DOU­BLE CROSS­WORD

Evening Times - - PUZZLES -

CRYP­TIC CLUES Across

1. Mail the book of the play as an af­ter­thought (10) 7. The lead­ing char­ac­ters of “Al­ces­tis” ca­pa­bly tack­led Euripi­des’s di­a­logue (5) 8. Sounds like a bat­tle area to treat with con­tempt (7)

10. The so­lu­tion when she goes astray in a low joint (8)

11. In the Dode­canese, a mine layer (4)

13. Be­ing doomed, mother comes to a bad end (6)

15. Scared to re­de­ploy reg­i­men­tal nu­clei (6)

17. Skills that are linked to some de­gree (4)

18. Could be a wa­ter clock for a vet­eran (3-5)

21. They rope in the girls round the ring (7)

22. Cho­sen among the Is­raelites (5)

23. Com­fort­able berth, but prickly to lie on! (3,2,5)

Down

1. Put a black cover on the play­ing sur­face (5)

2. Mem­bers of the team who of­fi­ci­ate in church! (8) 3. Suf­fer from the re­sults of bad ‘ar­vest! (6)

4. Neck­wear for a thug, we hear (4)

5. Solid sup­port around a sin­gle trail­blazer (7) 6. Ba­sic equip­ment re­quired by one in court (3,3,4)

9. Sy­co­phan­tic con­vict? (4-6)

12. Ar­bo­real fea­tures of the cove? (3,5)

14. It’s in­volved with the same artist (7)

16. The precinct on the right is more stuffy (6)

19. Sound­ing like men of let­ters (5)

20. Toy that has its ups and downs (2-2)

QUICK CLUES Across

1. Note (10)

7. Pur­vey (5)

8. Vowed (7)

10. Above (8)

11. Fewer (4)

13. Pow­er­ful (6)

15. Pageant (6)

17. Im­age (4)

18. Hamper (8)

21. Gang­ster (7)

22. Ex­is­tence (5)

23. Hind­sight (10)

Down

1. Bishop’s hat (5)

2. Trades­man (8)

3. Re­voke (6)

4. Re­quire (4)

5. Oint­ment (7)

6. Achieve (10)

9. Put off (10)

12. Pre­cious (8)

14. Duo (7)

16. Spite (6)

19. Con­structed (5)

20. Dim (4)

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