QUICK PUZ­ZLE NO. 7552

Napier Courier - - Bite -

ACROSS

1. Moody (13) 8. Edge (5) 9. Lost (7) 10. Cer­e­mony (6) 11. Gad­get (6) 12. Dis­rep­utable (5) 14. Climb (5) 18. In­sect (6) 20. Fowl (6) 23. Res­cue (7) 24. Money (5) 25. Stealthy (13)

DOWN

1. Ho­tel (6) 2. Worth (5) 3. Gem (7) 4. Ser­vice (4) 5. Fol­low (5) 6. Unim­por­tant (7) 7. Ship (6) 13. Run­ner (7) 15. Cake (7) 16. Es­say (6) 17. Em­pha­sis (6) 19. Avoid (5) 21. Lan­guage (5) 22. Handy (4)

CRYP­TIC PUZ­ZLE NO. 7552 ACROSS

1. Not told what Drac­ula did dur­ing the day (4,2,3,4). 8. The daugh­ter, long to aban­don (5). 9. In­crease for a bunch of tug-men (7). 10. Stick by the head, in trou­ble again (6).

11. On show as a pre­cau­tion (2,4). 12. The two duck into the stall (5). 14. For “tree snake,” get­ting two points (5).

18. Runs out of star ma­te­rial (6). 20. Ma­te­rial the doc­tor left be­hind at the bar­ber’s (6). 23. The poi­son is poured into one of the out­side (7). 24. Sean could be right in that it ap­prox­i­mates to (5). 25. Dis­like of the bass voice? (4,9).

DOWN

1. Steal away to have a doze in the nurs­ery? (6). 2. Throw to the ground (5). 3. Be left in it to pro­tect her (7). 4. Catch in the mouth (4). 5. En­cour­age, for in­stance, to go north (3,2). 6. Mean the lady is in re­verse gear, mov­ing (7). 7. Give the man time, pet (6). 13. As a re­sult, there’s an egress (7). 15. Hav­ing ar­rived, is ex­posed (5,2). 16. Ask what makes man­u­fac­tures step up pro­duc­tion (6). 17. A lively fel­low and fool­hardy (6). 19. She dropped it in the mid­dle of the canal (5). 21. A bit aside from (5). 22. Touched, as one’s hat may be (4).

CRYP­TIC PUZ­ZLE NO. 7551- SO­LU­TIONS

Across - 1,Sta-m-me-rs. 6, Pump. 8, Cold. 9, Se-rgean-t. 10, An-t-on. 11, Pl-edge. 13, Bus­tle. 15, E-me-nds. 17, Stig-ma. 19, Sp-a-in. 22, Di-sin-ter. 23, No-us. 24, Well. 25, Di-sas-ter.

Down - 2, T-h-orn. 3, Made out. 4, Ea-s-t. 5, Scrapped. 6, Piece. 7, Man-aged. 12, De-part-ed. 14, Unt-wine. 16, E-xp-ends. 18, (mixed) grill. 20, Inu-re. 21, I-ris.

QUICK PUZ­ZLE NO. 7551 - SO­LU­TIONS

Across - 1, Draughts. 6, Romp. 8, Over. 9, Trom­bone. 10, Stage. 11, Len­til. 13, Put­ter. 15, Strong. 17, Ten­nis. 19, Of­fer. 22, Sur­prise. 23, Inch. 24, Flay. 25, Green­fly.

Down - 2, Rivet. 3, Up­right. 4, Hate. 5, Spot­less. 6, Robin. 7, Man­sion. 12, Bris­ling. 14, Un­equal. 16, Ruf­fian. 18, Nippy. 20, Ex­cel. 21, Cede.

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