Downright Cryptic


  1. We heard minerals are what you can use to propel a boat (4)
  2. Stabilize body and laugh at newbie’s comical errors, at first (7)
  3. Gordon Sumner receives approval, adding fuel to the fire (7)
  4. Child sent back “why?”—overly curious about others' affairs (4)


  1. Lies ahead within Ottawa itself (6)
  2. Loosen up broken cankles (7)
  3. Without beginning, climbs trails that might be followed by a dog (6)

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