Dou­ble Cross­word

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT PUZZLES -

CRYPTIC CLUES ACROSS

1 Plant may liq­uefy in half­serves (7) 5 Puz­zle must re­main un­fin­ished dur­ing spell­ing test (6) 9 Bit un­der the nail mis­taken as fast-mov­ing (5,3,3,4) 10 Bore mov­ing out of river (4) 11 Ring doesn’t fit to where the nose is prover­bially kept (10) 13 Net mod­er­ates noise of ac­ro­batic gear (8) 14 Tape or tie up a plant (6) 17 Pull out again when skinned and bleed­ing (3,3) 19 Mo­torise de­vices that are most ca­pa­cious (8) 22 Stuck to record that’s re­versed, and wrongly re­versed! (10) 23 Low per­son, small fel­low or min­ion (4) 25 In­ven­tor is a cost-in­ef­fec­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cate (15) 26 Not empty dur­ing din­ner, say? It’s all in the mind! (6) 27 One do­ing the dirty on a hectare of waste (7)

DOWN

1 Set apart from the sec­ond queer­est sort (9) 2 Land of lit­tle merit, re­ally (7) 3 Square key turned by one from York­shire (4) 4 Handed on with two hands in spin­ning feeder (8) 5 Sharp con­tainer to put in large box (6) 6 Turned to slam­mers af­ter lots of tur­bu­lence (10) 7 Dock 14-across’s ar­range­ments (7) 8 Keys merged into large is­land (4) 12 18-down to take in fea­tures of van­dal­ism (10) 15 Merit late ad­just­ment to nav­i­ga­tion in­stru­ment (9) 16 Daily help, at dif­fer­ent times, in­ter­rupted medico (8) 18 En­raged or­der to put out of or­der (7) 20 By way of il­lus­tra­tion, to sit un­easily with a self-ad­mirer (7) 21 Work­force gut­ted by wicked pest (6) 22 Bond raised hat ahead of thick head (4) 24 Add and, in the end, di­vide and carry (4)

QUICK CLUES ACROSS

1 Cap­ti­vate, draw in (7) 5 Split within the church (6) 9 London po­lice head­quar­ters (3,8,4) 10 An­i­mal fat (4) 11 Re­source­ful­ness, get-upand-go (10) 13 Veil, en­velop (8) 14 Pointed the fin­ger at (6) 17 Monarch’s seat (6) 19 In­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion (3,5) 22 Restora­tion, re­fur­bish­ment (10) 23 Sur­ren­der, make over (4) 25 Trem­bling and hal­lu­ci­na­tions brought on by al­co­holism (8,7) 26 Long thin coloured mark (6) 27 Re­jec­tion (7)

DOWN

1 For­mal in­val­i­da­tion (9) 2 In the di­rec­tion of (7) 3 Curved struc­ture span­ning an open­ing (4) 4 El­e­ment used in steel al­loys (8) 5 Mea­gre, in­ad­e­quate (6) 6 Fluid me­chan­ics (10) 7 Sporting arena (7) 8 Sloth­ful, lazy (4) 12 Cross­ways (10) 15 Dis­tri­bu­tion, scat­ter­ing (9) 16 Jour­nal­ist (8) 18 Long curl of hair (7) 20 First bats­men at the wicket (7) 21 Hit, punched (6) 22 Im­po­lite (4) 24 Mus­cle, brawn (4)

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