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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

7. Imagine homes with large screens at the front (7-6)

8. Precise account written by young priest (8)

9. Quickly showing how the glue should hold (4)

10. Daily decline (6)

12. This girl is in dreadful need (6)

14. This will fasten untidy pleats (6)

16. Murder mother for the estate! (6)

18. Biblical character with some potential, we hear (4)

20. Song composed about the present time (8)

22. An attractive device in current use (7-6)

DOWN

1. Pay no attention to the rebate (8)

2. Toss up for these vessels! (6)

3. This measures the extent of a region (4)

4. Provided cover and held side together! (8)

5. Makin’ a mess of the tea-cake (6)

6. Freezes the price of wooden stakes (4)

11. Valued possessions will make a change of rate certain (8)

13. Superficial description of beauty (4-4)

15. Fine building where a friend is put on the spot (6)

17. To be in charge will make a fellow grow old (6)

19. The beak is a kind of hook (4)

21. In the winter I’m expecting frost (4)

QUICK PUZZLE

ACROSS

7. Transformation (13)

8. Remoteness (8)

9. Ashen (4)

10. Song-bird (6)

12. Salvo (6)

14. Yearly (6)

16. Association (6)

18. Fashionable (4)

20. Stiffness (8)

22. Paltry (13)

DOWN

1. Verdict (8)

2. Tie (6)

3. Grain (4)

4. Earthquake (8)

5. Coerce (6)

6. Account (4)

11. Forbearing (8)

13. Jubilant (8)

15. Gamin (6)

17. Kidnap (6)

19. Sharpen (4)

21. Present (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Idea; 8 Pull a punch; 9 Calendar; 10 Oust; 12 Chaste; 14 Little; 15 Denote; 17 Shanty; 18 Stag; 19 Stood out; 21 Step by step; 22 Site. Down: 2 Detachment; 3 Apse; 4 Pledge; 5 Patrol; 6 Cup of tea; 7 Shut; 11 Self-taught; 13 Stop-gaps; 16 Essays; 17 Shorts; 18 So-so; 20 Dips.

QUICK - Across: 1 Epic; 8 Exasperate; 9 Rejected; 10 Sham; 12 Stingy; 14 Stigma; 15 Kismet; 17 Augury; 18 Anon; 19 Entreaty; 21 Subterfuge; 22 Rant. Down: 2 Pedestrian; 3 Cede; 4 Paltry; 5 Spades; 6 Dressing; 7 Seem; 11 Admiration; 13 Nominate; 16 Theory; 17 Artful; 18 Also; 20 Ewer