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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. Somehow knit cogs into garment (8)

5. Morning, doctor! These are found in rounds (4)

9. Language some Kurd uses (4)

10. Nurse, in a muddle over the date, was present (8)

11. 5-1 and it’s all over for the football team (5)

12. Come to understand lies are awful (7)

13. Unwanted possession of a rare animal (5,8)

18. Gin or ale can be ordered at the local (8)

19. Partly wild party or gymnastic exhibition (4)

20. Minotaur-killer brought the things here to us (7)

21. Steel produced in the snow and rain (5)

22. Furniture item some craftsman made skilfully (4)

23. Guess I’m in the class (8)

Down

2. Spoil the sailor with a broken shin (7)

3. A brilliant stroke allowed in poetry (7)

4. Can Ursula set a new examination to establish how he died (7,6)

6. Forced the terrorists to gather near Morocco (7)

7. Strange people get a letter concerning a scrap (7)

8. Somehow came quietly after first deciding to abscond (6)

13. The least successful journalist’s yarn (7)

14. Singer’s awful entrance (7)

15. Penelope didn’t hide but ran off to marry (6)

16. Home Office breaks the mould in search for a gangster (7)

17. Ten GLC members reassemble without a note of disregard (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Preserve (8)

5. Difficult (4)

9. Thin (4)

10. Loans (8)

11. Prepared (5)

12. Confidential (7)

13. Unprogressive (5-2-3-3)

18. Took ill (8)

19. Pitcher (4)

20. Clear (7)

21. Beneath (5)

22. Attention (4)

23. Monocle (8)

Down

2. Malady (7)

3. Wandering (7)

4. On one’s own (13)

6. Applause (7)

7. Bloat (7)

8. Disappear (6)

13. Shriek (7)

14. Animate (7)

15. Dog-house (6)

16. Everlasting (7)

17. Vain (7)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Amount; 4 Breath; 9 Queer goings on; 10 Inanely; 11 Homer; 12 False; 14 Crack; 18 Lucre; 19 Decimal; 21 Counter-attack; 22 Dating; 23 Shades.

Down: 1 Acquit; 2 Open an account; 3 Nurse; 5 Rancher; 6 Assume command; 7 Hungry; 8 Polyp; 13 Sweeten; 15 Placid; 16 Adore; 17 Slakes; 20 Catch.

QUICK

Across: 1 Embody; 4 Cancel; 9 Flying colours; 10 Consent; 11 Waste; 12 Amiss; 14 Idiot; 18 Trade; 19 In haste; 21 Round and round; 22 Poetry; 23 Prayer.

Down: 1 Effect; 2 Beyond measure; 3 Dance; 5 Allowed; 6 Course of study; 7 Lessen; 8 Acute; 13 Slender; 15 Stir up; 16 Fiend; 17 Feeder; 20 Hirer.