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ACROSS 1. Wretched (7) 5. Mul­ti­ply (5) 8. Pre­lim­i­nary event (7,6) 9. Har­den (3) 10. Judged un­favourably (9) 12. Sys­tems of be­lief (6) 13. Rope down (6) 15. Name­less­ness (9) 16. Weep con­vul­sively (3) 18. Ex­ces­sively pi­ous (13) 20. Gold mea­sure­ment (5) 21. Re­solved (7) DOWN 1. Pre­pares for hol­i­day (5) 2. Get past the worst (4,3,6) 3. Lim­ply (9) 4. In­lay (6) 5. Hot drink (3) 6. In­ter­preted wrongly (13) 7. Pas­try (7) 11. Stage be­fore birth (9) 12. De­fin­i­tive (7) 14. Faded (6) 17. Lo­cated (5) 19. Add up (3)

SATURDAY’S SO­LU­TION: Across 1. Drag 3. Con­stant 9. Cu­ri­ous 10. Re­hab 11. Heavy-hearted 13. Normal 15. As­pect 17. Judge­ment Day 20. Aroma 21. Split up 22. Sus­pends 23. Grit

Down 1. Deck­hand 2. Aorta 4. Ousted 5. Sur­pris­ingly 6. Achieve 7. Tube 8. Body lan­guage 12. Stays put 14. Rau­cous 16. Amused 18. De­ter 19. Gags

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