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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. What one has to pay for a kind of hook (4)

8. See 9 Across

9 And 8 Across. Tried to lose the lead? (8,2,3,5)

10. Drains the energy from silly types (4)

12. Don’t get distracted as those in the retinue will (6)

14. Use a lever differently to make disclosures (6)

15. The sea-pink requires good husbandry (6)

17. Providing publicity for a first-class arena (6)

18. Invites somebody to take the top off the barrels (4)

19. One beset by unusually erratic standards (8)

21. One who helps to fill up the same form (6-4)

22. The flower girl came up for a sprinkler! (4)

Down

2. How the highly amused patient may be seen after an operation! (2,8)

3. Mountain ash? (4)

4. Made up for some of the meat one devoured (6)

5. It’s painful when touched - you need a nurse! (6)

6. Makes a recovery and surmounts a difficulty (4,4)

7. So you’ll find half of them over the United States (4)

11. They demand legal satisfaction for obvious quarrels (10)

13. It’s a matter of sending out groups of diplomats to the East (8)

16. Equipment needed to get down to the job (6)

17. A beastly example of what Manila produces (6)

18. A recess in which father returns to the south-east (4)

20. From the lake we refilled the jug (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Dross (4)

8. Overstate (10)

9. Submarine (8)

10. Mirth (4)

12. Dog-house (6)

14. Hypnotic state (6)

15. Dismount (6)

17. Shrewd (6)

18. Worry (4)

19. Soup (8)

21. Bigoted (10)

22. Loathe (4)

Down

2. Adviser (10)

3. Pool (4)

4. Maiden (6)

5. Horrified (6)

6. Expectant (8)

7. Present (4)

11. Agitation (10)

13. Denial (8)

16. Voucher (6)

17. Yearly (6)

18. Just (4)

20. Curse (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Abode; 8 Opulent; 9 Tumbler; 10 Cross; 12 Never again; 15 The Tempest; 18 Rhone; 19 Labours; 21 Minutes; 22 Ideal.

Down: 1 Past master; 2 Forms; 3 Peal; 4 Source; 5 Outclass; 6 Deborah; 11 Sand-castle; 13 Eye-teeth; 14 Recount; 16 Polish; 17 Cured; 20 Bait.

QUICK

Across: 7 Radio; 8 Ruinous; 9 Unclean; 10 Let-up; 12 Attendance; 15 Enthralled; 18 Tales; 19 Version; 21 Ottoman; 22 Clown.

Down: 1 Fraudulent; 2 Edict; 3 Sole; 4 Prance; 5 Dislodge; 6 Content; 11 Pre-eminent; 13 Tiresome; 14 Utility; 16 Loving; 17 Minor; 20 Rock.