Sir Lancelot and His Page; WIN A SUPERB PARKER SONNET PEN WORTH [Pounds Sterling]100

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HERE'S your chance to win a Parker Sonnet Black Laque fountain pen worth [pounds sterling]100. Every week our gallant knight Sir Lancelot engages in an amiable joust with his Page. They provide different clues that give the same answers. Sir Lancelot provides the Cryptic Clues and his Page the Quick Clues. Solutions next Sunday.

SIR LANCELOT'S CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS

1 It's popular to instruct to cut, endlessly, VAT? (8,3)

7 Givers of advice close to driver for hire (5)

8 Motorist taking in the Spanish learner is one who talks rot (9)

10 Allowance a pound? That's logical (8)

11 Universal humorist taking second (6)

13 Make tea during sombre week (4)

14 Go into Bali touring as a duty (10)

17 In England shockingly nothing taken in without alliance (10)

18 Female singer keen to make a come-back (4)

20 Unusual age on permit for young bird (6)

22 Inspire a mad Italian etcher (8)

24 European cited about measure and given protection (9)

25 Strength of British yawn stifled initially (5)

26 Cruelly dons are shifting like villains (11)

DOWN

1 Wager, small, in pub is started but not finished (2-7)

2 24 hours spent with lad? He'd learn something (6)

3 Cole embarrassed, perhaps, by one getting pickled? (3,7)

4 Cut cold cheek (4)

5 Golfers' support given to all not drinking (8)

6 Waxy lemons contain fibrous plant tissue (5)

7 Ace, brainier, trained Continental cop (11)

9 About to tip over into a new withdrawal (11)

12 Strange desire to envelop wind with missile (10)

15 One unusual fool comes back with yen for travel plan (9)

16 Change, for example, old different personality (5,3)

19 Unfinished match to throw up frolic (6)

21 Objects go south collecting aluminium (5)

23 Pastry aficionado consuming 50 (4)

LAST WEEK'S SOLUTIONS, No 379

ACROSS: 1 Furl, 3 Lame duck, 8 Sadness, 9 Canada, 11 Adulthood, 12 Muzak, 13 Della, 14 Dominical, 16 Hottentot, 19 Tread, 20 Pizza, 22 Tailoring, 23 O'Brien, 24 Leakage, 25 Wainscot, 26 Levy. …