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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

4. Act or dance (7)

8. Ten are ordered to be more smart (6)

9. Runner allowed to take part in a different heat (7)

10. It is suspended when it is very cold (6)

11. Pointer to what the heckler tries to do (6)

12. He looks after the nannies as well as the kids (8)

18. Poor ending it might make (8)

20. Accommodating place makes a change for those approaching fifty (6)

21. Make sharp attack upon Reformed Church (6)

22. Find her with nothing on in bed, smoking one? (7)

23. Refined engine driver (6)

24. Possibly respect a sign of authority (7)

Down

1. Games period (7)

2. Essential requirement for starting a mine in California (7)

3. Riches gained by breaking the law (6)

5. No longer minded being drawn out? (8)

6. Pirate money (6)

7. What a baby may play with will make one nervous (6)

13. A bad actor? (4-4)

14. Yearned anew for clerical office (7)

15. It may need a jack up before being repaired (7)

16. This style of architecture has its points (6)

17. Purist organisation to agitate (4,2)

19. Subjected to decreasing pressure? (6)

Quick puzzle

Across

4. Narration (7)

8. Iced (6)

9. Animate (7)

10. Deadly (6)

11. Result (6)

12. Meet (8)

18. Request (8)

20. Bestow (6)

21. Tempt (6)

22. Calendar (7)

23. Powerful (6)

24. Dark-skinned (7)

Down

1. Distress (7)

2. Destiny (7)

3. Threat (6)

5. Victory (8)

6. Resist (6)

7. Slender (6)

13. Scold (8)

14. Guest (7)

15. Suffer (7)

16. Empty (6)

17. Business (6)

19. Inborn (6)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Proletarian; 9 Ebb; 10 Manifesto; 11 Fount; 13 Talents; 14 Eldest; 16 Ostend; 18 Version; 19 Riser; 20 Chain gang; 21 Pot; 22 Meteorology.

Down: 2 Rib; 3 Limit; 4 Tenets; 5 Raffles; 6 Absentees; 7 Self-service; 8 Considerate; 12 Undertake; 15 Science; 17 Unfair; 19 Regal; 21 Peg.

QUICK - Across: 1 Counterfeit; 9 Nod; 10 Situation; 11 Essay; 13 Isolate; 14 Fright; 16 Trying; 18 Scuttle; 19 Dingo; 20 Loathsome; 21 Wan; 22 Gesticulate.

Down: 2 Odd; 3 Nasty; 4 Entail; 5 Flavour; 6 Imitation; 7 Unselfishly; 8 Underground; 12 Stipulate; 15 Hatchet; 17 Heroic; 19 Dwell; 21 Wet.