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Choice of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

6. Occupy when in costume (7)

7. Thickness of a hen ... (5)

9. ... one that turns round at a Welsh town (5)

10. Suggest a work in poetic language (7)

12. Illuminated by knowledge? (11)

14. Modern versions of trumpets? (7,4)

18. Talks continually to animals (7)

19. Nimble like Joe in beer? (5)

21. Trivial like an officer (5)

22. Colour of a magnate, perhaps (7)

Down

1. Join a girl at ten (5)

2. Cane that traitor Brown (6)

3. Put a wastepaper basket over part of a pen (3)

4. Specimen of transaction involving a politician (6)

5. Infectious disease giving same trouble to Les (7)

8. Entrance in London (7)

11. End of a spill taken to light brown coal (7)

13. Discusses how to beat Des up (7)

15. Possibly berate for giving a discount (6)

16. Educational qualification in angling? (6)

17. Not the dog star, but the dog planet! (5)

20. Howl like a horse? (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Dexterity (7)

7. Skinflint (5)

9. Gloomy (5)

10. Tax (7)

12. Loss (11)

14. Difference (11)

18. Lie (7)

19. Apart (5)

21. Academy Award (5)

22. Aversion (7)

Down

1. Defy (5)

2. Changeable (6)

3. Timid (3)

4. Gallows (6)

5. Wreck (7)

8. Personal (7)

11. Hard stone (7)

13. Testimony (7)

15. Gullet (6)

16. Force (6)

17. Coppice (5)

20. Fastener (3)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Back marker; 7 Onset; 8 Impound; 10 Faltered; 11 Stol; 13 Alfred; 15 Cherub; 17 Dora; 18 Dinosaur; 21 Numbers; 22 Inept; 23 Inside left. Down: 1 Basil; 2 Cat’s-eyes; 3 Maiden; 4 Raps; 5 Equator; 6 Roof garden; 9 Deliberate; 12 Theorise; 14 Foreman; 16 Tissue; 19 Agent; 20 Yeti.

QUICK

Across: 1 Preferment; 7 Burst; 8 Trainer; 10 Ill-fated; 11 Plug; 13 Abduct; 15 Censor; 17 Oust; 18 Foretell; 21 Younger; 22 Amiss; 23 Meagreness. Down: 1 Peril; 2 Entrance; 3 Esteem; 4 Meal; 5 Nonplus; 6 Obligatory; 9 Regardless; 12 Generate; 14 Dispute; 16 Source; 19 Evils; 20 Agog.