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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. Spaniards on the university staff (4)

8. Assembly that puts fellows in partial disarray (10)

9. Nevertheless she’s a member of the fair sex (8)

10. The French way to survive (4)

12. Everybody interrupting deplorable song (6)

14. Takes off for an excursion in the vessel (6)

15. Says tastes differ (6)

17. Leave a great deal of waste (6)

18. To sing after this request is enjoyable (4)

19. Repudiate Diana’s insurance demand (8)

21. You’ll need a taxi in case there’s heavy luggage (5,5)

22. The last character to break up a generation in the Old Testament (4)

Down

2. A feature of the Victorian room above the gas-fitting, we hear (10)

3. Part of a bridge nine inches long (4)

4. Packed into a box car, maybe, with Edward (6)

5. Strive to break the fasteners (6)

6. What the beggar does could be simple or involved (8)

7. Leave it in the waste tip (4)

11. Excellent face-saving device for the foreman (10)

13. Playful philanderer left before Horatio got upset (8)

16. To quieten down when badly teased (6)

17. In the event, the record is given to you and me (6)

18. Nibble a quantity of grain (4)

20. Enjoy showing a resemblance (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Leap (4)

8. Duty (10)

9. Comic (8)

10. Infant (4)

12. Spirit (6)

14. Nuclear (6)

15. Meal (6)

17. Pride (6)

18. Tie (4)

19. Unsafe (8)

21. Fortress (10)

22. Simple (4)

Down

2. Unexpected (10)

3. Prod (4)

4. Floodgate (6)

5. Schedule (6)

6. Unyielding (8)

7. Jealousy (4)

11. Violent (10)

13. Pulling (8)

16. Pang (6)

17. Sight (6)

18. Touch lightly (4)

20. Cipher (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Rolls; 8 Ebbtide; 9 Stuarts; 10 Optic; 12 Stonemason; 15 Tolerantly; 18 Santa; 19 Tillers; 21 Console; 22 Satin.

Down: 1 Prospectus; 2 Claus; 3 Tsar; 4 Lessen; 5 Abnormal; 6 Fittest; 11 Conversant; 13 Tarragon; 14 Planing; 16 Netted; 17 Lento; 20 Last.

QUICK

Across: 7 Obese; 8 Thirsty; 9 Vitriol; 10 Dirge; 12 Changeable; 15 Antagonise; 18 Tiara; 19 Gallant; 21 Netball; 22 River.

Down: 1 Conversant; 2 Heats; 3 Semi; 4 Stolen; 5 Kindness; 6 Ascribe; 11 Elementary; 13 Hogmanay; 14 Straits; 16 Niggle; 17 Waive; 20 Lord.