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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. No fiction in the start of the first act (4)

3. Boasts about small tails? (8)

9. Artist giving six oil works for food (7)

10. Beginning to alter notes (5)

11. He maintains a small opening behind the stumps (12)

13. Part of a river quiet during incursions (6)

15. Girl meeting another girl over in Austrian city (6)

17. Book of EEC policy and translation (12)

20. Oddly-numbered pages in the phone directory? (5)

21. Most are upset by distinguished musician (7)

22. Possibly lack bite as formal dress (5,3)

23. Need a change? This is paradise! (4)

Down

1. A rocket for investigating arson? (8)

2. About four in charge of the citizens (5)

4. Drink like an egg-beater? (6)

5. They can be hair-raising! (5,7)

6. Terribly earnest Oriental (7)

7. Location for a spectacle, say? (4)

8. OK ad somebody created for a land survey (8,4)

12. Biscuit showing a vehicle in a far-off place (8)

14. A canape prepared as a cure-all (7)

16. Graduates of London University in the main, perhaps? (6)

18. Taken out, being old-fashioned (5)

19. Insect larva as food (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Deceased (4)

3. Wary (8)

9. Warrior (7)

10. Speak (5)

11. Expectancy (12)

13. Nook (6)

15. Jail (6)

17. Exorbitant (12)

20. Smell (5)

21. Disagree (7)

22. Overcame (8)

23. Remain (4)

Down

1. Remoteness (8)

2. Distribute (5)

4. Sudden (6)

5. Equilibrium (12)

6. Foolish (7)

7. Entice (4)

8. Dejected (12)

12. Lineage (8)

14. Worried (7)

16. Heavy food (6)

18. Vigilant (5)

19. Serene (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 6 Ignored; 7 Ambit; 9 Index; 10 Sheared; 12 Mystery tour; 14 Minute waltz; 18 Autopsy; 19 Fence; 21 Keith; 22 Residue.

Down: 1 Agent; 2 Comedy; 3 Ken; 4 Impact; 5 Hideous; 8 Thermal; 11 Atheist; 13 Minutes; 15 U-boats; 16 Thesis; 17 Scout; 20 Set.;

QUICK

Across: 6 Acquire; 7 Churn; 9 Brave; 10 Quarter; 12 Brotherhood; 14 Countenance; 18 Askance; 19 Virus; 21 Ankle; 22 Expunge.

Down: 1 Scorn; 2 Quiver; 3 Ire; 4 Church; 5 Freedom; 8 Funeral; 11 Stretch; 13 Consent; 15 Nearly; 16 Clique; 17 Lungs; 20 Axe.