TWO SPEED CROSS­WORD

Gloucestershire Echo - - BRAIN TEASER -

This two-speed cross­word has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryp­tic clues, try the Quick.

Cryp­tic Across

3. Playfel­low? (9) 8 & 23 Dn. Where you’ll find the times are chang­ing? (8) 9. Dom­i­nat­ing - like a school re­plete with teach­ers? (9) 10. This may hold the wine for a trades­man, we hear (6) 11. He is in­volved in a du­bi­ous act (5) 14. There will be a time-lag if this is too slow (5) 15. Record part of the scale (4) 16. Part of the score a choir man­age to achieve (5) 18. A curse the wit­ness may be un­der (4) 20. Su­per­flu­ous let­ter dis­closed to the pub­lic (5) 21. Ground with un­lim­ited space all round (5) 24. Nat­u­ral ten­dency to make a great ef­fort (6) 25. Ex­actly lo­cates the golfer’s tar­get with com­pass di­rec­tions! (9) 26. Look over south­ern ves­sel (4) 27. Bring­ing about a low­er­ing of French clas­si­fi­ca­tion (9) Down 1. Cane out! I’d change what goes on in school! (9) 2. Dead­lock pro­duced by a com­pan­ion out of con­di­tion (9) 4. Bring up right close to a sound re­ceiver (4) 5. This will pro­vide a light com­pet­i­tive en­counter (5) 6. Paint­ing in brown ma­te­rial is checked (6) 7. The ego is trod­den un­der­foot, we hear (4) 9. A key for the army of­fi­cer (5) 11. Vi­o­lent im­pact pro­duc­ing com­mer­cial fail­ure (5) 12. Pa­tience that gives a cer­tain range of lat­i­tude (9) 13. This clue is ap­pro­pri­ate to the sub­ject (9) 17. They en­ter­tain the crowds (5) 19. Bas­ket to prove an ob­sta­cle to progress (6) 22. Made an ef­fort, but pro­duced an ir­ri­tat­ing ef­fect (5) 23. See 8 Across 24. Weapon used in the clos­est en­gage­ments (4)

Quick

Across 3. Play­wright (9) 8. Spec­i­fied day (4) 9. Im­pe­ri­ous (9) 10. Base­ment (6) 11. De­ceive (5) 14. Speed (5) 15. Brief let­ter (4) 16. Ex­tend (5) 18. Pledge (4) 20. De­lib­er­ate (5) 21. Planet (5) 24. Stretch tight (6) 25. Iden­ti­fies (9) 26. Glance over (4) 27. Hu­mil­i­at­ing (9)

Down

1. School­ing (9) 2. Dead­lock (9) 4. Back (4) 5. Com­pe­ti­tion (5) 6. Scot­tish fab­ric (6) 7. Spirit (4) 9. Sig­nif­i­cant (5) 11. Col­lide (5) 12. En­durance (9) 13. Rel­e­vant (9) 17. Mul­ti­tudes (5) 19. Food bas­ket (6) 22. At­tempted (5) 23. Row (4) 24. Gun (4)

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