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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. Warned Liszt about this country (11)

9. Otherwise the wise men return with one oriental art (7)

10. Russian writer dancing with a student (5)

11. Girl’s company nightclub (5)

12. Cocktail, but not a Black Russian (7)

13. Overtook and succeeded in driving test (6)

15. Excellent agent in bus coming back (6)

18. Ira came from here! (7)

20. And no change for the girl (5)

22. Let ox out with praise (5)

23. Continental like one with a nervous twitch (7)

24. Surfing leap made in the Middle East (7,4)

Down

2. They may be served after breaking a wrist (5)

3. Charlady seen in the garden? (3,4)

4. Puzzle out in game (6)

5. It’s lawful for the French prisoner to return (5)

6. Short nightdress (7)

7. Paternoster for MCC members? (5,6)

8. I love to tidy up the office as a peace offering (5,6)

14. Respect new staff (7)

16. Ruin the opening? (7)

17. Country hat (6)

19. Some of these sound silly! (5)

21. Of birth in South Africa (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Focus (11)

9. Survive (7)

10. Temptress (5)

11. Giant (5)

12. Terse (7)

13. Changeable (6)

15. Stress (6)

18. Sure (7)

20. Danger (5)

22. Coach (5)

23. Pariah (7)

24. Suppleness (11)

Down

2. Group of eight (5)

3. Duct (7)

4. Observe (6)

5. Mounted (5)

6. Motor (7)

7. Act pompously (11)

8. Barrenness (11)

14. Shorten (7)

16. Finance (7)

17. Inter (6)

19. Additional building (5)

21. Respond (5)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Evidence; 5 Acid; 9 Alas; 10 Spurious; 11 Curie; 12 Tripper; 13 General stores; 18 Absolved; 19 Scab; 20 Dormant; 21 Crate; 22 Dame; 23 Presence.

Down: 2 Vulture; 3 Despite; 4 Capital letter; 6 Cropper; 7 Deserts; 8 Artist; 13 Guarded; 14 Nostrum; 15 Reload; 16 Observe; 17 Elastic.

QUICK

Across: 1 Abstruse; 5 Sped; 9 Bald; 10 Wavering; 11 Major; 12 Dribble; 13 Consciousness; 18 Arranged; 19 Club; 20 Abolish; 21 Ledge; 22 Else; 23 Transfer.

Down: 2 Bravado; 3 Tedious; 4 Stand together; 6 Pliable; 7 Digress; 8 Remiss; 13 Charade; 14 Nervous; 15 Candid; 16 Nucleus; 17 Snuggle.