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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. Wine left on the ship (4)

8. It’s a dessert with a core, darling (10)

9. Kind of house for a party of sailors? (8)

10. Describing the prose of the course correspondent? (4)

12. Cover part of a television-set (6)

14. Theologian to make an inspired guess (6)

15. One who produces a spring garment (6)

17. Father’s attempt to be a kind of cook (6)

18. There’s a disturbance back in the air, it seems (4)

19. See 18 Down.

21. Everybody provided with a complimentary ticket for the fight (4-3-3)

22. How the enchantress endlessly addresses the king (4)

Down

2. Not where tennis tournaments are settled (3,2,5)

3. Good man upset by a leader of Russia (4)

4. An intention to work as an architect (6)

5. Half the cast of advanced years presented to the public (6)

6. Establishes convincing evidence again and issues a reprimand (8)

7. Don’t leave a guy on the boat (4)

11. Man with a haulage business who agrees to make a call (10)

13. He trades abroad as a retired railwayman (8)

16. University bigwig is a clergyman (6)

17. Nearly everybody near the harbour entrance (6)

18. And 19 Across. Nevertheless, it could be hard cash! (4,8)

20. Notice, on return, about 50 sea creatures (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Image (4)

8. Approval (10)

9. Soft wool (8)

10. Detail (4)

12. Firm (6)

14. Signify (6)

15. Wrote (6)

17. Observing (6)

18. Asterisk (4)

19. Bragging (8)

21. Rival (10)

22. Resound (4)

Down

2. Section (10)

3. Whip (4)

4. Assent (6)

5. Scatter (6)

6. Wisdom (8)

7. Appear (4)

11. Quench (10)

13. Insolvent (8)

16. Discuss (6)

17. Deficient (6)

18. Ill (4)

20. Ripped (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Odour; 8 Hand-out; 9 Coroner; 10 Usurp; 12 Asseverate; 15 Impoverish; 18 Apart; 19 Fall out; 21 Freeman; 22 Opera.

Down: 1 Concertina; 2 Sorry; 3 Iron; 4 Charge; 5 Insurers; 6 Popular; 11 Present day; 13 Save time; 14 Apparel; 16 Refine; 17 Domed; 20 Loot.

QUICK

Across: 7 Crowd; 8 Bravery; 9 Obscene; 10 Later; 12 Distraught; 15 Interloper; 18 Hoist; 19 Janitor; 21 Chaotic; 22 Child.

Down: 1 Accomplish; 2 Moist; 3 Edge; 4 Absent; 5 Palliate; 6 Vertigo; 11 Retrograde; 13 Irritate; 14 Stoical; 16 Object; 17 Stain; 20 Nice.