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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. Packed against the unexpected? (2,4)

4. Is against using Latin (6)

9. Laughter-maker? (5,2,6)

10. High church feature (7)

11. Swindle in a tortuous way? (5)

12. Mention a price (5)

14. Correct, we hear, what authors do (5)

18. The keynote of medicine (5)

19. Firm politician is on before the MC (7)

21. One is not openly menaced by them (6,7)

22. Excitement created by someone falling overboard? (6)

23. He’s hired purely for firing (6)

Down

1. Is and isn’t one way to be emphatic (6)

2. Self-important as a direct result (13)

3. Strips, going up to get some rest (5)

5. It provides no latitude for the navigator (7)

6. Filmed by night - it’s a chancy business (4,2,3,4)

7. A sweet’s made up in layers (6)

8. Frequently decimal (5)

13. Watches teachers marking correctly? (7)

15. Lines of poetry or music (6)

16. A charming French accent (5)

17. Screen off in church (6)

20. Be entitled to credit (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Minister (6)

4. Subtract (6)

9. Countercharge (13)

10. Heartfelt (7)

11. Sufficient (5)

12. Malice (5)

14. Kingly (5)

18. Bring on (5)

19. Coach (7)

21. Well-informed (13)

22. Withstand (6)

23. Obvious (6)

Down

1. Waste away (6)

2. Obscure (13)

3. Lustre (5)

5. Arise (7)

6. Blameless (13)

7. Affectionate (6)

8. Horseman (5)

13. Excites (7)

15. Wrangle (6)

16. Analyse (5)

17. Stop (6)

20. Ring (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 4 Address; 8 Murmur; 9 Paradox; 10 Regale; 11 Amount; 12 Sideways; 18 Penchant; 20 Hustle; 21 Gander; 22 Display; 23 Seance; 24 Ushered.

Down: 1 Impress; 2 Brigade; 3 Outlaw; 5 Diapason; 6 Reason; 7 Spoons; 13 Amperage; 14 Landing; 15 Stories; 16 Duties; 17 Staple; 19 Chapel.

QUICK

Across: 4 Narrate; 8 Treaty; 9 Stamina; 10 Tirade; 11 Nature; 12 Restored; 18 Suddenly; 20 Divert; 21 Cinema; 22 Inhuman; 23 Season; 24 Pretend.

Down: 1 Stature; 2 Repress; 3 Studio; 5 Attended; 6 Remote; 7 Tenure; 13 Restrain; 14 Intense; 15 Tyranny; 16 Sinner; 17 Result; 19 Driver.