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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

1. But a blunt question may incur it (5,6)

9. Draw a politician out (3)

10. Insulting attack (9)

11. Statute has two points that need cutting (5)

13. Decrease one’s difficulties? (4,3)

14. Recent change of heart (6)

16. Tortured saints. Mark may be one of them (6)

18. First-rate arrangement for a performer (7)

19. Paul and I cooked a foreign dish (5)

20. Most agree it could be an eyesore (9)

21. Shelter in a sleeping-bag (3)

22. Farewell photograph may be the last word in defiance (7,4)

Down

2. Joint invitation to cheer (3)

3. Quarters of an acre out of doors (5)

4. Business concern (6)

5. Fresh suet not exported (4,3)

6. Leader of newspapers (9)

7. Pocket-money makes very little difference (5,6)

8. Be confident, sleep is guaranteed (4,7)

12. Took the main course but possibly not a sweet (4,2,3)

15. Is it for the fleet-footed? (4-3)

17. Church-worker with grave responsibilities (6)

19. City of legendary character (5)

21. Behold around the East a sign (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Usefulness (11)

9. Write (3)

10. Contraction (9)

11. Automaton (5)

13. Hug (7)

14. Caper (6)

16. Manacle (6)

18. Ameliorate (7)

19. Danger (5)

20. Quivering (9)

21. Joker (3)

22. Shrill (11)

Down

2. Possess (3)

3. Call on (5)

4. Tends (6)

5. Raise to peerage (7)

6. Personality (9)

7. Fitting (11)

8. Weather science (11)

12. Swear (9)

15. Shutting (7)

17. Diversion (6)

19. Postulate (5)

21. Gain (3)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Lift; 3 Patricia; 9 Wagered; 10 Carol; 11 Out of hearing; 13 Crafty; 15 Upshot; 17 Breathe again; 20 Owing; 21 Shelter; 22 The Andes; 23 Fray.

Down: 1 Low voice; 2 Fight; 4 Andrew; 5 Record player; 6 Corinth; 7 Ally; 8 Profit margin; 12 Stingray; 14 Airline; 16 Chaste; 18 Altar; 19 Loft.

QUICK

Across: 1 Cult; 3 Pressure; 9 Interim; 10 Bulge; 11 Inexperience; 13 Assess; 15 Bridge; 17 Unreasonable; 20 Credo; 21 Unaware; 22 Resisted; 23 Deny.

Down: 1 Critical; 2 Lithe; 4 Remark; 5 Subterranean; 6 Unlaced; 7 Eyed; 8 Preposterous; 12 Severely; 14 Sinless; 16 Assume; 18 Blame; 19 Scar.