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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. The practice of making advances that produces considerable interest (5)

8. What air passengers are doing between one flight and another! (7)

9. A thousand or less broken into pieces (7)

10. To disarrange top row of dentures? (5)

12. One of the ways of commerce (5,5)

15. Cosmetic preparation could make Lilian posh! (4,6)

18. Tries to reform clerical observances (5)

19. Unusually strange stones (7)

21. The first of the criminals on trial to question the facts (7)

22. Bridal path (5)

Down

1. Underseaman (10)

2. See 20 Down

3. We hear he’s willing to provide the money for the farm building (4)

4. Before the start of devotions, the cathedral precinct is locked up (6)

5. Asks how stationery is sold (8)

6. Poor side away from home becomes extinct (4,3)

11. Makes an unlawful entry, so the health resort has locks all round (10)

13. So priest is upset by smart answers (8)

14. Showing an inclination for making an inventory (7)

16. Clues for offal (6)

17. Plaster surface seen in passages sometimes (5)

20 And 2 Down. Watch at the back (4-5)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Sea (5)

8. Repeat (7)

9. Indolence (7)

10. Ascend (5)

12. Dissolute (10)

15. Modest (10)

18. Level (5)

19. Wrinkle (7)

21. Caretaker (7)

22. Species (5)

Down

1. Anxiety (10)

2. Prise (5)

3. Component (4)

4. Rice dish (6)

5. Response (8)

6. Natural home (7)

11. Panting (10)

13. Determined (8)

14. Slander (7)

16. Unhappiness (6)

17. Occurrence (5)

20. Fury (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Confirmed; 8 Bid; 9 Glassy stare; 11 Making a; 12 Gorge; 13 Crowds; 15 States; 17 Islet; 18 Heinous; 20 Doubtlessly; 22 Sag; 23 Spokesmen.

Down: 2 Owl; 3 Ibsen; 4 Mishap; 5 Draught; 6 Aberrations; 7 Addresses; 10 Acknowledge; 11 Machinist; 14 Detours; 16 Ghetto; 19 Irene; 21 Lee.

QUICK

Across: 1 Slaughter; 8 Van; 9 Responsible; 11 Diocese; 12 Idler; 13 Cattle; 15 Chaste; 17 Miner; 18 Imagine; 20 Overwrought; 22 Sou; 23 Termagant.

Down: 2 Lie; 3 Globe; 4 Tassel; 5 Rubbish; 6 Everlasting; 7 Intervene; 10 Spontaneous; 11 Decompose; 14 Largest; 16 Viewer; 19 Aroma; 21 Hen.