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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. Girl always up with the lark? (4)

8. Where the fielder may need additional insurance? (5,5)

9. Make meat into mince? Never! (2,2,4)

10. Boy fits new lead in plaything (4)

12. A singer under the influence of drink? (6)

14. Observe present and past alternate motion (6)

15. Putting article in drink develops potbelly! (6)

17. Cunning intake of mixed gin one at a time (6)

18. Making a professional charge as a restaurateur does? (4)

19. Onion was prepared for fainting (2,1,5)

21. A few mind an eccentric couple (3,3,4)

22. Standard pattern of alternative letters (4)

Down

2. Nevertheless there’s no difference (3,3,4)

3. One of the most urbane Roman emperors (4)

4. Contention results if rest is disturbed (6)

5. Bets pay is about right (6)

6. Possibly use north for the opposite (8)

7. The soldiers take half the gear belonging to me (4)

11. Even a lorry could be almost finished (6,4)

13. One fated to be unmusical, perhaps (4,4)

16. Top treatment? (4-2)

17. Last out contained by dictator (6)

18. The reputation of the chief American manufacturer (4)

20. How soon will he explain new initials? (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Jetty (4)

8. Spotless (10)

9. Shame (8)

10. Component (4)

12. Thoroughfare (6)

14. Moderate (6)

15. Tender (6)

17. Piercing (6)

18. Stupefy (4)

19. Declare (8)

21. Youth (10)

22. Level (4)

Down

2. Accusation (10)

3. Circle (4)

4. Collision (6)

5. Cry (6)

6. Struggle (8)

7. Enthusiasm (4)

11. Unfailing (10)

13. Ensnare (8)

16. Uncover (6)

17. Spade (6)

18. Bogus (4)

20. Tardy (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Palma; 8 Agitate; 9 Raw deal; 10 Acted; 12 Drowsiness; 15 Attendants; 18 Perch; 19 Catcher; 21 Angered; 22 Lying.

Down: 1 Spirit-lamp; 2 Flaws; 3 Game; 4 Fallow; 5 Bigamist; 6 Mantles; 11 Discourage; 13 Run short; 14 Storage; 16 Arcade; 17 Chain; 20 Tell.

QUICK

Across: 7 Raise; 8 Evolved; 9 Glimmer; 10 Knave; 12 Fatherhood; 15 Thoroughly; 18 Craft; 19 Invoice; 21 Retreat; 22 Chase.

Down: 1 Prognostic; 2 Limit; 3 Deem; 4 Search; 5 Cockerel; 6 Aviator; 11 Endangered; 13 Apostles; 14 Loyalty; 16 Gaiety; 17 Vital; 20 Vice.