CRYP­TIC PUZ­ZLE NO. 7549

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ACROSS

7. Not a fight with the wife? (6,6). 8. Go back to get the de­cree an­nulled (6). 9. At a highly dra­matic point, calm, I throw a kiss (6). 10. Hand out hints to get a drink (7). 12. Goes on and on about the heav­enly mu­sic? (5). 15. My own daugh­ter brought back the ma­te­rial (5). 16. Said to have passed out (7). 18. Is, with the oth­ers, out to defy (6). 20, Doesn’t no­tice the girls (6). 22, My, they’ll be wel­come if you haven’t a blessed thing to eat! (4,8).

DOWN

1. Big, but not so big it can’t be mea­sured? (8). 2. Try stand­ing up again to some­one you fear (4). 3. The fel­lows get me to go round with a re­minder (7). 4. Feel it’s an at­tempts to re­lieve you of some money (5). 5. Be re­spon­si­ble for hav­ing the rule changed! (8). 6. A neat twist in the moun­taineer­ing story? (4). 11. In it, one man’s open­ing let­ters (8). 13. Goes ahead with the ad­di­tion that’s to in­clude “8 Across” (8). 14. Take up the coat the host is hold­ing out (7). 17. The way a po­lice­man will walk? (5). 19. Say again that each has a lost love (4). 21. Wit­nessed the said flare-up (4).

CRYP­TIC PUZ­ZLE NO. 7548 - SO­LU­TIONS Across - 6, First to last. 7, Twit. 8, Come-down. 9, Dread-s. 10, Rapids (anag.) 12, States. 15, Rip-off. 17, L-oathing. 19, Dump. 20, Plain an­swer.

Down - 1, Pro-tract. 2, Stocks. 3, For­mer. 4, Laid (rev.) 5, Stewed. 6, F-ewer. 11, Pipe down. 13, T-roop-s (rev.) 14, Skinny. 15, Ra-gin-g. 16, F-emu-r. 18, Trap (rev.)

QUICK PUZ­ZLE NO. 7548 - SO­LU­TIONS Across - 6, Trans­par­ent. 7, Gnat. 8, Rose­mary. 9, Bar­ley. 10, Loathe. 12, Up­keep. 15, An­them. 17, Catholic. 19, Reel. 20, Im­per­ti­nent.

Down - 1, Pastille. 2, Os­prey. 3, Dam­sel. 4, Teem. 5, Starch. 6, Tonga. 11, At­tor­ney. 13, Placid. 14, Pal­try. 15, Arc­tic. 16, Event. 18, Hope.

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