Two-speed cof­fee­break

Rutherglen Reformer - - Puzzles -

Two sets of clues – but the an­swers are the same

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS

1 Sud­den ex­am­i­na­tion for acne (4,5) 8 What in­dif­fer­ent owls couldn’t give? (5) 10 What’s taken out, melts (5) 12 Snitched about idiot (3) 13 Drama about an­i­mal (3) 14 Look both ways (4) 15 Moder­ate one’s mood (6) 16 Slides for small chil­dren (5) 18 Hear silent ar­range­ment (6) 20 Af­ter­wards from both ends (4) 22 Al­low to hire (3) 23 Re­gard for dio­cese (3) 24 Be­gin a small cake (5) 25 Bird about to move near (5) 26 Killjoy has feast tied up (9)

DOWN

2 Li­able to be ly­ing (5) 3 Time to set off for trial (4) 4 Loathing red hat ter­ri­bly (6) 5 Pain caught on slope (5) 6 See splash, ter­ri­bly ir­reg­u­lar (9) 7 New set wan­dered and sep­a­rated (9) 9 Pun­dit to pour rest away (7) 11 The ram’s used as a pet (7) 15 Hit­ting with metal (3) 17 Con­fine a kitchen ap­pli­ance (6) 19 Left in­side, ex­cept ad­dict (5) 21 Makes for the op­po­site of tails (5) 23 Cost up­set­ting Bri­ton (4)

QUICK CLUES

ACROSS

1 Ran­dom ex­am­i­na­tion (4,5) 8 Owl’s cries (5) 10 De­frosts (5) 12 Louse’s egg (3) 13 Male sheep (3) 14 Furtive look (4) 15 De­meanour (6) 16 Slips (5) 18 Heed (6) 20 At that time (4) 22 Per­mit (3) 23 Un­der­stand (3) 24 Com­mence (5) 25 Lift­ing de­vice (5) 26 Pes­simist (9)

DOWN

2 Pros­trate (5) 3 Ex­am­i­na­tion (4) 4 Odium (6) 5 Mus­cle pain (5) 6 Amor­phous (9) 7 Alien­ated (9) 9 Rac­ing ex­pert (7) 11 Ro­dent (7) 15 Can (3) 17 Wa­ter boiler (6) 19 Toil hard (5) 21 Chiefs (5) 23 Per­son from Glas­gow? (4)

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