Two Speed Cross­word

Harefield Gazette - - PUZZLES -

This two-speed cross­word has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryp­tic clue, try the Quick.

Cryp­tic Across

7. Forces out for­mer stage turns (6) 8. When did the dy­namo break down? (6) 10. Such a re­la­tion­ship is a blow to the left (7) 11. One of a pair 6 nor­mally has (5) 12. Standard al­ter­na­tive letters (4) 13. Great performers per­haps seen in big hit (5) 17. How many are re­pul­sively fat? (5) 18. A lie about an es­say­ist (4) 22. Storms at lo­cal taxes (5) 23. To be em­ploy­ing is di­vert­ing (7) 24. Ill­ness af­fects boy in spring month (6) 25. Se­vere test or trans­ac­tion (6)

Down

1. There’s some­thing fishy about the bride’s gold band! (7) 2. Hin­ders the pro­duc­tion of pic­nic bas­kets (7) 3. Gets booty re­turned - some­thing to sit on (5) 4. Pre­co­cious foot­baller (7) 5. Does it sum things up be­fore bit­ing? (5) 6. Some fancy cler­gy­men still use this form of trans­port! (5) 9. As­serts the fel­low is a diplo­ma­tist (9) 14. Take the chair - but not im­par­tially? (7) 15. As­serted right to med­i­cal treat­ment (7) 16. On the whole re­gally adapted (7) 19. Equip so as to be first-rate (5) 20. Yet it is used to pro­duce spir­its (5) 21. Re­quired no red pa­per (5)

Quick Across

7. Ex­torts (6) 8. Week­day (6) 10. Un­der­stand­ing (7) 11. Steer­ing in­stru­ment (5) 12. Av­er­age level (4) 13. Ce­les­tial bod­ies (5) 17. To­tal (5) 18. Greek re­gion (4) 22. Speeds (5) 23. Funny (7) 24. Dis­ease (6) 25. Try­ing ex­pe­ri­ence (6)

Down

1. Fish (7) 2. Food bas­kets (7) 3. Seat (5) 4. At­tack­ing player (7) 5. Snake (5) 6. Re­cur­ring se­quence (5) 9. Politi­cian (9) 14. Have author­ity (7) 15. As­serted (7) 16. Prin­ci­pally (7) 19. Chief (5) 20. Static (5) 21. Unit of pa­per (5)

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