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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. A pipe put under water, we hear (4)

3. Transport used by members of the establishment? (5,3)

8. Avoid colloquial language on the barrack square (4)

9. Actor in a different adaptation of Stevenson story (8)

11. Equipped with visual aids (12)

13. Talk about half a dollar - it has to be earned (6)

14. Aim at getting unusual praise (6)

17 And 2 Down. Is discreet and retains a personal barrister (5,4,3,7)

20. So I rated as no great star (8)

21 And 23 Across. Describing uncovered wheels, we hear, that won’t get worn out (8)

22. Tolerating a certain status (8)

23. See 21 Across

Down

1. Relieve one of any wrong information by correcting bad issue (8)

2. See 17 Across.

4. Artist showing reformed characteristics (6)

5. He looks to the future and often talks of depression (10)

6. Not far from the cathedral precinct (5)

7 And 19 Down. Say a word for vehicular routes (8)

10. Ready advice to a member of the troop (2,8)

12. Puts back in a grave situation (8)

15. According to what is heard, lazy pupils practise hero-worship (7)

16. As a concept, it turned up in the middle of the day (6)

18. In the next race for a run (5)

19. See 7 Down.

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Sharp (4)

3. Recommend (8)

8. Conceal (4)

9. Shines (8)

11. Rate too highly (12)

13. Array (6)

14. Get away (6)

17. Premonition (12)

20. First (8)

21. Cook (4)

22. Leads (8)

23. Not as much (4)

Down

1. Secular (8)

2. Esteem (7)

4. Erase (6)

5. Hopeful (10)

6. Avoid (5)

7. Simple (4)

10. Tyrannical (10)

12. Uneasy (8)

15. Mean (7)

16. Mad (6)

18. Breed (5)

19. Band (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Stage-struck; 9 Tableau; 10 Verve; 11 Drawn; 12 Deliver; 13 Severe; 15 Stingy; 18 All over; 20 Irish; 22 Class; 23 Welfare; 24 Mental state.

Down: 2 Tibia; 3 Gleaner; 4 Sounds; 5 Rival; 6 Caravan; 7 At a distance; 8 Hearty cheer; 14 Village; 16 Triplet; 17 Trowel; 19 Visit; 21 Inapt.

QUICK

Across: 1 Instability; 9 Pervade; 10 Nurse; 11 Clean; 12 Disdain; 13 Assure; 15 Spleen; 18 Unaware; 20 Local; 22 Aided; 23 Process; 24 Preparatory.

Down: 2 Nerve; 3 Trainer; 4 Blends; 5 Links; 6 Terrace; 7 Spectacular; 8 Meaningless; 14 Slander; 16 Pull out; 17 Keeper; 19 Add up; 21 Clear.