the girl (8) 15 Wise man goes about the coun­try for some­thing to eat (7) 16 In­suf­fi­cient tin in the hovel (6) 18 In which one dag­ger can be sharp­ened (5) 19 Back up in out­size mu­si­cal work (4)

SIM­PLE CLUES ACROSS

1 Curse (4) 3 Scat­ter (8) 8 Per­sia (4) 9 Be­gin­ning (8) 11 Or­ders (12) 13 Busy (6) 14 Eraser (6) 17 Sweat (12) 20 Deep (8) 21 In­flamed eye­lid (4) 22 Ban­dage (8) 23 Prophet (4)

DOWN

1 First (8) 2 Pas­sage (7) 4 Whole (6) 5 Spe­cial (10) 6 Rule (5) 7 Brink (4) 10 Vict­uals (10) 12 Pomp (8) 15 Frag­ile (7) 16 Cured had­dock (6) 18 Eat away (5) 19 Hur­ried (4)

For to­day’s so­lu­tions text CRYPTIC or SIM­PLE fol­lowed by the clue to 53307 (eg SIM­PLE 1 down to 53307) No 4,061

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