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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. Correct position could make copper paler! (6,5)

9. Hint at the end? (3)

10. Wayward saint seen to be without feeling (9)

11. Tree pigheadedly swallowed by masculine type ... (5)

13. ... as giant could be in opposition (7)

14. Abandon a wilderness (6)

16. Bog or aggregation of things outside (6)

18. Can I be likely to inspire affection? (7)

19. Room from which loans may be obtained (5)

20. Real idiot compiled leading article (9)

21. A striking piece of equipment in the billiard-room (3)

22. Be still, doing nothing, but buy everybody a drink (5,1,5)

Down

2. Suitable epitaph for a libertine? (3)

3. What the king of beasts feels for his group? (5)

4. A rogue entering the war as calm as can be (6)

5. Go on - lag reformed some time back? (4,3)

6. Armour links with the post? (5,4)

7. He depends on the post indirectly for his livelihood (5,6)

8. Torn apart by tenant’s payment shown below (4,7)

12. He sees no hope for spies confused by fog (9)

15. One may do it after a shower or before putting a coat on (3,4)

17. Part of the eye near it, perhaps (6)

19. Volley of colossal volume (5)

21. Is able to preserve (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Paunch (11)

9. Aged (3)

10. Widespread (9)

11. Experiences (5)

13. Reconstruct (7)

14. Deny (6)

16. Particular (6)

18. Varnish (7)

19. Manifest (5)

20. Niggard (9)

21. Regret (3)

22. Mortal foe (6,5)

Down

2. Strange (3)

3. Squeeze (5)

4. Withdraw (6)

5. Logical (7)

6. Bring about (9)

7. Dreary (11)

8. Correspond (4,1,6)

12. Striking (9)

15. Crammed (7)

17. Clever (6)

19. Frequently (5)

21. Edge (3)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Dill; 3 Misplace; 9 Accepts; 10 On tap; 11 Belligerence; 13 Alight; 15 At rest; 17 Keep your head; 20 Extra; 21 Erosion; 22 Platoons; 23 Bats.

Down: 1 Dead-beat; 2 Local; 4 Instep; 5 Property room; 6 Article; 7 Espy; 8 Upright piano; 12 Students; 14 Inertia; 16 Poteen; 18 Erica; 19 Heap.

QUICK

Across: 1 Road; 3 Conflict; 9 Cabinet; 10 Impel; 11 Compensation; 13 Encamp; 15 Severe; 17 Headquarters; 20 Extra; 21 Sweeten; 22 Formerly; 23 Oral.

Down: 1 Ricochet; 2 Album; 4 Obtuse; 5 Faint-hearted; 6 Implore; 7 Talk; 8 Intermediate; 12 Personal; 14 Creator; 16 Mussel; 18 Enter; 19 Deaf.