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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

3. See 19 Down.

8. One old reconstructed image (4)

9. See 23 Down.

10. Shakespearean production for a very small community (6)

11. Receive information from a nuclear network (5)

14. Used by those who make snap decisions! (5)

15. Fish from a boat unassisted (4)

16. Artist’s equipment from eastern jumble sale (5)

18. The first pieces of land under selective horticulture will be very productive (4)

20. Almost rate as fools (5)

21. Nervous for a time in the grammar lesson (5)

24. Change the name of an antagonist (6)

25. Scientific apparatus required to examine underground railway systems (4-5)

26. See 9 Down.

27. Premier once disguised as old gent (9)

Down

1. Dark autumn evening (9)

2. Stickler to give shape to a catalogue (9)

4. A radical way to go, we hear (4)

5. Excessive, but not to be paid yet? (5)

6. He accompanies the commanding officer with the rest deployed around (6)

7. They’re nailed inside footwear (4)

9 And 26 Across. See if care can lead to suspension of action (5-4)

11. I sell faulty material ... (5)

12. ... and I’m sure to upset nanny (9)

13. Traveller supported by others’ efforts (9)

17. The French leave south west African port (5)

19 And 3 Across. Certainly not discussions that remain coldly logical (6,9)

22. Prevent normal development of a gimmick (5)

23 And 9 Across. Properly managed, as good orchestras are (4-9)

24. Plant right in the swamp (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

3. Vociferous (9)

8. Bound (4)

9. Lawyer (9)

10. Motive (6)

11. Offspring (5)

14. Command (5)

15. Weary (4)

16. Frock (5)

18. Telephone (4)

20. Vestige (5)

21. Seize (5)

24. Register (6)

25. Freed (9)

26. Daybreak (4)

27. Canteen (9)

Down

1. Right (9)

2. Profitable (9)

4. Lend (4)

5. Merriment (5)

6. Outcome (6)

7. Not new (4)

9. Plank (5)

11. Crawl (5)

12. Disclaimer (9)

13. The accused (9)

17. Horse (5)

19. Mourn (6)

22. Begin (5)

23. Mature (4)

24. Hind part (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Duct; 3 Staff car; 8 Shun; 9 Catriona; 11 Bespectacled; 13 Salary; 14 Aspire; 17 Keeps one’s own; 20 Asteroid; 21 Tire; 22 Standing; 23 Less.

Down: 1 Disabuse; 2 Counsel; 4 Traits; 5 Forecaster; 6 Close; 7 Road; 10 Be prepared; 12 Reinters; 15 Idolise; 16 Notion; 18 Extra; 19 Ways.

QUICK

Across: 1 Tart; 3 Advocate; 8 Mask; 9 Glitters; 11 Overestimate; 13 Attire; 14 Escape; 17 Presentiment; 20 Original; 21 Bake; 22 Precedes; 23 Less.

Down: 1 Temporal; 2 Respect; 4 Delete; 5 Optimistic; 6 Avert; 7 Easy; 10 Repressive; 12 Restless; 15 Average; 16 Insane; 18 Raise; 19 Hoop.