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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. Various needs are expressed in music (8)

5. Young bird lacking the knowledge to be fashionable (4)

9. Mail diverted to African state (4)

10. Musicians get together to make it up (8)

11. Open tarts, perhaps (5)

12. Mother goes first to point out part of the mast (7)

13. Minimum fare for those barred from free travel? (5,3,5)

18. Well brought up, but lacking refinement (5,3)

19. High spots of a European tour (4)

20. An old Empire sofa (7)

21. Seat of battle? (5)

22. A wrong to right (4)

23. Guiding line about two similar points (8)

Down

2. Once in the theatre he demands his money’s-worth (7)

3. Time to take in a strange rite by the Red Sea (7)

4. Keep the matter dark? Not at all! (4,7,2)

6. Tabitha makes a place for animals and plants (7)

7. No quick-growing plant (7)

8. Give notice (6)

13. Don’t keep a promise to move a car from the garage? (4,3)

14. It provides no latitude for the navigator (7)

15. Dark thoughts? (6)

16. No expert, but someone of a mature disposition (7)

17. Give reason for broken axle-pin (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Scorn (8)

5. Pack (4)

9. Aid (4)

10. Last (8)

11. Prohibition (5)

12. Base (7)

13. Powers of memory (13)

18. Monument (8)

19. Intellect (4)

20. Repeat (7)

21. Viper (5)

22. Location (4)

23. Misanthropy (8)

Down

2. Work (7)

3. First-rate (3-4)

4. Rashly (13)

6. Bother (7)

7. Testimony (7)

8. Border (6)

13. Relics (7)

14. Storm (7)

15. Regular (6)

16. Wandering (7)

17. Perfect (7)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 6 Bitumen; 7 Local; 9 She; 10 Kidnapped; 12 Glider pilot; 15 Take lessons; 17 Gathering; 19 Ace; 21 Merry; 22 Overall.

Down: 1 Tight; 2 Gut; 3 Levi; 4 Compliant; 5 Care for; 8 Snarls; 11 Elsewhere; 13 Dreary; 14 Cabaret; 16 Scale; 18 Nave; 20 Ore.

QUICK

Across: 6 Gainsay; 7 Peril; 9 Bay; 10 Veritable; 12 Competition; 15 Considerate; 17 Charlatan; 19 Ill; 21 Snack; 22 Illegal.

Down: 1 Fatal; 2 End; 3 Daze; 4 Devastate; 5 Killjoy; 8 Litter; 11 Constrict; 13 Pedlar; 14 Nothing; 16 Float; 18 Able; 20 Wet.