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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

4. Like a number that is silly (7)

8. Established form of ceremony showing some spirituality (6)

9. Get in touch with using conservative diplomacy (7)

10. The wood is left brown (6)

11. Plant the man outside a church (6)

12. How would an octopus feel without one? (8)

18. Victoria’s having to depend on a nobleman (8)

20. Rewritten not as a solo piece (6)

21. Doesn’t hit the girls (6)

22. An American in Paris, perhaps, or Germany (7)

23. Envoy using the French opening (6)

24. Gambling superiors? (7)

Down

1. Quietly tell a churchman (7)

2. It’s a man possibly revealing staying-power (7)

3. You’ll find me in a vehicle with an SLR (6)

5. Observe fewer are perfectly clean (8)

6. Perceive that it has thawed (6)

7. Metal coin (6)

13. One of Charles the First’s supporters is offhand (8)

14. Muscovite or American involvement in Iran’s troubles (7)

15. Hides trees on the road (7)

16. Links might be crude, say (6)

17. Hound the fish and the extra-terrestrial (6)

19. Scolds about taking animal skins (6)

Quick puzzle

Across

4. Expert (7)

8. Rough (6)

9. Valour (7)

10. Splendid (6)

11. Unmarried (6)

12. Reveal (8)

18. False (8)

20. Stop (6)

21. Levy (6)

22. Babyhood (7)

23. Loads (6)

24. Smash (7)

Down

1. Grant (7)

2. Scorn (7)

3. Gasoline (6)

5. Paraffin (8)

6. Affectionate (6)

7. Disobedient (6)

13. Hindrance (8)

14. Eyeglass (7)

15. Defame (7)

16. Soak (6)

17. Leave (6)

19. Shared (6)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Parenthesis; 9 End; 10 Temperate; 11 Seedy; 13 Two-time; 14 Opiate; 16 Repair; 18 Agitate; 19 Tweet; 20 Loathsome; 21 Woo; 22 Deprecatory Down: 2 Add; 3 Entry; 4 Tomato; 5 Eyesore; 6 Inanimate; 7 Pensionable; 8 Desecration; 12 Eliminate; 15 Teacher; 17 Heroic; 19 Theft; 21 War

QUICK - Across: 1 Sententious; 9 Odd; 10 Corrosive; 11 Seedy; 13 Amateur; 14 Resign; 16 Person; 18 Confide; 19 Split; 20 Existence; 21 Boa; 22 Fleet of foot Down: 2 End; 3 Tacky; 4 Normal; 5 Isolate; 6 Universal; 7 Constructed; 8 Wear and tear; 12 Essential; 15 Gristle; 17 Lean-to; 19 Sheaf; 21 Boo