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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. He must have space to work in (9)

8. This way for the fjords (3)

9. Depressing task for an exorcist (11)

11. Flawless finish (7)

12. Old instrument came before a modern one (5)

13. Gives encouragement to drink? (6)

15. Complaint about Ma’s hat (6)

17. They’re found on snow-shoes - not skates (5)

18. Forward some money (7)

20. But they’re not necessarily sea-food (4,7)

22. The little devil’s simply without cunning (3)

23. Property conveyance? (6,3)

Down

2. Fast runner down mountains (3)

3. Green fruit (5)

4. Fly from Yugoslavia, terrified (6)

5. Robbers may be seen the night before, breaking into this (7)

6. It’s safe to say where the card-players’ success lies (2,4,5)

7. Increase the strain (9)

10. They’re out in the day, but helpful if you’re out at night (6,5)

11. Crams the stuff together and finishes (5,2,2)

14. Pause as the priest turns the key (7)

16. Surgeon’s paper knife? (6)

19. Spring, often underground (5)

21. Time for a letter from Vera (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Syllabus (9)

8. Vestment (3)

9. Party (11)

11. Uniform (7)

12. Tender (5)

13. Bug (6)

15. Save (6)

17. Headdress (5)

18. Confer (7)

20. Impudent (11)

22. Self (3)

23. Compensated (9)

Down

2. Regret (3)

3. Revolt (5)

4. Scarce (6)

5. Incident (7)

6. Make (11)

7. Porous (9)

10. Lawmaking (11)

11. Revelled (9)

14. Bell-tongue (7)

16. Frightened (6)

19. Din (5)

21. Born (3)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 In pawn; 8 Entail; 10 Carnage; 11 Again; 12 Eats; 13 Miner; 17 Leave; 18 Opal; 22 About; 23 Nothing; 24 Travel; 25 Screen. Down: 1 Pitcher; 2 Spirits; 3 Sweat; 4 Engages; 5 Salad; 6 Plant; 9 Believing; 14 Leather; 15 Spoiled; 16 All gone; 19 Parts; 20 Moral; 21 Stick.

QUICK

Across: 7 Random; 8 Repute; 10 Destiny; 11 Cress; 12 Clap; 13 Speed; 17 Happy; 18 Cede; 22 Apron; 23 Irksome; 24 Resist; 25 Client. Down: 1 Predict; 2 Unusual; 3 Movie; 4 Rescued; 5 Queer; 6 Feast; 9 Dyspepsia; 14 Harness; 15 Recover; 16 Beneath; 19 Marry; 20 Gross; 21 Skill.