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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. It’s not often the present combines with the past (3,3,4)

7. A good shot, but the winner lost the point (5)

8. Defames a large number and gets into a row (7)

10. It brings insects to a sticky end (3-5)

11. I depart right after the operatic prince (4)

13. I’d call round, but not on foot (6)

15. Fatal delay, perhaps, involves a number (6)

17. They have good reason to renounce the world (4)

18. Stage a hunger-strike, and stick to it (4,4)

21. A number in Exeter possibly going too far (7)

22. It’s put in during games of tennis (5)

23. Groundless rumour that there’s unemployment? (4,6)

Down

1. Nurse for a goat (5)

2. Decoration for the brave perhaps (3-5)

3. One issue or several (6)

4. Late edition story (4)

5. Not free to wed (7)

6. It’s not the same as a disagreement (10)

9. A miserable and penitent condition (5,5)

12. Plant holders? (8)

14. Indeed it’s not distinguished (7)

16. It’s worn by a woman for a dance (6)

19. Could be Poe’s a fabulous story-teller (5)

20. We are - or used to be (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Playful (10)

7. Stir (5)

8. Compensation (7)

10. Ceaseless (8)

11. Couple (4)

13. Dry scholar (6)

15. Relent (6)

17. Additionally (4)

18. Limit (8)

21. Defame (7)

22. Put up (5)

23. Impolite (10)

Down

1. Lucky shot (5)

2. Exaggerated (8)

3. Notch (6)

4. A few (4)

5. Nomad (7)

6. Victorious (10)

9. Reinforce (10)

12. Tormentor (8)

14. Scorn (7)

16. Lower (6)

19. Frigidly (5)

20. Chrysalis (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Get away with it; 8 Free port; 9 Kind; 10 Lifted; 12 Hardly; 14 Asking; 16 Norway; 18 Bleb; 20 Imposing; 22 Have a good mind.

Down: 1 Near miss; 2 Parent; 3 Dado; 4 Switch on; 5 Stoker; 6 Lion; 11 Diggings; 13 Learning; 15 Inbred; 17 Resume; 19 Loaf; 21 Plot.

QUICK

Across: 7 Instantaneous; 8 Grandeur; 9 Vast; 10 In hand; 12 Lustre; 14 Chorus; 16 Yearly; 18 Stop; 20 Annotate; 22 Consternation.

Down: 1 Entrench; 2 Stanza; 3 Once; 4 Fair play; 5 Leaves; 6 Fuss; 11 Diseased; 13 Relation; 15 Repose; 17 Astute; 19 Tool; 21 None.