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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. Criminal fellow with an agent (10)

7. Don’t prevent Lola getting diverted to the west (5)

8. Keep out of sight at one time in a short visit (7)

10. How to offend against religious laws completely (8)

11. They cool down ardent followers (4)

13. Works as a budding producer (6)

15. The minister is Father S. Hill (6)

17. Conservative attempt to hold the ring (4)

18. Puppets used at the students’ carnival? (3-5)

21. They provide sustenance for consumers about the end of the afternoon (7)

22. On no occasion producing a piece of Alexandrine verse (5)

23. These areas will produce the pansy (6-4)

Down

1. Mail diverted to north Italian location (5)

2. Actions to fulfil the requirements in the regulations (8)

3. It’s easy to keep the account in line (6)

4. See 20 Down.

5. Be too dramatic concerning a law (7)

6. Presumably not describing close observers (3-7)

9. What remains when all other holiday places are fully booked! (4,6)

12. Flowering plant requiring a change in the drainage (8)

14. Organise a place for shooting, we hear (7)

16. Goes beyond the mountain routes (6)

19. Early reception on the Embankment! (5)

20 And 4 Down. These could revolutionise the bar scene! (4-4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Document (10)

7. Small weight (5)

8. Revel (7)

10. Make easy (8)

11. Fad (4)

13. Inflict (6)

15. Seek (6)

17. Standard (4)

18. Soporific (8)

21. Adjective (7)

22. Month (5)

23. Consistently (10)

Down

1. Musical note (5)

2. Unnecessary (8)

3. Conflict (6)

4. Foray (4)

5. Ewer (7)

6. Moral sense (10)

9. Tumbledown (10)

12. Liking (8)

14. Porch (7)

16. Kine (6)

19. Late (5)

20. Footwear (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Smack one’s lips; 8 Ill-treat; 9 Itch; 10 Divers; 12 Wagers; 14 Answer; 16 Dynamo; 18 Mars; 20 Numerous; 22 Sit on the fence.

Down: 1 Emulsion; 2 Scathe; 3 Sore; 4 Bestowed; 5 Flying; 6 Epic; 11 Serenity; 13 Rum punch; 15 Wisdom; 17 Nursed; 19 Amid; 21 Meek.

QUICK

Across: 7 Imperceptible; 8 Bewilder; 9 Keep; 10 Gifted; 12 Detail; 14 Series; 16 Climax; 18 Waif; 20 Rapacity; 22 Corroboration.

Down: 1 Imbecile; 2 Depict; 3 Acid; 4 Sporadic; 5 Ticket; 6 Clue; 11 Describe; 13 Inaction; 15 Infirm; 17 Incite; 19 Agog; 21 Pore.