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Cryptic puzzle

Across

4. Male bird next to mine where the flier sits (7)

8. Maybe ease an old hero (6)

9. Is not at new post (7)

10. Tour is arranged for a wooer (6)

11. Fumed - spun out again (6)

12. Concealed when getting beaten? (2,6)

18. Suit completely but not regularly (8)

20. Far from being experienced, yet apparently perfect (6)

21. Where bars are not sweet music (6)

22. Scold for woven band going to higher point (7)

23. Earth reduced to powder (6)

24. Disturbed real nun has to offload previous knowledge (7)

Down

1. Legal attire? (7)

2. Able to be seen as perception (7)

3. Charm without measure by aged king (6)

5. Perhaps not great, but well aimed (2,6)

6. Numbered set of parts to make small animal (6)

7. Only partly pressed their one demand (6)

13. Deduce one or lower (8)

14. Shut completely through a near shot? (5-2)

15. CIA deny producing poison (7)

16. No backing for forced change of government voucher (6)

17. Transfix right in chessman (6)

19. Mineral on animal’s coat causes big commotion (6)

Quick puzzle

Across

4. Progressive (7)

8. Yearly (6)

9. Clap (7)

10. Almost (6)

11. Preferably (6)

12. Seeming (8)

18. Attendance (8)

20. Ebb (6)

21. Apprehend (6)

22. Rebuke (7)

23. Puzzle (6)

24. Flourish (7)

Down

1. Contradict (7)

2. Sad (7)

3. Visitor (6)

5. Quick retort (8)

6. Expand (6)

7. Charm (6)

13. Hasten (8)

14. Anger (7)

15. Disquiet (7)

16. Assistant (6)

17. Rubble (6)

19. Road (6)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Act together; 9 Ale; 10 Insulator; 11 Shame; 13 Enthral; 14 Repose; 16 Byname; 18 Purpose; 19 Wands; 20 Rear light; 21 All; 22 In a nutshell.

Down: 2 Cue; 3 Twine; 4 Gasket; 5 Tolstoy; 6 Entertain; 7 False report; 8 Grilled sole; 12 Appertain; 15 Swollen; 17 Weight; 19 Watch; 21 Ail.

QUICK - Across: 1 Encapsulate; 9 Use; 10 Foretaste; 11 Offal; 13 Bailiff; 14 Debase; 16 Renown; 18 Noisome; 19 Crypt; 20 Transpire; 21 Sir; 22 Detrimental.

Down: 2 Nee; 3 Awful; 4 Scribe; 5 Lattice; 6 Testimony; 7 Subordinate; 8 Perfunctory; 12 Fabricate; 15 Sponsor; 17 Medium; 19 Clean; 21 Spa.