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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. Their meteoric careers are almost over (7,5)

7. A sign to know (5)

8. It’s poisonous so mother gets a doctor in (5)

9. A bird stuck in the mud (3)

10. Show fight but begin the journey home? (5,4)

11. So reverse and incline to port (6)

12. It’s a matter of choice (6)

15. In touch, perhaps, though not in the cast (3,2,4)

17. One for the expert (3)

18. A trio breaks up a relationship (5)

19. Number get a fever that’s ill-defined (5)

21. Fatal accuracy? (4,2,6)

Down

1. An impostor’s standard (5,7)

2. Use it for writing to re-united kin (3)

3. Cordial from Ealing (6)

4. When it is, the creditor may not allow it! (4,2,3)

5. With spirit a sailor gets up to dance (5)

6. Have no attraction - like unprofitable investments? (4,8)

7. Letter to a relative in reproach (5)

10. Reptilian imperturbability? (9)

13. I’m a long time making a picture (5)

14. They may take the field an hour before midday (6)

16. It was in the church’s interest (5)

20. Proceed to a port in India (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Disjointed (12)

7. Apportion (5)

8. Niggard (5)

9. Perceive (3)

10. Unlike (9)

11. Lessen (6)

12. Alcove (6)

15. Extreme (9)

17. Health resort (3)

18. Smallest (5)

19. Insinuate (5)

21. Fear (12)

Down

1. Calamitously (12)

2. Lubricate (3)

3. Inform (6)

4. Fit (9)

5. Follow (5)

6. Avowal (12)

7. In front (5)

10. House-painter (9)

13. Composition (5)

14. High-spirited (6)

16. Vagrant (5)

20. Enclosure (3)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Breadwinner; 9 Add; 10 Horseless; 11 Sorts; 13 Tollage; 14 Hoists; 16 Assist; 18 Baffled; 19 Panda; 20 Carriages; 21 Col; 22 Dead as a dodo.

Down: 2 Rod; 3 Athos; 4 Warmth; 5 Needles; 6 Elevation; 7 Pass the buck; 8 Essentially; 12 Reinforce; 15 Tallied; 17 Adages; 19 Posed; 21 Cod.

QUICK

Across: 1 Prevaricate; 9 Lie; 10 Conqueror; 11 Nadir; 13 Glacial; 14 Easily; 16 Belief; 18 Thought; 19 Elder; 20 Narrative; 21 Set; 22 Deferential.

Down: 2 Rue; 3 Vicar; 4 Renege; 5 Courage; 6 Terrified; 7 Clandestine; 8 Proliferate; 12 Discourse; 15 Luggage; 17 Attire; 19 Erect; 21 Sea.