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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. After a blow I take a tumble, but show enjoyment (5,4,4)

8. Abuse by making it taller (3-5)

9. Sorceress loses her head and causes irritation (4)

10. Several who take the plunge (6)

12. Reg was ordered to make bets (6)

14. A news broadcast gets the right response (6)

16. Energetic person many found back in the party (6)

18. Spoils the heavenly body (4)

20. Many miners dig up a mineral for us (8)

22. Refuse to take sides in fine contest he organised (3,2,3,5)

Down

1. Paint bird and animal concealing small head (8)

2. Attack articles on science (6)

3. Cupid’s back is painful (4)

4. Given the greatest love, got married (8)

5. Throw around the youth leader and get airborne (6)

6. Record, I note, is in verse (4)

11. Right, see about tiny alterations to peace (8)

13. Party drink can give an odd blow (3,5)

15. Mods return to Mayfair revealing enlightenment (6)

17. Tended to get red sunset ... (6)

19. ... within a dark recess (4)

21. Humble patient (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Indiscernible (13)

8. Nonplus (8)

9. Retain (4)

10. Talented (6)

12. Item (6)

14. Sequence (6)

16. Culminate (6)

18. Stray (4)

20. Greed (8)

22. Confirmation (13)

Down

1. Idiot (8)

2. Portray (6)

3. Bitter (4)

4. Scattered (8)

5. Coupon (6)

6. Hint (4)

11. Define (8)

13. Idleness (8)

15. Unsteady (6)

17. Encourage (6)

19. Expectant (4)

21. Aperture (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Diva; 8 Silly mid-on; 9 Diminish; 10 Cope; 12 Scotch; 14 Saloon; 15 Felony; 17 Porter; 18 Stet; 19 Calamity; 21 Compatriot; 22 Eats.

Down: 2 Indiscreet; 3 Asti; 4 Sleigh; 5 Typhus; 6 Circular; 7 Once; 11 Protestant; 13 Two-steps; 16 Yachts; 17 Pallid; 18 Sock; 20 Mate.

QUICK

Across: 1 Drug; 8 Accomplish; 9 Disprove; 10 Gown; 12 Squirt; 14 Embody; 15 Dismal; 17 Grease; 18 Thin; 19 Puncture; 21 Mountebank; 22 Eddy.

Down: 2 Relinquish; 3 Gasp; 4 Accost; 5 Impede; 6 Eligible; 7 Shun; 11 Widespread; 13 Imminent; 16 Lopped; 17 Genial; 18 Tame; 20 Take.