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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. Work preparing soup (4)

8. Why three make no company? (3,3,4)

9. Join together to get man and wife out of bed? (6,2)

10. Price increase is taken in again (4)

12. Violent tale about mutiny leader (6)

14. Pick the French in a religious group (6)

15. Wasn’t on target when addressed as a spinster (6)

17. One is included in schemes for flat country (6)

18. Part-song engendering mirth (4)

19. Predict broken core will have firm outside (8)

21. Maybe pet fable is quite incredible (4,6)

22. Dandies find ordinary people smug initially (4

Down

2. Stood in the dock until op-art composition sorted out (3,2,5)

3. Cleanser that can change the face of opera? (4)

4. Simply the first person to trust (6)

5. Sue cop for smashing cars! (6)

6. It encourages a put-up job when it rains (8)

7. Sort of university, perhaps (4)

11. Mistake isn’t the first the fielder makes (6,4)

13. Paying them involves a polite visit (8)

16. Disagree if Fred goes round in a turmoil (6)

17. Leaving nothing out, steal roof-beam (6)

18. Stare open-mouthed at green-headed primate (4)

20. A blow on the wrist? (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Beside (4)

8. Insufficiency (10)

9. Oust (8)

10. Cloak (4)

12. Individual (6)

14. Rises (6)

15. Cosmetics (4-2)

17. Fold (6)

18. Fairy (4)

19. Tough (8)

21. Felon (10)

22. Vat (4)

Down

2. Burn (10)

3. Incline (4)

4. Craze (6)

5. Alcove (6)

6. Buy (8)

7. Kind (4)

11. Walker (10)

13. Sample (8)

16. Column (6)

17. Artful (6)

18. Splendour (4)

20. Injure (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Usury; 8 Landing; 9 Morsels; 10 Upset; 12 Trade route; 15 Nail polish; 18 Rites; 19 Garnets; 21 Contest; 22 Aisle.

Down: 1 Submariner; 2 Guard; 3 Byre; 4 Closed; 5 Inquires; 6 Dies out; 11 Trespasses; 13 Ripostes; 14 Listing; 16 Lights; 17 Gesso; 20 Rear.

QUICK

Across: 7 Ocean; 8 Iterate; 9 Inertia; 10 Climb; 12 Profligate; 15 Unassuming; 18 Equal; 19 Shrivel; 21 Janitor; 22 Genus.

Down: 1 Solicitude; 2 Lever; 3 Unit; 4 Pilaff; 5 Reaction; 6 Habitat; 11 Breathless; 13 Resolute; 14 Calumny; 16 Misery; 17 Event; 20 Rage.