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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

7. Build a home with adobe (5)

8. Work socially acceptable advanced as worth a lot (7)

9. He falls about though able to hold drink (7)

10. The mark of an illiterate half-breed (5)

12. That’s the last time - I always lose (5,5)

15. The storm created by Shakespeare (3,7)

18. Swiss river heron in distress (5)

19. A sailor scowls about Herculean tasks (7)

21. Time for business records (7)

22. Delia’s perfect form (5)

Down

1. Expert teacher, now retired (4,6)

2. Figures they may have to be filled (5)

3. Leap about the ring (4)

4. Spring changes course (6)

5. Be superior to other pupils? (8)

6. He’d rob a distressed girl (7)

11. Coastal defence that is soon liquidated? (4-6)

13. But they don’t look down in the mouth (3-5)

14. Tell, and tell again (7)

16. East European, but could be French (6)

17. Well salted (5)

20. I go into bat at the end of the line (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Wireless (5)

8. Decayed (7)

9. Dirty (7)

10. Pause (3-2)

12. Presence (10)

15. Fascinated (10)

18. Stories (5)

19. Translation (7)

21. Couch (7)

22. Buffoon (5)

Down

1. Dishonest (10)

2. Decree (5)

3. Only (4)

4. Swagger (6)

5. Drive out (8)

6. Satisfied (7)

11. Very distinguished (3-7)

13. Annoying (8)

14. Usefulness (7)

16. Affectionate (6)

17. Unimportant (5)

20. Boulder (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Schematic; 8 Pie; 9 Round figure; 11 Radiant; 12 Leave; 13 Parsec; 15 Stairs; 17 Nurse; 18 Designs; 20 Train-bearer; 22 Nee; 23 Hush money.

Down: 2 Coo; 3 Media; 4 Twists; 5 Couplet; 6 Opera-singer; 7 Heiresses; 10 Underwriter; 11 Repentant; 14 Eyewash; 16 Adonis; 19 Steam; 21 Eye.

QUICK

Across: 1 Navigator; 8 Own; 9 Proposition; 11 Settles; 12 Steer; 13 Actual; 15 Temple; 17 Miner; 18 Outrage; 20 Indifferent; 22 Inn; 23 Earnestly.

Down: 2 Air; 3 Growl; 4 Thirsty; 5 Reissue; 6 Contemplate; 7 Intercede; 10 Outstanding; 11 Spasmodic; 14 Abridge; 16 Coffer; 19 Theme; 21 Nil.