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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

3. Reproduce an appropriate entrance, I hear (9)

8. Flat excavations (4)

9. Hurrying to get the gins an’ mixers (9)

10. Raid in the street (6)

11. A wanderer? On the contrary, insane (5)

14. A sense of spectacle (5)

15. Incline towards being thin (4)

16. Help for Northern Ireland gets misdirected to Asia (5)

18. A pledge made in the boathouse (4)

20. Knock over the firelighter (5)

21. Agree about being keen (5)

24. Choose the best (6)

25. Complete dismissal of a cockney’s charity (3-3-3)

26. Examine love of prohibition (4)

27. Medical man consumed to a higher degree (9)

Down

1. Access to a confession (9)

2. Sum needed to get garage built (9)

4. Study article carried by Communist (4)

5. An area of occupation (5)

6. Angel I found to be pleasant (6)

7. Nurse in attendance (4)

9. Leaders having an interesting time in a Caribbean republic (5)

11. Drain out at the lowest point (5)

12. Handed over an organ indeed (9)

13. Rising prices discovered by Ian in loft conversion (9)

17. An impasse, too, could involve an advantage (5)

19. Have not heard of a Hampshire town (6)

22. The Spanish and the German are senior (5)

23. Writer Victor shows love after an embrace (4)

24. Fit costume (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

3. Dare (9)

8. Vanquish (4)

9. Sue (9)

10. Character (6)

11. Curt (5)

14. Forefinger (5)

15. Flank (4)

16. Youthful (5)

18. Page (4)

20. Speak (5)

21. Artless (5)

24. Recess (6)

25. Gladly (9)

26. Sensible (4)

27. Save (9)

Down

1. Maxim (9)

2. Curator (9)

4. Charter (4)

5. Beam (5)

6. Shun (6)

7. Entrance (4)

9. Deputy (5)

11. Beast (5)

12. Invented (9)

13. Injured (9)

17. Ravine (5)

19. Dropped (6)

22. Poison (5)

23. Record (4)

24. Charity (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Ruth; 3 Together; 8 Team; 9 Platonic; 11 Oxford Circus; 13 Accent; 14 Castle; 17 Pay attention; 20 National; 21 Less; 22 Garotted; 23 Stud.

Down: 1 Rational; 2 Traffic; 4 O’clock; 5 Entertains; 6 Hindu; 7 Rich; 10 Bring about; 12 Red-nosed; 15 Trident; 16 Strafe; 18 Actor; 19 Snug.

QUICK

Across: 1 Face; 3 Sprinkle; 8 Gale; 9 Sonorous; 11 Transcendent; 13 Veered; 14 Inhale; 17 Presumptuous; 20 Intrepid; 21 Comb; 22 Frontier; 23 Byre.

Down: 1 Fugitive; 2 Collate; 4 Phoney; 5 Inordinate; 6 Known; 7 Else; 10 Assessment; 12 Feasible; 15 Apology; 16 Umpire; 18 Ratio; 19 Tiff.