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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. Choose to gather the fruit, maybe (4)

3. Sporting methods used by golfers (8)

8. Associated with the mouth and the ear, by the sound of it (4)

9. Find out the cause of ill-feeling (8)

11. Sorely tried, as examination candidates are (3,2,3,4)

13. Chartered accountant to make a telephone call, showing concern (6)

14. In favour of appropriate gain (6)

17. What to do to elicit some response (3,1,8)

20. Right inside reorganised coal-pit it’s very hot (8)

21. Two and one within the standard score (4)

22. Ken seems to show humility (8)

23. A group of lovely girls - the Turkish bigwig embraces five (4)

Down

1. For a chance of success, go looking for gold (8)

2. Part of the book associated with the dean (7)

4. Come to rest on fire (6)

5. Military order to get in line for proper uniform (5,5)

6. Somehow lose a source of bitter medicine (5)

7. Top player for broadcasting (4)

10 And 18 Down. Make the bases blend with what is ceremonially laid (10-5)

12. Dangerous fish straying all over the place (8)

15. I get R.A.F. to destroy the warship (7)

16. Decoratively speaking, they go to the wall! (6)

18. See 10 Down

19. Check some of the finest emeralds (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Pivot (4)

3. Scrawl (8)

8. Ornamental fabric (4)

9. Convince (8)

11. Resumption (12)

13. Pact (6)

14. Impede (6)

17. Fertility (12)

20. Manufacturer (8)

21. Row (4)

22. Petition (8)

23. Yield (4)

Down

1. Apportion (8)

2. Authorise (7)

4. Bank order (6)

5. Unappeasable (10)

6. Spree (5)

7. Pitcher (4)

10. Deal out (10)

12. Keep (8)

15. Accurate (7)

16. Cause (6)

18. Perch (5)

19. Recess (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Cardinal sin; 9 Relapse; 10 Defoe; 11 Venue; 12 Even out; 13 Course; 15 Suitor; 18 Astilbe; 20 Rifle; 22 Going; 23 Leg-room; 24 Adolf Hitler.

Down: 2 All-in; 3 Depress; 4 Needed; 5 Ledge; 6 In front; 7 Grave charge; 8 Better terms; 14 Untried; 16 Upright; 17 Wealth; 19 Legal; 21 Froze.

QUICK

Across: 1 Nocturnally; 9 Unaided; 10 Annoy; 11 Clean; 12 Compute; 13 Schism; 15 Wisdom; 18 Layette; 20 Pater; 22 Erica; 23 Torture; 24 Defenceless.

Down: 2 Orate; 3 Tidings; 4 Reduce; 5 Alarm; 6 Languid; 7 Quicksilver; 8 Hypermarket; 14 Haywire; 16 Imperil; 17 Hectic; 19 Trade; 21 Truss.