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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. Testimony of the French in show (8)

5. A police department that’s sour (4)

9. Woeful cry from a girl, say (4)

10. False encouragement before credit notes (8)

11. Dog that is famous in science (5)

12. Accident-prone excursionist (7)

13. Do they also cater for private customers? (7,6)

18. Acquitted the seaman having found the right answer (8)

19. He won’t go out with his workmates (4)

20. Stepped back around a person sleeping (7)

21. Box to trace out (5)

22. Title of pantomime? (4)

23. Bearing gifts, say? (8)

Down

2. Its meals are late! (7)

3. Undeterred by P.E. diets, perhaps? (7)

4. A first-class landlord? (7,6)

6. Guillotine a barber? (7)

7. Just arid areas? (7)

8. A model employer? (6)

13. Given protection, being cautious (7)

14. Rum’s not used to make patent medicine (7)

15. Put in charge again? (6)

16. Watch the old boy put the ball in play (7)

17. Flexible material, though not the laciest! (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Obscure (8)

5. Rushed (4)

9. Hairless (4)

10. Hesitant (8)

11. Principal (5)

12. Trickle (7)

13. Awareness (13)

18. Ordered (8)

19. Cudgel (4)

20. Annul (7)

21. Shelf (5)

22. Otherwise (4)

23. Exchange (8)

Down

2. Swagger (7)

3. Irksome (7)

4. Show unity (5,8)

6. Docile (7)

7. Diverge (7)

8. Negligent (6)

13. Mime (7)

14. Apprehensive (7)

15. Frank (6)

16. Kernel (7)

17. Nestle (7)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Arcane; 4 Temper; 9 Grand National; 10 Salerno; 11 Rayon; 12 Asset; 14 Cache; 18 Tramp; 19 Aerosol; 21 New South Wales; 22 Donate; 23 Trusts.

Down: 1 August; 2 Charles Darwin; 3 Nadir; 5 Eritrea; 6 Penny whistles; 7 Relent; 8 Manor; 13 Exploit; 15 Stoned; 16 Warts; 17 Clasps; 20 Rower.

QUICK

Across: 1 Stifle; 4 Finish; 9 Lackadaisical; 10 Convert; 11 Lunge; 12 Defer; 14 Crypt; 18 Recur; 19 Topical; 21 Sanctimonious; 22 Drench; 23 Whisky.

Down: 1 Select; 2 Incandescence; 3 Leave; 5 Insular; 6 Inconspicuous; 7 Helped; 8 Paste; 13 Erratic; 15 Prised; 16 Stump; 17 Glossy; 20 Punch.