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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. Success of pigheaded idiot when 17? (4)

3. Cadet due to be taught (8)

8. Nothing by the writer is freely available (4)

9. Four lame generalised statements in symbols (8)

11. At which joint minutes are taken? (5,7)

13. Bank employee who doesn’t respect confidentiality? (6)

14. Like US president’s residence after cleaning? (6)

17. Try out player in international match? (3,2,3,4)

20. I get mail showing how old one should be (3,5)

21. Ones in suits (4)

22. Drives back less pure in disorder (8)

23. Not so much for the French on the ship (4)

Down

1. They are made in multiplying numbers (8)

2. This place is out of the ordinary (7)

4. Doctor has fallen for herdsman (6)

5. Accept directions to approach cad? (4,2,4)

6. Claw, in fact a long one (5)

7. Made attractive sketches? (4)

10. Subordinate court action, being 17? (5,5)

12. Demos in favour of examinations, perhaps (8)

15. Let care be used in preparing sticky sweetener (7)

16. Industrial action resulting in a flare-up? (6)

18. Exhaust because consumption has risen? (3,2)

19. Just article in tree (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Twilight (4)

3. Small portion (8)

8. Anon (4)

9. Beginning (8)

11. Matchless (12)

13. Visitor (6)

14. Rub (6)

17. Inauspicious (12)

20. Originate (8)

21. Eye inflammation (4)

22. Sham (8)

23. Summons (4)

Down

1. Unmistakable (8)

2. Emotionless (7)

4. Real (6)

5. Shabby (10)

6. Cool (5)

7. Rim (4)

10. Obligatory (10)

12. Intense (8)

15. Referee (7)

16. Lyrical (6)

18. Artless (5)

19. Hobble (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Blameworthy; 9 Observe; 10 Rhyme; 11 Koran; 12 Torrent; 13 Others; 15 Landau; 18 Warmest; 20 Grieg; 22 Roles; 23 Yule log; 24 Friend or foe.

Down: 2 Laser; 3 Mariner; 4 Wreath; 5 Rarer; 6 Hayseed; 7 Look for work; 8 Left luggage; 14 Hurdler; 16 Angular; 17 Stayed; 19 Ensue; 21 Igloo.

QUICK

Across: 1 Domesticate; 9 Necktie; 10 Above; 11 Terse; 12 Tremble; 13 Exists; 15 Assess; 18 Traipse; 20 Asset; 22 Voice; 23 Eminent; 24 Intelligent.

Down: 2 Occur; 3 Entreat; 4 Treaty; 5 Chase; 6 Trouble; 7 Inattentive; 8 Necessitate; 14 Iranian; 16 Sparing; 17 Reveal; 19 Piece; 21 Stern.