Graeme Wil­son’s cross­words.

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CRYPTIC ACROSS

1. Male writer an un­sta­ble prod­uct of spring (7,5) 8. Small tree yields no raw ma­te­rial (5) 9. Cool van in­volved in an ac­ci­dent with a large hole (7) 10. Smooth uni­form (4) 11. Most te­dious way of as­sess­ing the apart­ment? (8) 13. You’d be pet­ri­fied to look at her (6) 14. How to ac­cess naval records and lo­cate an air­craft (6) 17. No trace? I can give you an an­swer (8) 19. Lis­tener fol­low­ing first home team’s try (4) 21. I’m back! Steady – big hug (7) 22. What sign is there of 51 bar char­ac­ters? (5) 23. Hate tripe, ham, stew, any nat­u­ral or man-made dish (12)

CRYPTIC DOWN

1. No­tice alien dan­ger, weirdly enough, in the onion field (6,6) 2. Were any items avail­able af­ter De­cem­ber? (3,4) 3. Repulsive class (4) 4. Vig­or­ous, pos­si­bly evil, heart­less land­lady (6) 5. Very con­fused, like most whales (3,2,3) 6. Steer clear of tree-lined av­enues on the re­turn jour­ney (5) 7. A true Poe tale de­vised for the lead­ing lines­man (4,8) 12. This is pos­si­bly right up your street (8) 15. Rose­mary, per­haps, gets stuck into pre­scribed drink (7) 16. Guide needed by small com­pany suf­fer­ing set­back in de­pres­sion? (6) 18. A num­ber of tracks cam­ou­flaged by a ru­ral bump­kin (5) 20. Re­minder about the sec­ond plain­tiff’s ev­i­dence (4)

QUICK ACROSS

1. Lack of work 8. Maxim 9. Frog larva 10. Stan­dard 11. Me­chanic 13. Star sys­tem 14. Crus­tacean 17. Ut­ter 19. Ver­bal 21. Poetic 22. Life­less 23. Num­ber cruncher

QUICK DOWN

1. Un­con­trol­lable 2. Cap­ti­vate 3. Front-rower 4. Ex­cur­sion 5. 12 a.m. 6. Snare 7. Ur­ban 12. Cat­e­gor­i­cal 15. Cit­i­zen of Is­rael 16. Pre­var­i­cates 18. Swag­ger 20. Apteryx

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