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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. Place for briefs and suits (5,2,3)

7. Attempted in the above? (5)

8. See post being created for female writer (7)

10. Sets here could be the finest (8)

11. Quiet tune for the couple (4)

13. Go back in the general retreat (6)

15. My rise could spell unhappiness (6)

17. Sour pastry confection (4)

18. Planes skilled pilots have? (8)

21. It’s needed when a man gets a telephone call (7)

22. Dismayed to be leading for part of the match (5)

23. Right in the middle of the cemetery (4,6)

Down

1. Cold-sounding country (5)

2. Due anger, perhaps, when too young (5,3)

3. Key worker in an office? (6)

4. Loud Communist man (4)

5. Mean to state number of years (7)

6. With difficulty on the water? (2,1,7)

9. Apologetic nation in poor condition (5,5)

12. Ignore the reduction (8)

14. Ran back at speed to tell a story (7)

16. Forty five and not yet married? (6)

19. Ale is spilt in the passageway (5)

20. Generous type (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Glasses (10)

7. Depart (5)

8. Feeble man (7)

10. Authorise (8)

11. Nought (4)

13. Disregard (6)

15. Nook (6)

17. A jot (4)

18. Unit of weight (8)

21. Sweetheart (7)

22. Silly (5)

23. Dramatist (10)

Down

1. European country (5)

2. Voters (8)

3. Drum (3-3)

4. Young male horse (4)

5. Oriental (7)

6. Secret (10)

9. Computer worker (10)

12. Driving (8)

14. Not man-made (7)

16. Vocalist (6)

19. Respond (5)

20. Minute (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Seven-year itch; 8 Educated; 9 Noel; 10 Rinsed; 12 Nicest; 14 Agenda; 16 Lascar; 18 Edit; 20 Lent lily; 22 Driven to drink.

Down: 1 Needling; 2 Reacts; 3 Eyot; 4 Cardinal; 5 Picnic; 6 Acme; 11 Deadline; 13 Starling; 15 Native; 17 Salary; 19 Dark; 21 Noon.

QUICK

Across: 7 Dishonourable; 8 Sediment; 9 Type; 10 Silent; 12 Bleach; 14 Tender; 16 Enmity; 18 Noon; 20 Strength; 22 Determination.

Down: 1 Lifelike; 2 Thrive; 3 Once; 4 Suitable; 5 Cattle; 6 Slip; 11 Tiresome; 13 Citation; 15 Donkey; 17 Minute; 19 Over; 21 Rung.