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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. Times of enchantment (6)

4. Changes his wet flannels (6)

9. Very busy explaining what the Reign of Terror was (2,4,2,5)

10. Erudite composer shown the way out (7)

11. Happen to come later (5)

12. Becomes wedged, we hear, in the doorway (5)

14. Assume in pretence (5)

18. Time to inspire poets perhaps (5)

19. It’s not a positive answer (7)

21. Taking in, being obliging (13)

22. Father’s attempt to be a kind of cook (6)

23. They cause a diversion if sent out (6)

Down

1. Pick out the unmarried (6)

2. Grave taxes can disrupt them (13)

3. Fruit of the melon variety (5)

5. An entertaining lady (7)

6. Sorts earnings out with wrong result (13)

7. A sticker for the traditional method of roasting (6)

8. Study abroad? (5)

13. A mistake in the garden (7)

15. Pull down the tents and abscond (6)

16. Not the best man to take care of horses (5)

17. Spoils a signal and gets into a row (6)

20. Illegally fix game of snooker (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Careless (6)

4. Regulate (6)

9. Inconsistency (13)

10. Protection (7)

11. Bury (5)

12. Composition (5)

14. Traded (5)

18. Seat (5)

19. Fissure (7)

21. Repayment (13)

22. Signify (6)

23. Figure (6)

Down

1. Ebb (6)

2. Revelation (13)

3. Temptress (5)

5. Mislead (7)

6. Stupid (13)

7. Holding (6)

8. Bordered (5)

13. Tumbler (7)

15. Frightened (6)

16. Deride (5)

17. Subside (6)

20. Happening (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 4 Used car; 8 Reeled; 9 Prelacy; 10 Irises; 11 Nudist; 12 Livelong; 18 Turn sour; 20 Mosaic; 21 String; 22 Popular; 23 Solace; 24 Useless.

Down: 1 Braille; 2 Believe; 3 Reveal; 5 Stranger; 6 Delude; 7 Accost; 13 Outclass; 14 Holiday; 15 Dragnet; 16 Donors; 17 Casual; 19 Notion.

QUICK

Across: 4 Special; 8 Outset; 9 Alarmed; 10 Putrid; 11 Malady; 12 Shortage; 18 Allocate; 20 Defend; 21 At last; 22 Sublime; 23 Motion; 24 Retract.

Down: 1 Compose; 2 Station; 3 Depict; 5 Pell mell; 6 Circle; 7 Amends; 13 Academic; 14 Satanic; 15 Destiny; 16 Reduce; 17 Seller; 19 Option.