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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. I managed to find a Middle-Eastern country (4)

3. Refinements of pleasant neckwear (8)

9. Imitate start of flight (4,3)

10. Possibly red-hot game (5)

11. Found again record finished in a rush (12)

13. Doesn’t sit in order to get a seat? (6)

15. An attendant in stable employment? (6)

17. Site of drilling? (6,6)

20. Season, say, with a herb (5)

21. The list shows a national emblem (7)

22. Urgent ironing? (8)

23. Wager about a defeat (4)

Down

1. Fascinate with improvements to capital? (8)

2. Popped the question when invited (5)

4. Return from the sea with fin low, perhaps (6)

5. It doesn’t stop much for former media attendants (7,5)

6. Container for what cannot be kept in a pen? (7)

7. The kind looked for, say (4)

8. Possibly less road here for certain traders (5,7)

12. Inclination I granted, perhaps (8)

14. Make a detailed study of any sale, somehow (7)

16. Thrashed when defeated (6)

18. Free to unite, possibly (5)

19. Halt the return of cooking utensils (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Church recess (4)

3. Sheath (8)

9. Taste (7)

10. Royal (5)

11. Inauspicious (12)

13. Snuggle (6)

15. Scant (6)

17. Completion (12)

20. Period (5)

21. Stir (7)

22. Hesitant (8)

23. Muddle (4)

Down

1. Rich (8)

2. Rod (5)

4. Travelling show (6)

5. Administrative (12)

6. Cornered (7)

7. Boring (4)

8. Recovering (12)

12. Paltriness (8)

14. Unfeeling (7)

16. Damage (6)

18. Angry (5)

19. Bitter (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 6 Potters; 7 Ducat; 9 Cedar; 10 Hessian; 12 Unpalatable; 14 Wensleydale; 18 Senator; 19 Steak; 21 Tenet; 22 Garnish.

Down: 1 Comet; 2 Strain; 3 Arm; 4 Russia; 5 Capable; 8 Rewards; 11 Cameron; 13 Severed; 15 Scares; 16 Latent; 17 Marsh; 20 Can.

QUICK

Across: 6 Startle; 7 Denim; 9 Suave; 10 Faculty; 12 Influential; 14 Subservient; 18 Canasta; 19 Stick; 21 Clock; 22 Scarlet.

Down: 1 Stout; 2 Craven; 3 Ale; 4 Result; 5 Mistral; 8 Javelin; 11 Clarity; 13 Durable; 15 Stance; 16 Nature; 17 Screw; 20 Act.