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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. Book a flight (6)

8. Foreign office (6)

10. He may be in a car or under a coach (7)

11. Speak falsely of fifty-one in a spelling test (5)

12. Stop a baby crying with a sweetmeat (4)

13. Guard marking time (5)

17. Agreed to lose a selfish characteristic (5)

18. Support for the owner (4)

22. Jack found in church, we hear (5)

23. He works on the side to get better results (7)

24. Posers seldom resolved (6)

25. Strong and healthy or alternatively bankrupt (6)

Down

1. Get cleared in order to follow the Customs Officer’s advice (7)

2. Kind of language in which lovers are involved (7)

3. The poet is very ardent (5)

4. Delayed, so returned to one’s starting position (3,4)

5. The true figure is in this region (5)

6. Rigid measure? (5)

9. They add grace to manners, perhaps (9)

14. Sea-lord orders severe trials (7)

15. One never knows what it may hold for the present (4-3)

16. Stimulating apparitions (7)

19. Superficially read a letter and act carelessly (5)

20. Audacious half of a famous comedy duo (5)

21. Unusual Roman dwelling house (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Rowdy (6)

8. Heavenly (6)

10. Impair (7)

11. Claw (5)

12. Subside (4)

13. Reserve (5)

17. Indolence (5)

18. Conceal (4)

22. Foe (5)

23. Marry (7)

24. Pious (6)

25. Crib (6)

Down

1. Stipulation (7)

2. Struggle (7)

3. Kingly (5)

4. Nervy (7)

5. Foolish (5)

6. Pretence (5)

9. Splash over (9)

14. Frolicsome (7)

15. Reveal (7)

16. Carousal (7)

19. Prepared (5)

20. Quit (5)

21. Utter (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 3 Clock face; 8 Rook; 9 Promising; 10 Jumble; 11 Bound; 14 Colon; 15 Gait; 16 Scamp; 18 Oust; 20 Adorn; 21 Tawse; 24 Stores; 25 Pastilles; 26 Esau; 27 Retriever.

Down: 1 Projector; 2 Formalist; 4 Lyre; 5 Cameo; 6 Fusing; 7 Cant; 9 Plans; 11 Brake; 12 Day of rest; 13 Stands out; 17 Parts; 19 Taster; 22 Salve; 23 Sale; 24 Sere.

QUICK

Across: 3 Predatory; 8 Rare; 9 Assailant; 10 Single; 11 Razor; 14 Raise; 15 Went; 16 Rumba; 18 Bead; 20 Cheer; 21 Least; 24 Stolen; 25 Delineate; 26 Loss; 27 Inclement.

Down: 1 Proscribe; 2 Principal; 4 Ruse; 5 Drama; 6 Tallow; 7 Rind; 9 Alter; 11 Remit; 12 Rebellion; 13 Sternness; 17 Acute; 19 Denial; 22 Steam; 23 Seen; 24 Stun