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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. Fruit for mother and child (6)

4. With which one can count a hundred in a coach (6)

9. Venture to head for the water (4,3,6)

10. Men seen around the Spanish shrines (7)

11. She could be No. 1 Daughter of Tantalus (5)

12. See 3 Down

14. Guys will secure these accommodation units (5)

18. It’s a problem for one ready to appear in the picture (5)

19. The sweet content of various courses (7)

21. Charge that’s been blown-up (8,5)

22. Threaten to go out to a place of social degradation (6)

23. Loud tales inaccurately describing a celebration (6)

Down

1. Become aloof from the cad, maybe (6)

2. What inefficient builders constructing an army canteen do! (4,1,4,2,2)

3 And 12 Across. The position of the substitute magistrate is (2,3,5)

5. See 15 Down

6. Does his act consist of doing the twist? (13)

7. In the holidays we’d entered the country (6)

8. Some of the lovers expound it (5)

13. Show anxiety about horse slaughter (7)

15 And 5 Down. Financial position in early part of the year that carries some weight! (6-7)

16. Almost put a value on noodles (5)

17. Not all of the price realised for grain (6)

20. Wood put back in someone’s pocket (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Clear (6)

4. Interfere (6)

9. Surrounding (13)

10. Hang (7)

11. Eagle’s nest (5)

12. Merriment (5)

14. Slacken (5)

18. Tremor (5)

19. Mix (7)

21. Characteristic (13)

22. Occupant (6)

23. Tacky (6)

Down

1. Bosom (6)

2. Inquiry (13)

3. Crowd (5)

5. Mean (7)

6. Fatherly (13)

7. Alleviation (6)

8. Insinuating (5)

13. Treachery (7)

15. Jet (6)

16. Small cake (5)

17. Discern (6)

20. Earn (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 4 Account; 8 Thomas; 9 Infancy; 10 Rating; 11 Enlist; 12 Observer; 18 Needless; 20 Sewing; 21 Impact; 22 Instead; 23 Virtue; 24 Florida. Down: 1 Stardom; 2 Contest; 3 Wagner; 5 Converse; 6 Oracle; 7 Nicest; 13 Vanguard; 14 Penalty; 15 Ash-tree; 16 Vernal; 17 Victor; 19 Domain.

QUICK

Across: 4 Askance; 8 Doomed; 9 Enclose; 10 Extent; 11 Unable; 12 Shameful; 18 Surmount; 20 Deduct; 21 Talent; 22 Passive; 23 Arrant; 24 Install. Down: 1 Adverse; 2 Portray; 3 Seance; 5 Singular; 6 Afloat; 7 Castle; 13 Festival; 14 Numeral; 15 Statute; 16 Regain; 17 Outset; 19 Meagre.