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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. Bring mine hostess down to earth? (8)

5. Poor specimen of humanity through tobacco? (4)

9. No acquisition of the Rolling Stones (4)

10. Period of complete standstill? (4,4)

11. Guide in haste erratically (5)

12. Ungovernable without legislation (7)

13. Facts on seamen showing the way to reach a higher position (5,2,6)

18. Is 100 too old for risks under insurance policy (8)

19. Location of vision, we hear (4)

20. He can’t manage without making a mess of things (7)

21. Where unwanted things go, like ring on arm or leg? (5)

22. Some precedence given to garden (4)

23. Miscellaneous when classified (8)

Down

2. Disciple gets a job with the French (7)

3. See clearly cinders need taking out (7)

4. Twice reckons at least 10 (6,7)

6. Farthest one leaves exit by mere adjustment (7)

7. I posted different down payment (7)

8. Possesses under 150 buffoons (6)

13. Taxi swallowed by horse? Gruesome! (7)

14. Carry forward a loan (7)

15. Certainly depend on you and me returning (6)

16. Dismiss the person who takes the money (7)

17. Conspicuous for being unskilled (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Calm (8)

5. Hobble (4)

9. Nought (4)

10. Detergent (8)

11. Swift (5)

12. Hand-bomb (7)

13. Rebuilt (13)

18. Perpetual (8)

19. Mid-day (4)

20. Pair (7)

21. Liability (5)

22. Tardy (4)

23. Alien (8)

Down

2. Intimidate (7)

3. Stipulation (7)

4. Understanding (13)

6. Moment (7)

7. Presage (7)

8. Cake (6)

13. Concert (7)

14. Associate (7)

15. Idea (6)

16. Interest (7)

17. Corrosive (7)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 In case; 4 Versus; 9 Sense of humour; 10 Steeple; 11 Twist; 12 Quote; 14 Write; 18 Tonic; 19 Compere; 21 Veiled threats; 22 Splash; 23 Stoker.

Down: 1 Insist; 2 Consequential; 3 Sleep; 5 Equator; 6 Shot in the dark; 7 Strata; 8 Often; 13 Tickers; 15 Staves; 16 Acute; 17 Censer; 20 Merit.

QUICK

Across: 1 Priest; 4 Deduct; 9 Recrimination; 10 Sincere; 11 Ample; 12 Spite; 14 Regal; 18 Incur; 19 Teacher; 21 Knowledgeable; 22 Resist; 23 Patent.

Down: 1 Perish; 2 Inconspicuous; 3 Shine; 5 Emanate; 6 Unimpeachable; 7 Tender; 8 Rider; 13 Thrills; 15 Bicker; 16 Study; 17 Arrest; 20 Arena.