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Choice of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

ACROSS

1. ---------- Challenge, quiz show for bright students (10)

7. Unsuitable material is usually ------- from TV programmes (7)

8. ----- Lunch, a successful 1990s Channel 4 show (5)

10. ‘Officers’ like Sergeant Wilson and Corporal Jones (3-4)

11. Tim Healy starred in BBC’s -----burn Hotel (5)

12. Irritable, like Victor Meldrew (6)

15. If we don’t like it, we can always ------ off (6)

17. Who will create the ----- (perfect) programme, that pleases all? (5)

18. Downmarket Italian dish, as viewed by upmarket TV chefs (7)

21. La -----, Milan theatre where grand opera has been televised (5)

22. TV historians have shown the ------- (surviving elements) of ancient civilisations (7)

23. She played the matron, in ITV’s The Royal (5,5)

DOWN

1. Any such trade association with a grievance likes to get TV coverage to air it (5)

2. This part of the show contains opening music and credits (5)

3. Vanessa Redgrave CBE is Michael’s ------ child (6)

4. Showy skater’s jump, named for its creator (7)

5. Long running series featuring Glasgow CID (7)

6. Upstairs ---------- (10)

9. Alan, doyen of TV gardening experts (10)

13. DEF II was an 1980s/1990s BBC show for the ------- and young 20s age groups (7)

14. Jeffrey, a star of Oh! Dr Beeching (7)

16. Dawn French played a female one in The Vicar Of Dibley (6)

19. TV news featured the fact that this Pacific island state was skipping a day to move over the dateline (5)

20. ----- For A Song, antiques programme with Eric Knowles (5)

QUICK

ACROSS

1. Student’s allowance (5)

4. Review (5-2)

8. Clumsy (7)

9. Mountaineer’s spike (5)

10. Extinct bird (4)

11. Everyday (8)

13. Fine lustrous fibre (4)

14. Very small (4)

16. Lack of movement (8)

17. Leave out (4)

20. Book (5)

21. Pasta dish (7)

22. East Indian sailors (7)

23. Being mendacious (5)

DOWN

1. Famous horserace (5,8)

2. Enquired (5)

3. Snare (4)

4. Long waterproof boots (6)

5. Not fully stated (8)

6. Inlet of the sea (7)

7. Old bicycle (5-8)

12. Small fleet (8)

13. Neckwear items (7)

15. Woos (6)

18. New Zealand native (5)

19. Egg-shaped (4)

Last week’s solutions

QUICK

Across: 1. Supernatural; 7 Sides; 8 Bravo; 9 Toe; 10 Dissenter; 11 Inform; 12 Slalom; 15 Heaviness; 17 Oar; 18 Eying; 19 Exile; 21 Run-of-the-mill

Down: 1. Short-sighted; 2 Red; 3 Assess; 4 Umbrellas; 5 Apart; 6 Court martial; 7 Shelf; 10 Derring-do; 13 Loose; 14 Recent; 16 Adieu; 20 Ice.

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Eddie Izzard; 9 Largest; 10 Naomi; 11 Any; 13 Cash; 16 Vial; 17 Exudes; 18 Mean; 20 Grab; 21 Helena; 22 Road; 23 Penn; 25 ASH; 28 Opted; 29 Examine; 30 Grand Design.

Down: 2 Dares; 3 Iced; 4 Iota; 5 Zany; 6 Roomier; 7 Black Mirror; 8 Billy Bunter; 12 Needed; 14 Hen; 15 Queens; 19 Adapter; 20 Gap; 24 Ewing; 25 A den; 26 Head; 27 Fans.