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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. Come to a hill (6)

4. Bather in difficulty may get out of it (6)

9. We don’t know what to make of these unusual stage entrances (5,6,2)

10. Foolishly altering any line that’s not straight (7)

11. Poet who makes a big hit in American sport (5)

12. A self-deceptive arrangement (5)

14. First-rate report (5)

18. Money is a bait that catches many (5)

19. There’s some point in this system (7)

21. Reverse the charge? (7-6)

22. Saying when? (6)

23. Ghostly colours? (6)

Down

1. Free of charge? (6)

2. Start relating what a would-be saver should do (4,2,7)

3. Deal with someone with a complaint (5)

5. The US stock market may depend on him (7)

6. Take the lead for granted? (6,7)

7. Empty article from a country (6)

8. Sea creature in a game of monopoly perhaps (5)

13. Free from bitterness (7)

15. Serene number in tartan (6)

16. Love to make an entrance, we hear (5)

17. Putting water into the ship extinguishes the fire (6)

20. Type of song not to miss? (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Incorporate (6)

4. Expunge (6)

9. Eclat (6,7)

10. Agree (7)

11. Refuse (5)

12. Wrong (5)

14. Fool (5)

18. Commerce (5)

19. Hurriedly (2,5)

21. Rotating (5,3,5)

22. Verse (6)

23. Entreaty (6)

Down

1. Consequence (6)

2. Excessively (6,7)

3. Ball (5)

5. Permitted (7)

6. Curriculum (6,2,5)

7. Diminish (6)

8. Sharp (5)

13. Slim (7)

15. Rouse (4,2)

16. Devil (5)

17. Bib (6)

20. Renter (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 4 Belgian; 8 Cellar; 9 Sheared; 10 Unveil; 11 Rental; 12 Particle; 18 Relation; 20 Borneo; 21 Curate; 22 Bargain; 23 Recede; 24 Married.

Down: 1 Scrumpy; 2 Clovers; 3 Tahiti; 5 Ethereal; 6 Granny; 7 Apeman; 13 Caroline; 14 Pirates; 15 Angered; 16 Sonata; 17 Onager; 19 Amused.

QUICK

Across: 4 Gradual; 8 Annual; 9 Applaud; 10 Nearly; 11 Rather; 12 Apparent; 18 Pretence; 20 Recede; 21 Street; 22 Granite; 23 Geyser; 24 Prelude.

Down: 1 Gainsay; 2 Unhappy; 3 Sailor; 5 Repartee; 6 Dilute; 7 Amulet; 13 Expected; 14 Incense; 15 Perturb; 16 Dearer; 17 Kennel; 19 Titles.